Explore Kirkby Lonsdale

Welcome to Kirkby Lonsdale

Surrounded by countryside and set on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this compact, walkable town puts you in easy reach of the counties of Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire. A short drive will take you into the Central Lakes, with Kendal and Lancaster within easy reach.
In 2021 Kirkby Lonsdale was voted one of the best in the North West in The Sunday Times newspaper’s  ‘Best Places to Live in the UK’, but visitors have been coming for decades for its independent shops, quality restaurants, healthy outdoor activities and quirky festivals.
And of course this historic town has many stories to tell. Check out the legend of Devil’s Bridge while you enjoy a picnic on its banks, enjoy looking out over Ruskin’s View as you learn about Ruskin and Turner’s relationships with the town and hear how Peter Pan was inspired by its residents.

Come and see us at the Information & Gift Shop where we can give you our top tips about what to see and do and ask us about our Guided Vault Walks or The Vault Story Trail.  

Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market

The Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market runs every week on a Thursday with a variety of local arts, crafts and produce from Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire. The Country Market takes place on the same day at Lunesdale Hall.

Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market

Coronavirus Help & Information

For Coronavirus updates, advice and resources, visit our Mutual Aid Page or find the most up to date information on the Cumbria County Council website

You can also find food support from the Community Cupboard who are based at the rugby club.

Latest Kirkby Lonsdale Facebook Posts

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16 hours 20 minutes ago

We're spreading the word on curd with our programme of cheese and local produce events throughout the Yorkshire Dales National Park! #CheeseFest21 From 7 - 10 October there will be an unparalleled line-up of artisan cheesemakers, fabulous producers using ingredients found on their doorstep, tasting sessions, demos and some menu

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20 hours 59 minutes ago

The deadline for a stall in Lunesdale Hall over Christmas Fair weekend is next Wednesday 6th October! Apply now if you want a stall Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th December 🎁 Apply now - kirkbylonsdale.info/christmas-fair-applications-2021-lunesdale-hall/ There will be fewer chalets than usual and we will be placing an emphasis on


Guided Vault Walks

Discover Kirkby Lonsdale’s rich cultural history and book onto a guided Vault walk every first and third Friday and Saturday of the month!

The Vault: An Interactive Experience

Unlock Kirkby Lonsdale’s hidden stories when you discover The Vault: An Interactive Installation at the back of the Information & Gift Shop…

Apply for the Christmas Fair 2021

Are you interested in applying for a stall at the Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair 2021? We are delighted to be able to put on the Christmas Fair in Kirkby Lonsdale this 2021 and you can apply for your space here…