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.


The Parish of St Bees takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines.You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding

If you have any safeguarding concerns then you can find useful information from, Charles Proctor Carlisle Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, tel 07458 016884.