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Bewcastle Cross & Museum

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Address: Bewcastle, Carlisle CA6, Carlisle CA6 , England
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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An inspiring and important English monument.

The lovely Bewcastle cross is well worth the journey into the wilds. Set in very remote but beautiful countryside it is a wonder of English history. One of, if not the, earliest... read more

Reviewed 28 February 2017
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

The lovely Bewcastle cross is well worth the journey into the wilds. Set in very remote but beautiful countryside it is a wonder of English history. One of, if not the, earliest examples of written English. Why isn't it better known/ advertised I wonder but the peace and tranquility are precious too I suppose. The little museum next to it... More 

Thank Lin1708
Leeds, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

What a little gem of a place this is. It's very remote and very unexpected when you get to it but worth the short trip out from the Brampton area. This tiny, beautiful church and it's lovely churchyard are a great place full of history. Also on site at the side of the churchyard is a small, but incredibly informative... More 

4 Thank margaret h
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

This is in very remote and beautiful country. The drive out is on tiny roads - but well worth the effort. On the day we visited there was snow on the distant hills, which was both magical and beautiful. The cross is 7th century and not complete - but there is still a lot to see. The little (free) museum... More 

1 Thank cathie22016
St Andrews, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 August 2016

We went on a dark and windy August day and had a sense of how challenging a posting this would be for soldiers from nearby Hadrians wall. A small free walkin museum thoughtfully provided with EU and other funding helped us see how the cross might have looked in its glory days, and the wee church beside it gave us... More 

1 Thank jkp12016
Portland, Oregon
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925 reviews
300 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

So we started with the Bewcastle cross, kind of out in the middle of nowhere, farms and sheep. And It was standing somewhat damaged but legible in a cemetery next to a church which was locked. But most rewarding was the information on the Ruthwell cross review to follow and all the crosses and Pictish carvings to come

Thank tiredandtravelled
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

I first came to Bewcastle on a 'magical mystery tour' with my children. Even just driving through it in the car I was struck by the isolated, haunting beauty of it, with a deep sense of history. I've lived in Cumbria - at not-far-away-Brampton - for 8 years and kept meaning to cycle up here, and I finally achieved it... More 

1 Thank Sarah L
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

Travelling though the remote countryside of East Cumbria, the last thing you would expect to find is a unique, ground-breaking piece of art -- The Bewcastle Cross. Miles from anywhere, this 14ft high Anglian Cross is said to have mediterranean influences and possibly even some Egyptian input but whatever the influences that great architectural writer Pevsner says quite unequivocally "English... More 

3 Thank Chester F
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2015

This is a beautiful, peaceful church and and atmospheric churchyard. Loved reading the enormous grave markers. There's also a very interesting museum.

Thank Cas P
Clare, United Kingdom
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178 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

It takes a while to reach this fascinating monument and small museum, but it is very worthwhile, and one should also visit the church and the castle ruin.

Thank turtle9
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2015

This is a tiny church in the middle of nowhere however the local community look after it beautifully. There is an ancient cross that is of particular interest and there is an old castle ruin on the next door farm. The little building with displays is a good place for rainy day.

Thank PipsK

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