Sandwiched between mountains and sea, Grange-over-Sands is a resort town on Morecambe Bay in Cumbria, England. Grange-over-Sands is known for its wide beaches and has been a popular visitor destination since Victorian times. The town is known for its tranquil promenade, its ornamental gardens and the nearby estuary, which is a haven for wildlife. It’s also within easy reach of the Lake District, one of the UK’s top visitor attractions.
Where to stay in Grange-over-Sands
Due to the town’s pleasant, peaceful atmosphere, you’ll have a relaxing stay in any hotel in Grange-over-Sands. It’s recommended that you choose accommodation with a sea view where possible, or alternatively, a hotel near to the town’s pretty duck pond. Or you could stay in nearby Newby Bridge, a hamlet a few miles west of Grange-over-Sands, on the southern tip of Lake Windermere.
Accommodation choices in Grange-over-Sands
Grange-over-Sands hotels offer accommodation to suit a range of budgets. You are spoiled for choice, it’s just a question of deciding which one is right for you. For 5 star luxury there is the Knoll Country House hotel at Newby Bridge. This hotel offers an outdoor spa tub, restaurant, lounge bar and rooftop terrace. A mid-price option is the 3.5 star Uplands Hotel & Restaurant, which is based in scenic grounds and includes a garden, terrace and a lounge bar. For a budget Grange-over-Sands hotel, consider the 3 star Number 19 Guesthouse in nearby Crooklands Brow. The guesthouse offers a free breakfast, Wi-Fi and a picnic area.
What to do during your stay in Grange-over-Sands
Grange-over-Sands has a lovely promenade area that visitors enjoy strolling along and which benefits from not having a road next to it. Other key attractions include the ornamental gardens and duck pond, and the impressive town clock tower, which was built in 1912. Three miles from the town is Cartmel Priory, a church with a breathtaking interior that has been a site of pilgrimage for over 800 years. Also recommended are Yewbarrow House Gardens, a sheltered green space with a view of Morecambe Bay, and the Beach Hut Gallery at Kents Bank Station, an artist’s cooperative with regular exhibitions.
The Lake District National Park is within convenient reach of Grange-over-Sands, and includes the world famous Lake Windermere. A popular Lake District attraction is Dove Cottage, the historic house that was once the home of the poet William Wordsworth. Other attractions include the impressive 15th century Holker Hall & Gardens, a country house which is open to visitors and has deer in its grounds, and the medieval village of Cartmel, which includes Unsworth’s Yard Brewery where you can buy craft beer, hot wines and cheeses. Cartmel racecourse is also worth visiting.
Fun family days out in the area include the Predator Experience, which offers birds of prey and falconry days, the Lakes Aquarium, which includes an underwater otter tunnel and stingray, and the Lakeland Motor Museum, which has a range of classic cars. Stott Park Bobbin Mill was once a 19th century bobbin producer and is now a museum. South Lakes Safari Zoo is a 51-acre stretch of land that houses giraffes, big cats and penguins, among many other animals. The Dock Museum at Barrow-in-Furness holds exhibitions on local area history, shipbuilding and the steel industry, while Conishead Priory, in the market town of Ulverston, is a majestic Gothic revival house that is now a Buddhist college. The Laurel and Hardy Museum is also in Ulverston, as the town was the birthplace of Sam Laurel. You should also try to visit Furness Abbey, the haunting red sandstone ruins of a 900-year-old monastery. And of course, the classic seaside resort of Morecambe is filled with fun attractions.
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