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Heritage Open Days


The Three Solway Churches (St Michael's Burgh-by-Sands, St Mary's Beaumont and St Michael's Bowness-on-Solway) take part in the national Heritage Open Days scheme. 


All three offer a steward to welcome visitors and show them round if required. Trained guides are also on duty at St. Michael’s Burgh-by-Sands.  

Heritage Open Days 2023

St. Michael’s Church, Burgh-by-Sands (11am to 3pm Friday 8th September, St Mary's Beaumont (11am to 3pm Saturday 9th September), and St. Michael’s Church, Bowness-on-Solway, (10am to 3pm Sunday 10th September) are all looking forward to welcoming visitors under the Heritage Open Days project.   Guided visits to all churches will be available.  Burgh Church has disabled access and WC facilities,

Heritage Open Days arrangements

St Michael's Burgh-by-Sands

Giuided tours of the Church


Full disabled access, WC and baby changing facilities available.


St Mary's Beaumont

Guides on duty. 

St Michael's Bowness-on-Solway

Guides on duty at most times., light refreshments. 


Visitor Comments from Heritage Open Days

St. Michael’s, Burgh-by-Sands: 

A brilliant insight into local history.

Loved everything about the visit.

Amazing church, great to see and go inside the tower.

Excellent tour, very interesting, the boys (including dad) loved it!

Wonderful church, enlivened by one of the most informative and entertaining descriptive tours we have had in such a place.  Magnificent!

Thank you.  Great patience with the children. Very interesting too.

Brilliant to be able to see inside the tower and the original bells.

A lovely surprise whilst walking the wall.Very interesting.

A thoroughly interesting review and a fascinating church with colourful history.

Fabulous tour and information about a wonderful slice of history – thanks.

Wonderful hospitality.

Thank you for an unforgettable experience.

Wonderful welcome, extremely friendly and informative.  Thank you!

Fantastic – layers of history – a national treasure.

Thank you for the very interesting visit – the tower is amazing.

Thank you for enriching our day.

Beautiful Church, interesting history and warm welcome.

Superb presentation of unique historical facts.


St. Mary’s, Beaumont:

Great to know people are keeping the story behind the church alive.

Wonderful!  Extremely friendly and helpful.  Thank you.

What an accomplishment for this small community – thank you for the warm welcome and well displayed information.

Thank you for our informative visit.  I particularly liked the dove over the font, very unusual.

Some very interesting documents here.

Interesting history of the area.

Lovely church, very friendly and informative guides.


St. Michael’s, Bowness-on-Solway:

Great treasure of a church

Stunning church and fantastic art work throughout

A lovely church with interesting stories!!

Lovely church, friendly welcome.

Beautiful  church.  Stained glass windows are excellent.

An impressive building.

One of my favourite local churches.

Completed Hadrian’s Wall and enjoyed cup of tea!


Come and visit us in 2023 – we will look forward  to seeing you!

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