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kirkby lonsdale

Nestling in the beautiful, lush valley of the River Lune; Kirkby Lonsdale is a market town set on the fringes of both the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park and is a national winner of the Britain in Bloom Competition.

st marys church

St. Mary's: made famous by artist John Ruskin

Kirkby Lonsdale has a rich and mixed heritage taking in influences from Viking, Saxon and Norman times. The town was an important crossroads on the Drovers' Road from Scotland to York and London. Its name derives from the Norse word Kirk which means "church" and by signifies a place name with Viking origins.

The town was granted its charter for fairs in the 13th century and to this day holds a popular market every Thursday. In September the town goes back in time as it holds its annual Victorian Fair.

There is much to tempt the visitor here with pleasant riverside walks along the Lune or the towns beautiful 17th and 18th century buildings and speciality shops.

A popular spot for visitors to Kirkby Lonsdale is the famous Devil's Bridge where you can gaze upon the three ribbed arches spanning the River Lune.

The view of the river from the churchyard of St Mary's captivated Victorian artist John Ruskin, enough for him to describe it as some of the loveliest countryside in the country. Today, visitors will find it hard to disagree.

Market days:

Thursday

More information:

For more information contact the Kirkby Lonsdale Tourist Information Centre or see our useful links.

Kirkby Lonsdale TIC,
24 Main Street,
Kirkby Lonsdale,
Cumbria,
LA6 2AE.
Telephone: 015242 71437 (44 15242 71437)
Email: kltic@southlakeland.gov.uk

Useful links:

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