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 2019 Kirkby Lonsdale was awarded ‘Best Place to Live in the UK’ by the Times newspaper, 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 Visitor Information Centre and Gift Shop where we can give you our top tips about what to see and do. Or ask us about a free Vault Tour of the town to meet some colourful local characters.  

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Sorry todays Guided walk is full BUT there are two places left on tomorrows guided walk. Call into the Information & Gift Shop or ring 015242 97177 to book

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Did you know Lunesdale Hall has a new Facebook page? Follow it now for updates and events from your local community hall..

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1 day 11 hours ago

Four specially commissioned poems to celebrate Ruskin’s View in 2020! Katie Hale’s poem brought a tear to our eyes and we hope you like it too. The four South Cumbrian poets will have their unique views broadcast on Saturday 26th Sept at Ruskin’s View on some quirky ‘mythophones.’ You’ll also


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    Lunesdale Hall has had a makeover. With a new roof, smart sound system and lighting, the town’s historic and beloved hall is open for bookings. Kirstie Pelling checked out its …Read More »
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    Marketing/Communications Intern We’re hiring! The Kirkby Lonsdale & Lune Valley Community Interest Company ( KL & LV CIC) is looking for an exceptional recent graduate to join their team as …Read More »
  • Lunesdale Hall Reopens for Hire

    All areas of Lunesdale Hall are now open for hire.  We have worked hard to make sure social distancing measures are in place and that the hall is safe to …Read More »
  • Take a Guided Walk of Kirkby Lonsdale

    Do you love a guided walk?  Let one of five specially trained guides lead you through the streets and stories of Kirkby Lonsdale. They will explain some of the history …Read More »