Lottie visited in June 2012. The ruins are substantial on a large and well maintained site. The visitor centre is modern and well equipped. It includes a variety of grave covers and architectural artefacts and well as information boards. The custodian was extremely helpful; even by English Heritage’s very high standards. The site doesn’t have information panels by the ruins so a look through the visitor centre before setting out is an advantage. There is outdoor seating if you want to take a picnic with you.
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DogPeople Says : Furness Abbey
Located 1.5 miles NORTH of Barrow-in-Furness, off A590 (OS Map 96; ref SD 218717). An exhibition on the history of the abbey, with a display of elaborately carved stones, can be seen in the visitor centre. Audio tour with hearing loop included in admission price. Parking 5m from entrance.
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. 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.
Check the English Heritage website for details.
Dogs on leads are welcome - contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.
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