St Bees


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Tel code: 01946 | code search
Postcode: CA27 | code search
Population: 2000
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Seacote Holiday Park
"My wife and i stayed here for a week.First impressions were excellent,greeted at reception by Ged,very polite and welcoming.Accommodation was good,nice and clean,couldn't fault it.Double glazing and central heating made ..." More

Seacote Holiday Park
"Good clean park. Very quiet but thats how we like it. Caravan was great,clean and in good order and we only had a basic model. Beach area stunning views and ..." More

Fleatham House
"Beautiful room, delicious evening meal, wonderful breakfast and lovely owners. St Bees is a great central location and Fleatham House is the best b&b I've ever stayed at. Highly ..." More

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"If you should happen to be visiting this lovely little town make sure to pay a call to Platform 9,either for a meal or just for a drink. It is ..." More

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St Bees on the Cumbrian coast just south of Whitehaven, is a sizeable village, the resident population of about 2,000 swelled by the visitors who come throughout the year to enjoy a unique location. The name St Bees is a corruption of St Begaís, Bega being the nun who fled here across the Irish sea, escaping a threatened forced marriage to a Norse chieftain. She founded a nunnery in the village. The Norman priory built in the 12th century used the same site, and lasted until Henry VIIIís dissolution of the religious orders in 1539. Only the church remains, its strange admixture of styles an education in English church architecture: Perpendicular; early English, Gothic, Norman, and even a remnant of Saxon in one carved lintel. While Henry VIIIís reign saw one church institution destroyed, his daughter Elizabethís saw the birth of another, St Bees School. This was founded by St Bees-born Archbishop of Canterbury Edmund Grindal in 1583, the year he died, suspended and shunned by the monarch for unwisely gainsaying her. The co-educational independent school still uses the Elizabethan wing, and alumni who have walked it corridors include Fletcher Christian and Rowan Atkinson. The location of St Bees is spectacular with its twin headlands and cliffs; its pebbly beach and promenade enjoyed by children and adults alike. The cliffs are largely an RSPB reserve, an important site for sea-bird colonies: among many species to be seen at St Bees are kittiwakes, razor bills, and puffins, the latter in particular enjoying the fish that once provided the village with its main income, and still offers great sport for visitors. These days many of the residents of St Bees are employed at Sellafield, the growth of which has seen many technical and managerial staff move to the village. This is a trend reminiscent of the Victorian era when many engineers and other professionals serving Whitehaven and Workington built large houses in the settlement after the arrival of the railway in 1849. Being a dormitory village and a resort means that St Bees enjoys good amenities, and it makes a fine starting point or end point in the coast to coast walk laid out by Wainwright, or for the less restless a quiet seaside sojourn amid beautiful surroundings.


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St Bees Golf Club

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Manor House Hotel
Oddfellows Arms


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Manor House Hotel (0.14 miles)

Manor House Hotel

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The Manor House Hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful seaside village St. Bees. Our location is ideal for walking (the start of the Coast to Coast walk ... More

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Ellerbeck Manor (1.62 miles)

Ellerbeck Manor
Ellerbeck Manor is a stunning barn conversion set in the secluded rural countryside near the historic villages of St.Bees 1mile and Egremont 2miles converted to the highest standards by the owners in 2010, all bedrooms ... More | visit website
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Ennerdale Country House Htl (3.26 miles)

Ennerdale Country House Htl

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The luxury of this hotel makes it an ideal base both for families and those seeking an enjoyable romantic weekend Whether you are visiting the area on business or pleasure you ... More

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Tarnside Park (4.03 miles)

Tarnside Park

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Enjoying a delightful, convenient location on the edge of the breathtaking Lake District National Park, Tarnside Park surrounds a freshwater tarn, with fishing available. Located in ... More | visit website

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White Mare (4.34 miles)

White Mare
A quiet Cumbrian village, between the Lake District mountains and the Irish Sea, provides the tranquil setting for the White Mare Country House Hotel, Pub and Restaurant.

Accommodation is available 7 days a week, while the ... More | visit website
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Royal Oak (4.52 miles)

Royal Oak
A warm welcome awaits customers - old and new to the Royal Oak. We are open seven days a week... serving lunches from 12-2pm Monday to Saturday and 12-3pm Sundays. Open every evening from 6pm and ... More | visit website
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Inglewood Guest House (4.60 miles)

Inglewood  Guest House
Welcome to Inglewood Guest House. We are situated about 4 miles east of Whithaven and 3 miles west of the stunning Ennerdale valley.We are also only 2 miles from the the Westlakes Science park and ... More | visit website
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Sella Park House Hotel (5.48 miles)

Sella Park House Hotel

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A 16th Centuary Hotel located within 6 acres of mature gardens and riverside location in the heart of the Western Lake District.The traditional Priory Restaurant uses only the best locally ... More

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Premier Inn Whitehaven (6.06 miles)

Premier Inn Whitehaven
Situated 2 miles from the Georgian town of Whitehaven, which boasts a lovely marina and harbour. Other local attractions include beautiful uncommercialised lakes, Golf courses and a cinema. Conveniently located for Whitehaven train station. Our Whitehaven ... More | visit website
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Rowrah Hall (6.71 miles)

Rowrah Hall
Rowrah Hall is an historic 300 year old grade 2 listed building situated 2 miles from Ennerdale water. The Hall has been completely refurbished in 2013 to blend history with luxury bed and breakfast accommodation. ... More | visit website

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