Kirkby Lonsdale

Amazing things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale

Amazing things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale:

The picturesque market town of Kirkby Lonsdale is only thirty minutes drive away from Lothlorien.

It is positioned perfectly between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

Kirkby Lonsdale is a fascinating and relatively unspoiled market town with lots of things to see and do.

Walking around the town you will come across a number of narrow passages with intriguing names such as “Salt Pie Lane”, ” Horse Mark” and “Jingling Lane”.

There are plenty of old inns, and business-like shops.

Amazing things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale

Set in the picturesque Lune Valley, this beautiful market town has something for everyone. 

Central is the pleasant Market Square with a market cross erected in 1905. It is surrounded by a complex of interesting buildings including the imposing Royal Hotel. 

For shoppers:

Kirkby Lonsdale has held a market charter since 1227 and the weekly market has been at the centre of town life ever since.

Thursday is market day which attracts visitors and local people alike.

Amazing things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale

Market day is busy with a range of stalls offering everything from meat, fruit and veg to souvenirs, bakery, plants and clothing.

Well worth a visit is the 14th century Devil’s Bridge which is a magnet for motorcyclists throughout the year. 

Ruskin’s View:

Ruskin’s viewpoint is accessible down a pretty alley beside the Sun Inn and through the graveyard of the Norman Church of St Mary the Virgin.

Furthermore, this view has been immortalised in a painting by JMW Turner, painted in 1822.  John Ruskin described the view as “the loveliest in England”.

Amazing things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale

From Ruskin’s view, there’s another pleasant walk down the radical steps to the River Lune.

Eating Out:

There are plenty of restaurants, pubs and cafes to enjoy a snack or a drink.

Kirkby Lonsdale even has its own brewery where you can try their craft beers at their Royal Barn bar in the town.

Additionally, the town has always had a reputation for quality independent shops lining the main streets in the centre.

For the artistic visitor:

The town boasts two art galleries located on the outskirts – Finestra gallery and Leck gallery.

Recently, The Sunday Times voted Kirkby Lonsdale one of the best places to live in the North West.

Another quirky fact is that the Bronte sisters went to school in nearby Cowen Bridge in the 1820s. 


The town remains popular with visitors and attracts approximately 24,000 visitors each year.

Sunday is especially busy when Devil’s Bridge acts as a meeting point for motorbike enthusiasts.

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