Tranquil and beautiful, Lanercost Priory is a stunning 13th-century Augustinian Monastery. Standing close to Hadrian’s Wall, it suffered frequent attacks during the long Anglo-Scottish wars, once by Robert Bruce in person. The mortally sick King Edward I rested here for five months in 1306-7, shortly before his death on his final campaign. Yet there is still much to see in this best-preserved of Cumbrian monasteries. The east end of the noble 13th-century church survives to its full height, housing within its dramatic triple tier of arches some fine monuments.
Directions: Off a minor road running through the village of Lanercost; 2 miles north-east of Brampton and 13 miles from Carlisle. Postcode: CA8 2HQ