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Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall

No trip to Carlisle is complete without learning about its rich and varied Roman Heritage. Uncover what is hidden amongst the scenic beauty of Carlisle’s Northern Borderlands and highlighted by Hadrian’s Wall – UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprehensively celebrated at Birdoswald Roman Fort and Visitor Centre.


10.00am (2 hours duration) – All the threads of Carlisle’s colourful life and times are woven together dramatically in the displays of the award-winning Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is Carlisle's finest visitor attraction, and houses considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences.


12.00pm (30 minutes duration) – Leave Carlisle on A69 eastwards towards Brampton and Newcastle, turning for Lanercost after Brampton.

12:30pm (1 hour duration) – Enjoy lunch at the Lanercost Tea Rooms and Gift Shop. Indulge in local Cumbrian produce and homemade treats.
Lanercost Tearoom

Lanercost Tea Room

Hearty hotpots, Cumberland sausage baps and scones in Hadrian’s Wall country.
Lanercost Priory

Lanercost Priory

Standing close to Hadrian's Wall, this beautiful 13C church stands to its full height and remains remarkably well-preserved.


1.30pm (1 hour duration) – Lanercost Priory was founded by Augustinian monks in 1169 and is now an English Heritage property open from Easter to October. The nearby church of St Mary is open to visitors all the year.

2.30pm (15 minutes duration) – Leave Lanercost towards Gilsland (lookout for brown signs).You are now on the old military road.

2.45pm (1.5 hours duration) – Now an interactive Visitor Centre and situated on a superb stretch of Hadrian's Wall, Birdoswald Roman Fort was once home to Roman soldiers 2,000 years ago.
Excavations have uncovered a unique basilica or drill hall, granary buildings and the west gateway.

4.15pm (45 minutes duration) – Enjoy afternoon tea in the cosy tea room.

5.00pm – Leave for home or hotel.

Please note that it advisable that all group visits should pre-book with individual attractions.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the details contained on this website are correct, GoLakes Travel cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or misrepresentation.

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald stands high above a meander in the River Irthing, in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. A Roman fort, turret and milecastle can all be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall.
Lanercost Priory

Lanercost Priory

Standing close to Hadrian's Wall, this beautiful 13C church stands to its full height and remains remarkably well-preserved.

Details of Lanercost Tea RoomLanercost Tea Room

Adjacent to 12th century Lanercost Priory and with the World Heritage site of Hadrian's Wall less than half a mile away there's plenty to do locally. In the converted outbuildings to the original Abbey Farm is a fabulous Tea Room, Gift Shop and Hadrian's Wall Visitor Information Centre which makes it an ideal start to your journey to explore the World Heritage Site. We are only 2 miles from the small market town of Brampton, and a short drive from the city of Carlisle with easy access to the M6, just follow the brown tourist sign to Lanercost Priory.

Lanercost Tea Room is more than a tea room, our ethos is simple, ‘we don’t serve “fast food”, we serve good food as fast as we can!'

Our menu reflects this, with homemade food, freshly prepared to order using quality local produce. We serve breakfast and lunch every day of the week along with speciality teas and coffee, indulgent cake and homemade scones (freshly baked each morning!). We also have a daily Specials Board and Gluten Free options. And when the weather is kind you can enjoy sitting outside on our terrace - ‘café culture Cumbrian style’.

We are the perfect place to meet and eat all year round from 9:30am – 5:00pm every day, come rain or shine. Situated less than half a mile away from the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall and next door to the 12th century Lanercost Priory we are truly blessed with a fabulous setting and the perfect place to start your journey across the wall.

Our gift shop is packed full of unique products from candles, lip balms and soaps to pure wool throws, scarfs, handbags and decorative accessories. We like to support other small and local businesses so many of our products are ‘Made in Cumbria’ or ‘Made in Britain’.We also sell local jams, preserves and beers.

We love all dogs so it seemed natural for us to open a dedicated dog friendly seating area, Bark & Brew, so dogs can enjoy relaxing their owners indoors, all year round.

View key to symbolskeyBaby changing facilities Credit cards accepted (no fee) Disabled toilets Gift shop On-site catering On-site light refreshments Regional Tourist Board Member Coach parties accepted Children welcomeDisabled accessSmoking not allowed


Mike & Victoria Farley
Tel: 016977 41267

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Lanercost Tea Room

Abbey Farm, Lanercost, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2HQ


Map reference: NY 554638
     Lat: 54.96680  Long: -2.69814
Twelve miles east of Carlisle, near Brampton. Follow the brown tourist signs to Lanercost Priory / Birdoswald Roman Fort from either the A69 or A689, Carlisle to Newcastle.

Free tea/coffee for the driver & free coach parking.

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