Cartmel Horse Racing
Cartmel Medieval Priory

Welcome to Cartmel

Welcome to the official website for the vibrant historic village of Cartmel. This unspoilt village is situated in a quiet valley in one of England’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty.

Offering stunning views of the South Lakeland District fells and countryside, Cartmel has grown up around its famous 12th Century medieval Priory Church. It is a special place where ancient history and tradition mingle effortlessly with the present day.

Although steeped in history, Cartmel is not trapped in time and the village offers today's visitors many modern surprises in the form of fine quality attractions, shops, eateries and places to stay.

Around the village square you will discover a delightful assortment of genuine 16th - 18th century buildings providing, as they have for centuries, friendly inns, well stocked shops and private dwellings.

In September 2015 Cartmel Priory will be hosting a series of exciting events, concerts, Flower Pageant and Son et Lumiere to celebrate 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta. Find out more...

  Cartmel Priory Magna Carta  
  Cartmel Priory Magna Carta  

South Lakeland’s Finest...

Peruse this website to discover the many treasures, activities and attractions on offer when you visit Cartmel. Whenever you decide to visit we guarantee you a warm and friendly welcome.

Take time to visit this medieval village, which has won numerous Cumbria in Bloom and Britain In Bloom awards. It's also fascinating to explore the limestone pavements and surrounding landscape that reaches out to meet the sands of Morecambe Bay on the edge of the Furness Peninsula.

Described recently by Chris Evans as a 'Thimble full of diamonds', Cartmel has just been awarded numerous prizes at Cumbria in Bloom 2014. Following Mr Evans talking about his love for Cartmel on his Radio 2 breakfast show hits to this website rose from 3,000 hits a month to over a staggering 10,000 hits in August 2014.

Listen to Chris Evans and Steve Coogan talking on Radio 2 about their love of Cartmel and the Priory on the Cartmel Priory website

For events and listings 2014 and 2015 go to our Community News page.

Find out more about Cartmel's diverse range of businesses on our NEW Business Feature page - This month - Lakeland Segway.

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Cartmel Village Society and Cartmel Priory CofE School have worked together to ensure that the use of a defibrillator, often referred to as an AED (automated external defibrillator), will be available to all the pupils and residents of Cartmel, and also to the visitors who attend the many events held in the village each year.


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Guild of Cartmel Traders

This website and other promotional activites are funded by an enthusiastic group of Cartmel businesses within a 3 mile radius of the village, who work together in partnership.

The Guild of Cartmel Traders Committee, elected in November 2010

Chairman, Colin Burke
Vice Chairman, Richard English, Cavendish Arms - 015395 36240
Treasurer, Pam Atkinson, Cartmel Racecourse - 015395 36340
Secretary, Sandy Kitching, Early Bird Design - 015395 36110
Tim Leader, The Scouts - 015395 33270
Martin Gott, Cartmel Cheeses - 015395 32845
Jonathan Garratt, Cartmel Racecourse - 015395 36340
Andrew Walmsley, The Larch Tree - 015395 36275
Steve Chamberlain, Chamberlains’ Gifts - 015395 33252

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See more photos of the 2014 Cartmel Show on our Facebook page

  Cartmel Show 2014  
  Cartmel Show 2014  
  Cartmel Show 2014  

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Cartmel Show 2013

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Cartmel Food Market

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Hales Chocolates

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Greenbank Farm B&B

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Edible Britain

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Simon Rogan

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Black Horses carriage rides

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