St Michael's Church
St Michael's Church is a Grade 1 listed building dating from the 12th C. The church is built mainly from stones from Hadrian's Wall and the Roman fort on which it is situated. It's history spans 8 decades.
Edward I died on Burgh marsh in 1307 and his body lay in state for 10 days in Burgh Church, during which time it was visited by his heir Edward II and the court of the day.
The 14th C Pele Tower (one of only 3 attached to churches still standing in Cumbria) provided a place of refuge for the villagers and their animals during the following centuries of lawlessness and the rule of the Border Reivers. The original heavy gate (yeat) and the twin bells used to alert the villagers in those days are still in use today.
Many original features can be viewed including a carved Celtic head and Saxon carved stones. Victorian stained glass windows depict Edward I and 4 of the Celtic saints, Cuthbert, Ninian, Aidan and Kentigern.
Open all the time
Winter opening: 9.00-16.00 daily. Summer opening: 09.00-17.00 daily.
VenueSt Michael's Church
Burgh-by-Sands, Carlisle, CA5 6BG
Map reference: NY 327593 Lat: 54.92384 Long: -3.05159
Travel west on A595 from centre of Carlisle. At Carrs, branch right on to B5307 signposted to Bowness on Solway. Burgh-by-Sands is approximately 4.5 miles along this road.
Parking : free
Accessible by Public Transport : 6 miles (9.7 kms) from Carlisle station
We are currently working to obtain permission to install a disabled toilet and kitchen facilites. also to open an ancient doorway for disabled access.
Self-assessed accessibility details
- The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
- is solid
- Drop-off point for guests outside entrance
- The route from the parking area to the entrance:
- Has a ramp
- Steps to the main entrance
- 2Number of steps to entrance
- Ramp to entrance
- Entrance is well lit
- Good contrast between the floor and walls
- Hearing loop installed in public areas
- Hearing loop system
- Seating available for visitors with limited mobility
- Effective lighting for visually impaired visitors
- Routes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
- Displays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children