Shap Abbey, Shap

4.5
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Shap Abbey was a religious house of the Premonstratensian order of Canons regular situated on the western bank of the River Lowther in the civil parish of Shap Rural, around 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the village of Shap, in the Eden District of Cumbria, England. The site is in the care of English Heritage and managed on its behalf by the Lake District National Park.
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  • We visited on a rainy afternoon, and I'm not sure I would recommend doing so as the paths and entrance gate were pretty muddy. We did have the beauty of a rainbow in the background and the...  more »
  • A rather beautiful ruin. Shame Henry VIII was the king of tantrums, because you can tell, it would’ve been stunning in its prime. Not saying it isn’t stunning now! Also, had the added bonus of...  more »
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  • Apart from the tower there is not much else above ground above waist height. However it's worth a visit if you are in the area, which we were. Allow approx 30 to 45 minutes to walk around the whole site, take photos and read the information boards. Small carpark and a narrow wooden pedestrian bridge over the river to gain access.
  • Well worth a visit. Small free carpark and free admission ( this is an unmanned site). Beautiful area with a meandering river adjacent to the ruined remains of the abbey. Some information boards help you to imagine what it was like. The main entrance tower to the abbey is quite intact.
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