St Bees Priory


St Bees priory - Snowdrops

Photo – Debbie Bowler

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.