Cartmel Tourist Information

Cartmel Priory

Cartmel Priory

The original vingage steeplechase - Cartmel Racecourse

The original vingage steeplechase – Cartmel Racecourse

The Lakeland Peninsula’s beautiful local produce centre Cartmel is an idyllic Medieval village and former ‘Cumbria in Bloom’ award-winner, famed for its delectable specialist foods including the award-winning Cartmel sauces and puddings. Just outside the village sits Cartmel Racecourse, Lakeland’s top Jump and National Hunt course with superb on-site hospitality facilities.

Iconic heritage sites in the area include the beautiful Cartmel Priory, founded around 1189 and open for weekly Wednesday guided tours (April to October). Based in a Cartmel cottage or B&B you’re ideally placed for exploring Morecambe Bay and the South Lakes, and you’ll find an excellent range of amenities in the village from famous Michelin Star restaurants like L’Enclume to pretty tea rooms and four traditional real ale inns which include the 450 year old Cavendish Arms coaching inn. Browse Cartmel’s selection of award-winning village shops for fine locally grown and reared produce and visit the nearby Holker Hall estate with an on-site Food Hall offering an array of delicious local Lakeland produce from cheeses to meats and preserves.

The ancient narrow streets and yards of Cartmel village are lined with an exquisite choice of unique shops and you’ll find a choice of tasty farm shops in the area, including the not to be missed Howbarrow Organic Farm Shop and check out Cartmel’s Food Market on the third Friday of each month. Places to stay in Cartmel include everything from luxury B&B guest houses and Camra award-winning inns with rooms to stylish self-catering apartments and Edwardian holiday homes. Look at our wide choice of Cartmel accommodation and book online with Iknow.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.