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Abbey, £2.50-£5

Furness Abbey

Furness Abbey


The impressive remains of an abbey founded by Stephen, later King of England, including much of the east and west tower of the church, the ornately decorated chapter house and the cloister buildings. Originally of the Savigniac order, it passed to the Cistercians in 1147 and despite damage by Scottish raiders became, after Fountains Abbey, the second most prosperous Cistercian abbey in all England. Set in the 'vale of nightshade', the romantic ruins were celebrated by Wordsworth in his Prelude of 1805.
An exhibition on the history of the abbey, with a quality display of elaborately carved stones can be seen in the visitor centre.
A special audio tour is included in the admission price.

Opening details

Closed 24-26 December, 31 December and 1 January.


Adult £5.00, concession £4.50, children £3.00. family tickets (2 adults and 3 children) £13.00, Prices exclude Gift Aid. Group rates available. Free to English Heritage members


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted


Abbey Approach,
Furness Abbey,
LA13 0PJ


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Map reference: SD 217719  Lat: 54.13751 Long: -3.19855

Situated 1.5 miles north of Barrow-in-Furness off A590.

Parking: free

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