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Set in a beautiful, quiet valley, Cartmel is one of the Lake District's most historic and vibrant villages. It is built around the glorious 12th century Priory Church, with quiet flower-filled corners and charming craft shops Cartmel restaurants are first class, as are a number of Cartmel pubs and cafés, all surrounded by breath taking Lakeland scenery.

Around Cartmel's market square you’ll find a delightful assortment of buildings dating from the 16th - 18th century. The Village Shop has a prime position and is world-famous for its Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding. There’s an interesting selection of artisan food shops in Unsworth’s Yard. A thriving food market on the third Friday of every month gives visitors a real taste of quality local produce.

Nearby is Holker Hall, the friendly and welcoming stately home owned and lived in by Lord & Lady Cavendish and their family. The beautiful 25 acres of national award-winning gardens are classed amongst the best in the world. 

Cartmel is also home to one of the most picturesque small racecourses in the country. There are three race meetings each summer, attracting top owners, trainers and jockeys with ever-increasing prize money!

Cartmel... Did you know?

The Priory Church of St Mary and St Michael was founded in 1189 and allowed to remain ‘unplucked down’ during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Villagers once traded at the market cross and fish slabs, situated by the water pump in the village square.

Horse racing at Cartmel dates back to 1856, but is likely to have been a sport as early as the 15th century, when monks from the Priory would have entertained themselves by organising races on mules!

Cartmel is home to the internationally acclaimed two Michelin-starred restaurant L’enclume, which has been ranked the best in Britain for a second year running in the 2014 Good Food Guide.

Find out more about Cartmel

Official Guide to Cartmel Cartmel Village
Cartmel Racecource What's On in Cartmel?

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