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.  

Latest Kirkby Lonsdale Facebook Posts

Kirkby Lonsdale

Community Organization

Run by the kirkby Lonsdale & the Lune Valley Community Interest Company to promote Kirkby Lonsdale and the surrounding area.

Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale

1 day 15 hours ago

Platos is just one of the restaurants in Kirkby taking part in this scheme...

Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale

1 day 18 hours ago

The Zero Pantry is now open. Pop in and support both Kim and the environment today...

Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale

1 day 20 hours ago

Breakfast with Yorkshire women tomorrow with the Yorkshire Festival of Story..


  • Where to Eat in Kirkby Lonsdale in August

    Coming out of lockdown provided the UK’s cafes, bars and restaurants with a challenge. How to maintain new rules of social distancing in a traditionally social environment? But those who …Read More »
  • Cumbria Chamber Speaks Out on Test and Trace

    Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is asking businesses to do everything in their power to co-operate with NHS Test and Trace. This follows the local lockdown in Leicester.  “Businesses there had invested …Read More »
  • Unexpected Kirkby Lonsdale Visitor

    Did you catch Kirkby Lonsdale in the Westmorland Gazette? A weekend drama unfolded at Ruskin’s View when a mole was spotted by a tourist inside the visitor donation box.  Here’s …Read More »
  • Latest Kirkby Londale Shopping Info

    Following the lifting of government restrictions, the high street is getting back to normal in Kirkby Lonsdale.  Local volunteer Kate Mason has been pulling together the news about what’s open …Read More »