Grange-over-Sands Tourist Information

Grange-over-Sands is set on the shores of Morecambe Bay.
Like the neighbouring Bowness and Windermere, it was home to the wealthy Lancashire businessmen of the 19th century. The long history of this genteel town shows it's development from a 15th century grain stowage area, via the 1745 Jacobite invasion to it's present day status of retirement area and tourist resort.

Grange has been aptly referred to as the "Torquay of the North" with it's mile long promenade bordered by flowers and shrubs, and the attractive ornamental gardens and lake.

The dangerous and fast flowing tides of Morecambe Bay render it unsuitable for swimming, but the coastal area is the habitat of a large variety of birds.

It lays close to the delightful village of Cartmel and the Priory and the Newby Bridge boundary of Lake Windermere. In fact, all the Lake District attractions are at your finger-tips. There are few more as ideal locations in which to establish a holiday base.

Grange is a tranquil town which has successfully managed to maintain an air of times gone by, but well able to meet the present day requirements of the discerning visitor.

The varied accommodation of Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hotels, Self-catering, Caravan and Camping sites are of the highest order. This together with the first-rate selection of eating places are the ingredients of a worthwhile holiday.

Clock tower
Grange station Grange park Morcambe Bay

 

How to get there:

By rail: From the West Coast Main Line, change at Carnforth for Grange-over-Sands.

By road: It is reached by the J36 exit of the M6 and along the A590 to the Lindale by-pass roundabout. Here, bear left and follow the signs.

Local links:

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Attractions in Grange-over-Sands

The climate
Regarded as the mildest in the north west of Cumbria and the Lake District.

The Promenade
A traffic free walk of almost one mile with splendid views of Morecambe Bay and beyond; carefully tended plants and rare trees; original cast iron benches on which to sit and pause. It is the venue for art and crafts exhibitions in the summer months and one of the tallest Christmas trees in Britain is illuminated during the Festive Season.

Hampsfell Hospice
Follow the signs along a public footpath for about 30 minutes to reach this “Shelter for Travellers” built in 1846. A Greek inscription above the entrance translates as “rosy fingered dawn”. You will be well rewarded by the views of Morecambe Bay and the fells of the Lake District from the top of the building.

Cross Bay Walk
This is a very popular activity in the summer months. The guided tour begins from nearby Arnside and lasts about 3 hours. Visitors are reminded that this is a dangerous area of quicksands and tides. Walks should only be undertaken under the supervision of a qualified guide.

Holker Hall and Gardens
Award winning gardens close to Grange. The Food Hall and Restaurant with menus of local produce are well recommended. Venue for a variety of events throughout the  summer.
www.holker-hall.co.uk

Lakeland Motor Museum
A beautifully presented display in a courtyard setting in the grounds of Holker Hall. Features the Campbell Bluebird Exhibition plus classic cars, tractors, cycles and more.
www.lakelandmotormuseum.co.uk

Cartmel Priory
It’s only a short drive to the 12th C Priory in the historic village of Cartmel. The author, Simon Jenkins is reported to have said that it is the most beautiful church in the North West of England. It certainly is a Lake District treasure. It contains much of special interest including parts of the stained glass east windows, seats and benches from the 15th C. and the wonderful sculptures by Josephina de Vasconcellos.
www.cartmelpriory.org

Aquarium of the Lakes
The aquarium is next to the Lakeside landing stage at the southern end of Lake Windermere. Open daily.
www.aquariumofthelakes.co.uk

Lakeland Miniature Village
Miniature buildings of houses, farms, barns and bridges constructed from Coniston slate plus an Oriental Garden. Open daily. www.lakelandminiaturevillage.com

Windermere Lake Cruises
All year round sailings on England’s largest lake and one of the main attractions of the Lake District and Cumbria. Operates daily from Lakeside, Ambleside and Bowness except Christmas Day.
www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk

Grizedale Forest
Grizedale, in the heart of the Lake District is the complete day out. Walk in its waymarked paths; marvel at the celebrated Forest Sculptures; eat and rest in the picnic areas; take in the views from Carron Crag. For the more adventurous there’s the North Face Mountain Bike Trail, the Silurian Walking Trail and the exciting high wire experience on the Go Ape.
www.forestry.gov.uk

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Food and Drink in Grange-over-Sands
Fell Brewery
Fell Brewery is a new craft brewery based in South Cumbria. At Fell, we do things a little different and have some pretty firm ideas behind what drives us. From our base in rural Cumbria, we intend to bring our own brand of adventure and creativity to the UK beer market.
We intend to make beers that provoke a reaction from the drinker and make them pause for a moment to consider the intricate succession of flavours they are presented with. We can't promise that all our beers will please everyone, but we can promise that none of them will merely pass you by with a polite smile.
Find out more about our beers and how we brew them at our website: www.fellbrewery.co.uk
Email: info@fellbrewery.co.uk
Phone: 015395 58980
Fell Brewery
Ambercourt Chinese Restaurant
Flooks Liesure Centre, Main Street.
Phone: 015395 35830
Spice Merchant
100, Main Street
Phone: 015395 33332
La Marina Restaurant
Italian dishes.
Main Street
Phone: 015395 34590
KB’s Bar, Lounge &Restaurant
Kentsford Road.
Phone: 015395 33322

 

Transportation in Grange-over-Sands

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