Brampton offers a range of independent shops and a choice of places to eat, drink and stay. It is ideally situated for exploring the north Cumbrian countryside.
You will find Pre-Raphaelite treasures in St Martin’s Church, while in the centre of the town is the octagonal Moot Hall, built in 1817, is home to the Tourist Information Centre.
Brampton railway station has a very rich history; the first Station Master was Thomas Edmondson, who was famous for inventing the ticket dating machine, which was adopted for use nationally and internationally. Brampton Station is located about a mile from town. Historically, the town and the train station used to be connected by a short horsedrawn line which ran to Brampton Junction Station; this was then closed in 1923.
Lanercost Priory: Lanercost, CA8 2HQ
Building of the Augustinian Lanercost Priory first began in 1166 by Henry II, took over 50 years to complete and was finally completed in 1220. The Priory prides itself on its rich history; suffering an attack at the hands of Robert Bruce and frequent attacks in the long Angl-Scottish wars. King Edward I rested there for five months shortly before his death. The Priory was brought down when Henry VIII began the Dissolution of the Monastries in 1536. It is best-preserved of Cumbrian monasteries. The east end of the13th-century church survives housing its dramatic triple tier of arches.
Today, Lanercost Priory is owned and managed by English Heritage and boast a wide range of things to do and see; visit the Ruins, see the Roman stonework and alters and experience the gallery, shop and Tea Room.
Talkin Tarn: Tarn Road, Brampton CA8 1HN
Talkin Tarn is a glacial Lake formed over 10,000 years ago and is classified as a kettle hole lake.
Today the area is a country park at the centre of which is the 65 acres tarn. Surrounded by beautiful woodland, you can walk or cycle around the tarn on the 1.3 mile path, which is also suitable for wheelchairs. You can hire a boat, go open water swimming or go fishing in the tarn. The area attracts many birds and other wildlife so is a great place to catch a glimpse of an otter, a red squirrel and many different bird species.
Talkin Tarn Country Park is owned and maintained by Carlisle City Council. It is home to the Boat House Tea Rooms, Brampton Sailing Club, and Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club
Trains travel frequently from Brampton to the stations on the route to Newcastle and Carlisle. For up to date information also see:
Carlisle Lake District Airport is within 5 miles of the railway station at Brampton. Scheduled flights operate to Belfast, Dublin and London Southend.