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.

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Welcome to our October 2021 newsletter


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…

Lantern Making for the Christmas Light Switch-On

Join us in making eco-friendly lanterns out of willow and bamboo so that we can fill the streets of Kirkby Lonsdale with magical light during Christmas light switch-on. Get involved with lantern-making…