Furness Abbey
Furness Abbey
4.5
Historic SitesAncient RuinsReligious Sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Ian P
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit with really friendly and helpful staff
    The Abbey is so beautiful! The details and preservation of parts of the Abbey complex are stunning. The museum adds to the interest. I bought a guidebook and this really brought the site alive. The visitor assistant gave us so much help and advice about where we could eat locally. We walked up some steps from the car park and reached the Abbey hotel in a few minutes. Three cappuccinos and a latte cost less than £12 and its a really beautiful smart hotel. She also gave a local map showing Dalton in Furness as well as the beaches on Walney Island!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Trip820556
    Manchester, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to Furness Abbey and overnnight car park stay.
    We travelled from South Manchester specifically to see the Furness Abbey after seeing Fountains Abbey some months back. The intention was to stay in the free car park to the south of the Abbey. A bit of a warning here, our sat nav brought us the quickest route of course, but going that way we found the road blocked by huge stone slabs. This was quite frustrating as we were a stones-throw from the car park but had to turn round and find the alternate way in, which turns out had far better access, so beware. We reached the car park and could park easily. It is extremely popular with dog walkers, there are cars arriving and leaving very frequently, plus there are visitors going to the pleasent cafe situated just a few yards away. As evening falls the place becomes deserted, and the car park is very remote and isolated at night, with no lights anywhere. Luckily there were two other vans staying over so it didn't feel too bad. Early morning brings back the dog walkers and the place gets busy very quickly once more. Next morning we walked to the visitor centere, there the staff gave us an informed talk on the history of the abbey and the surrounding area, the hotel and the railway station. We then went through the exhibit room and out to the Abbey itself. The Abbey had a couple of nice examples of surviving ceilings, and some very interesting scaffolding helping to stabilise some of the building that had started to sink. We left the Abbey by the visitor centre and walked back to the cafe for a coffee and a bite to eat before setting off. A great day was made even better by a visit to the Lakeland Motor Museum which was on our way back to the Motorway.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Owenthomas
    Berthoud, Colorado968 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing ruin
    This abbey was started in 1147 by King Stephen before he became king. Very complete church walls and layout of ranges were well defined. The sedilia was completely intact, located just up from the high altar. During repairs in 2010, they excavated near the high alter and discovered the body of an abbot holding a Crozier and wearing a ring. The abbey was raided by the Scotts many times in the 12-14th century. When that happened, the monks moved over to Dalton Castle, a well defended castle.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Sue Davis
    Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exploring history
    Very peaceful place. Great ruins - has a lovely lady staff member. No tea shop but has hot drinks machine. Muddy at the moment, but that's due to the amount of rain - let's dogs in too.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 March 2024
  • meplusthree
    Sale, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Furness Abbey
    What a fabulous place. Last visited many years ago and was impressed by the improvements to accessibility that had been made. The restoration of the steps to the monks dormitory was so worth it as it gives you a much better idea of scale - plus a fab view. Have to mention Lucy in the reception who greeted us. What a fantastic asset to English Heritage she is! Someone with a genuine passion for what she does - so informative and made the visit. Will be joining English Heritage because of how she brought the site to life. A wonderful visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2024
  • Tourist549358
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and Tranquil
    This is a beautiful location on the outskirts of Barrow. The Abbey ruins are set with a back drop of a woodland walk and an Amphitheatre in full view. The Abbey is a large site and it felt like it was so tranquil and spacious to walk around. There is plenty of seating areas to enjoy the full views. I have to mention the recent construction of the night stairs, which takes you up to a viewing platform. The views are spectacular. The guide book really does enhance the visit as there is a detailed map with a great description of the history of the Abbey. There is a cafe just outside the grounds, and coffee and ice-creams available in the gift shop. I had a lovely view of the whole grounds at the picnic area at the end of the visit. It is a beautiful and peaceful location. I will be back, often.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 April 2024
  • Tony H
    Southport, United Kingdom128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting piece of English history
    As lovers of historic buildings, we decided to visit Furness Abbey on our way home from a lovely weekend in Barrow-in-Furness. The receptionist was a font of knowledge, and gave a very informative description of the site and its history before we ventured out to explore the site. This undoubtedly added to the enjoyment of our visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2024
  • Simon J
    Manchester, United Kingdom76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Church Ruins
    The Abbey is a beautiful ruin to walk around. The impressive remains of an abbey founded by Stephen, later King of England, including much of the east end and west tower of the church, the ornately decorated chapter house and the cloister buildings. Emergency conservation work is taking place to stop the ruined abbey church sinking into the soft ground. You don’t need to book your ticket in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit. The tickets are free to English Heritage members
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2024
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Simon J
Manchester, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Abbey is a beautiful ruin to walk around. The impressive remains of an abbey founded by Stephen, later King of England, including much of the east end and west tower of the church, the ornately decorated chapter house and the cloister buildings.

Emergency conservation work is taking place to stop the ruined abbey church sinking into the soft ground.

You don’t need to book your ticket in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit. The tickets are free to English Heritage members
Written 29 May 2024
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Tony H
Southport, UK128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
As lovers of historic buildings, we decided to visit Furness Abbey on our way home from a lovely weekend in Barrow-in-Furness. The receptionist was a font of knowledge, and gave a very informative description of the site and its history before we ventured out to explore the site. This undoubtedly added to the enjoyment of our visit.
Written 21 May 2024
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Tourist549358
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is a beautiful location on the outskirts of Barrow. The Abbey ruins are set with a back drop of a woodland walk and an Amphitheatre in full view. The Abbey is a large site and it felt like it was so tranquil and spacious to walk around. There is plenty of seating areas to enjoy the full views.
I have to mention the recent construction of the night stairs, which takes you up to a viewing platform. The views are spectacular.
The guide book really does enhance the visit as there is a detailed map with a great description of the history of the Abbey.
There is a cafe just outside the grounds, and coffee and ice-creams available in the gift shop. I had a lovely view of the whole grounds at the picnic area at the end of the visit.
It is a beautiful and peaceful location. I will be back, often.
Written 30 April 2024
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meplusthree
Sale, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
What a fabulous place. Last visited many years ago and was impressed by the improvements to accessibility that had been made. The restoration of the steps to the monks dormitory was so worth it as it gives you a much better idea of scale - plus a fab view.
Have to mention Lucy in the reception who greeted us. What a fantastic asset to English Heritage she is! Someone with a genuine passion for what she does - so informative and made the visit.
Will be joining English Heritage because of how she brought the site to life. A wonderful visit.
Written 4 April 2024
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Sue Davis
Westcliff-on-Sea, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very peaceful place. Great ruins - has a lovely lady staff member. No tea shop but has hot drinks machine. Muddy at the moment, but that's due to the amount of rain - let's dogs in too.
Written 31 March 2024
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Karen
World1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
It was good but I saw two ghosts interacting with each other in the left corner. The employee in the reception told us that they were friendly ghosts
Written 30 March 2024
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Paul B
Chesterfield, UK1,645 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A splendid old Abbey looked after by English Heritage. Great visitor centre with a very informative guide. The ruins a vast. Highly recommended
Written 29 March 2024
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Owenthomas
Berthoud, CO968 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This abbey was started in 1147 by King Stephen before he became king. Very complete church walls and layout of ranges were well defined. The sedilia was completely intact, located just up from the high altar. During repairs in 2010, they excavated near the high alter and discovered the body of an abbot holding a Crozier and wearing a ring. The abbey was raided by the Scotts many times in the 12-14th century. When that happened, the monks moved over to Dalton Castle, a well defended castle.
Written 11 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Trip820556
Manchester, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We travelled from South Manchester specifically to see the Furness Abbey after seeing Fountains Abbey some months back. The intention was to stay in the free car park to the south of the Abbey.
A bit of a warning here, our sat nav brought us the quickest route of course, but going that way we found the road blocked by huge stone slabs. This was quite frustrating as we were a stones-throw from the car park but had to turn round and find the alternate way in, which turns out had far better access, so beware.
We reached the car park and could park easily. It is extremely popular with dog walkers, there are cars arriving and leaving very frequently, plus there are visitors going to the pleasent cafe situated just a few yards away. As evening falls the place becomes deserted, and the car park is very remote and isolated at night, with no lights anywhere. Luckily there were two other vans staying over so it didn't feel too bad. Early morning brings back the dog walkers and the place gets busy very quickly once more.
Next morning we walked to the visitor centere, there the staff gave us an informed talk on the history of the abbey and the surrounding area, the hotel and the railway station. We then went through the exhibit room and out to the Abbey itself. The Abbey had a couple of nice examples of surviving ceilings, and some very interesting scaffolding helping to stabilise some of the building that had started to sink. We left the Abbey by the visitor centre and walked back to the cafe for a coffee and a bite to eat before setting off. A great day was made even better by a visit to the Lakeland Motor Museum which was on our way back to the Motorway.
Written 2 October 2023
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Ian P
Whitby4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The Abbey is so beautiful! The details and preservation of parts of the Abbey complex are stunning. The museum adds to the interest. I bought a guidebook and this really brought the site alive.
The visitor assistant gave us so much help and advice about where we could eat locally. We walked up some steps from the car park and reached the Abbey hotel in a few minutes. Three cappuccinos and a latte cost less than £12 and its a really beautiful smart hotel. She also gave a local map showing Dalton in Furness as well as the beaches on Walney Island!
Written 26 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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