The church is open to visitors from early morning until dusk – nominally around 9.00 a.m till 5.00 p.m. though we lock up earlier in winter and later in summer. Guided tours and talks are available, contact Chris Robson (Ministry Team)
There are a number of historic displays in the church and lights will come on as you go round.
Make sure you go through to Old College Hall (door to left of altar) and see this splendid mediaeval hall, one of the finest in the country that is in regular use, but pause in the doorway and look both into the church and the hall. As the original altar was at the far end of the hall, this will give you an idea of how large the original church was.
We regret disabled access is somewhat limited. There are stairs to both doors of Old College Hall and a single step up to the Fox Screen, the chancel and Lady Chapel, and the altar area. However the nave is all one level.
The grounds are fairly extensive and in particular we would invite you to walk round the Sleeping Child Garden to the south of the church. You can also take a circular route round the graveyard, back through Priory Paddock, the side of the school playing field and back into the church grounds. Leaflets (50p) are available in the church to help you identify items as you round the church and the grounds.
A toilet is available in New College Hall but unfortunately we are unable to keep that building open all day as we can the church.
To find us, please refer to the village web site – www.stbees.org.uk. Finding the church once in St Bees is easy – it is the most prominent building in front of you as viewed from whichever route you drive into St Bees. Post code for SatNavs is CA27 0DR.
Parking is available at the entrance – please use these spaces. For those with serious walking difficulties you may park near the vicarage. But please note this is the Vicarage’s private parking area and this area and the other limited areas should not be used unless essential. No parking on Priory drives nor on grass areas at any time please.