Kirkby Lonsdale


A real draw for tourists, Kirkby Lonsdale is a wonderful chocolate box town, which benefits from being relatively traffic free in the centre, giving it a delightful olde worlde feel.

Right at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Kirkby Lonsdale is in Cumbria, very close to the Lancashire border, meaning it just makes it into this website for it’s accommodation and things to do which fall within the National Park.

The town is on the A65 which runs from Leeds to the Lake District, and it’s within easy reach along this busy road of the M6 motorway, which provides access to airports in Carlisle, Glasgow and Manchester.

Kirkby Lonsdale Accommodation

Picture of Barbon Inn

Barbon Inn

Barbon, Barbon, LA6 2LJ, United Kingdom

Chapel Cottage

Chapel Cottage Queens Square, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AZ, United Kingdom

Snooty Fox

33 Main street Kirby Lonsdale Cumbria, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AH, United Kingdom

The Royal Hotel

26 Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AE, United Kingdom

Ullathorns Farm

ULLATHORNS MIDDLETON, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2LZ, United Kingdom


No 2 Mill Brow, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AT, United Kingdom

The Landings

Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AH, United Kingdom

The Granary, Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2EW, United Kingdom

Cosy Cottage

Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2BE, United Kingdom

Back Cottage

Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AP, United Kingdom

Woodclose Park

Woodclose Park Casterton, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2SE, United Kingdom

The Old Hay Loft

Apartment 3 34 Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AE, United Kingdom

Charming 3 Bedroom Townhouse – Kirkby Lonsdale

LA6 2BP, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2BP, United Kingdom

The Cottage on Fairbank – Kirkby Lonsdale

13 Fairbank, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2BD, United Kingdom

Wisteria Apartment

40 Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AJ, United Kingdom

Whoop Hall Hotel and Leisure

Skipton Road, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2HP, United Kingdom

Sun Inn

Market Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AU, United Kingdom

Studio 95

95 Fairgarth Drive, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2FB, United Kingdom

Red Dragon Inn

59-61 Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AH, United Kingdom

Outhouse Bothy

Chapel Lane, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AU, United Kingdom

No 1 Fairbank

1 Fairbank, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2BD, United Kingdom

Horse Market Cottage Kirkby Lonsdale

3 Horse Market, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AS, United Kingdom

Cosy 2 Bed Apartment in central Kirkby Lonsdale

13 Market Square, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AN, United Kingdom

Contemporary Barn Conversion in Stunning Setting

Middleton, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2LY, United Kingdom

ChurchGate Apartment

4 Church Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AU, United Kingdom

Absoluxe Suites

4 main street, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AE, United Kingdom

Fell View Park Escape Pods with hot tubs

Fell View Park,, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2HP, United Kingdom

Cosy, Boutique Central Kirkby Lonsdale Apartment

Apartment 1, 13 Market Square, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AN, United Kingdom

10 Facts about Kirkby Lonsdale

Historical Significance

  1. Devil’s Bridge: The town is famous for the Devil’s Bridge, which is an exquisite medieval bridge spanning the River Lune. According to local legend, the Devil himself built the bridge, and it has become a popular tourist attraction.
  2. History of Settlement: Kirkby Lonsdale has a rich history of settlement dating back to the Roman and Norman eras, making it a treasure trove for history enthusiasts. The name “Kirkby” means ‘church town’ in Old Norse, indicating Viking influence in its history.

Architectural & Natural Beauty

  1. Ruskin’s View: The picturesque scene from the churchyard over the River Lune, famously known as Ruskin’s View, was painted by J.M.W. Turner and praised by the Victorian art critic John Ruskin. It’s hailed as one of the loveliest views in England.
  2. Historic Buildings: The town boasts numerous historic buildings, including St. Mary’s Church, which dates back to the Norman era and showcases intricate Norman architecture.

Economic Aspects

  1. Market Town: Kirkby Lonsdale is known for its bustling market, which has been a central part of life in the town since 1227 when it was granted its market charter by King Henry III.
  2. Thriving Local Businesses: The town boasts a variety of independent shops, boutiques, cafes, and pubs, showcasing the vitality of its local economy.

Social & Cultural Aspects

  1. Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery: The local brewery, known for producing a range of craft beers, is an integral part of the community and reflects the town’s dedication to preserving traditional industries.
  2. Cultural Events: The town hosts numerous events throughout the year, such as the Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair and the Arts and Crafts Festival, reflecting a vibrant cultural scene.

Geographical Context

  1. Proximity to National Parks: Kirkby Lonsdale serves as a gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is also near the Lake District, offering ample opportunities for exploring the natural beauty of Northern England.
  2. River Lune: The town is located on the banks of the River Lune, which provides stunning landscapes and various recreational activities such as walking and fishing.

Kirkby Lonsdale on the Map

Kirkby Lonsdale FAQ’s

Is Kirby Lonsdale worth visiting?

The town boasts independent shops, charming restaurants, and a programme of interesting festivals throughout the year. A weekly market takes place in the picturesque square, and local Ruskin’s View was immortalised in a Turner painting. Visitors come from miles around on sunny weekends.

Why is Kirkby Lonsdale famous?

The Town is notably home to the 14th century Devil’s Bridge, as well as Ruskin’s View, which inspired a painting by artist JMW Turner in 1822, and poet John Ruskin to declare ‘I do not know in all my country, still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine. ‘

Why is Devil’s bridge Kirkby Lonsdale called Devil’s bridge?

Local legend has it that the Devil appeared to a local woman who could not retrieve her cow from across the river. The Devil appeared offering to build a bridge in exchange for the soul of the first to cross it, and the woman agreed. Once the bridge was completed, the woman threw some food over the bridge, which her dog chased, thus outwitting the devil.

Where Next

Obviously, head into Yorkshire, and specifically, explore the Yorkshire Dales – the next town along the A65 is Ingleton, from where you can base a walking tour of the Three Peaks.