Tourist Attractions

Kirkby Stephen is a small market town located in the Upper Eden Valley, Cumbria. The historical buildings situated at the heart of the town offer a fine range of independent shops and a choice of eating places, which include cafes and pubs, to satisfy one's appetite. There are various attractions to visit in the area. Why not hop on a Cumbria Classic coach to a local town, or board the train at Kirkby Stephen railway station to travel on the scenic Carlisle to Settle line? There is also bus services which can link you to the Lake District.



The historical market town serves as an excellent base to explore the untamed Cumbrian scenery and the nearby Yorkshire Dales and Lake District. Kirkby Stephen has gained loyal reputation amongst walkers, especially among those who pursue Alfred Wainwright's Coast to Coast trail. Other renowned walks include the Pennine Way and the Lady Anne's Way. There is an abundance of trails and rivers to explore for those seeking adventure, and a bounty of breathtaking scenery for those seeking the moment to unwind and relax. Kirkby Stephen has now gained a 'Walkers are Welcome' status.





Here are some of the attractions and points of interest in proximity to Kirkby Stephen

  • Platform 3 Play, 3 Station Yard, Kirkby Stephen
    An adventure activity centre perfect for children under 4 feet and 9 inches tall!

  • Stenkrith Park, Kirkby Stephen
    The River Eden crosses Stenkrith park where it drops into a gorge known as Coopkarnel or Devil's Mustard Mill. The river is crossed by the Millennium Bridge.

  • Boot Tree, Kirkby Stephen
    A tree decorated with walking boots. The origin of when it started is unknown, but people continuously add boots to this tree and gathers a lot of attention.

  • Old Road Sign, Kirkby Stephen
    Located at the junction of A685 Market Street and B6259 Nateby Road is a very old and unique road sign. Notice that the distance is measured in 'furlongs' and not miles.  

  • Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
    Features national and international collections od paintings, sculptures andsilver object d'art. Most famous for The Silver Swan.

  • Brough Castle, Brough - Visit the medieval ruin on the site of the Roman fort of Verteris, located in the village of Brough at the upper end of Eden Valley.

  • Poetry Path, Kirkby Stephen - A walking trail that features 12 short poems written by Meg Peacocke and carved by Pip Hall on large stones. The poems tell the life of a Cumbrian hill farmer's year through each of the months. 

  • Sheepfolds by Andy Goldsworthy, Nr Kirkby Stephen -  There are three Cone Pinfolds near Kirkby Stephen that are located in Church Brough, Outhgill, and Warcop.

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