Welcome to the Parish Church of St Mary and St Bega which has been a centre of Christian worship for nearly nine hundred years. From 1120 to the Reformation in 1539 it was a Benedictine monastery for a prior and six monks, and until the 1800’s it was the Mother Church for much of West Cumberland.

Today St Bees Priory is the spiritual home of a working Christian family and we warmly invite you to:

  • Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of our building and grounds
  • Share in worship and Christian fellowship
  • Pray or meditate in our Lady Chapel
  • Explore our extensive history and heritage

To all visitors and parishioners:
May you know God’s blessing in this place, now and always.


St Bees Priory has adopted the national Church of England / Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and the PCC and APCM receive regular reports on safeguarding from our Parish Safeguarding Adviser.

Click here for a link to our Safeguarding Policy 

Click here for a link to Promoting a Safer Church 

If you have any concerns, please contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer  (Adults) – Wendy Mellor – wendy.mellor@stbeespriory.org.uk,
Rosalie McAndrew (Children) rosalie.mcandrew@stbeespriory.org.uk,  
or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Charles Proctor, on 07458 016884 safeguarding.adviser@carlislediocese.org.uk

If you believe a child to be at immediate risk you must contact Cumbria Children’s Services 0333 240 1727 or the Police.

Urgent concerns about vulnerable adults should be referred to your local District Adult Social Care office 0300 303 2704 or, out of normal office hours, the Emergency Duty Team 01228 526690, or the Police.