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Things to do in Milnthorpe

Milnthorpe is an ancient village situated to the south of the Lake District. Its beautiful 19th century church overlooks The Square which is surrounded by pretty cottages and shops. Milnthorpe's popular market is held here every Friday. An art exhibition in the church each July attracts large numbers of visitors. 

Milnthorpe was once a port on the banks of the River Bela and the Kent Estuary.  On the edge of Milnthorpe lies Dallam TowerMilnthorpe's St. Thomas' Church Estate, with a 17th century deer park and the beautiful River Bela running through it.

To the South of Milnthorpe lies Lakeland Wildlife Oasis at Hale and The Heron Theatre at Beetham, offering spring and autumn seasons of film, music and drama in a former two-room grammar school. Beetham is also home to Beetham Nurseries, a large garden centre, and the Heron Corn Mill, one of the few working mills in the area and now a visitor attraction housing a Museum of Paper Making in the barn. While you’re in Beetham, don’t miss the Fairy Steps, the natural limestone staircase on Beetham fell.

To the north of Milnthorpe is Levens Hall, the Elizabethan home of the Bagot family, with its world-famous topiary gardens. Enjoy a walk through Levens Park – look out for the distinctive Bagot goats and black fallow deer.

Milnthorpe... Did you know?

Milnthorpe was a medieval market town and, apart from Kendal, was the most important community in the area.

The tower of St Michael’s Church in Beetham dates from the late 12th century, and a stained glass window is thought to date from the 15th century.

Supposedly, if you climb the Fairy Steps without touching the limestone sides of the narrow gully, the fairies will grant your wish. 

Find out more about Milnthorpe

Official Guide to Milnthorpe What's On in Milnthorpe?
Milnthorpe Art Exhibition