For information about services, events and parish groups in the Barony of Burgh Benefice.
St Michael's Burgh-by-Sands
Postcode: CA5 6AW
See also our How to Find us Section.
Opening Times: Open all year (including Christmas and New Year)
Summer 0900 – 1700.
Winter 0900 – 1600 (or dusk if earlier).
The above times may occasionally vary.
2020 Stewarding times: 15 April to end of September- Fridays and Saturdays 11am- 3pm (occasionally subject to variation)
There will be other times when the church is stewarded informally, when access to facilities will also be available.
Please note that access to all churches is currently suspended.
Parking: Roadside and village green car park
Refreshments available when the church is stewarded
WC: (with level access and baby changing unit) available when church is stewarded
Level access into the church.
Churchyard provides a pedestrian through-route avoiding main road
Cycle racks on site
Drinking water facility outside church at east end from Easter to 31 October
Church Safeguarding contact please visit the Safeguarding page.
Please note that owing to the present uncertainty regarding the spread and severity of the Covid 19 virus, guided visits to Burgh church have been temporarily suspended to minimise the risk to both visitors and guides. However the church remains open daily at the advertised times, and visitors are extremely welcome to go into the church and look round. There is a wealth of historical interpretation in the ground floor of the tower, and leaflets available. We hope it may prove possible to resume regular guiding later in the season. This website will be updated when we are in a position to provide guides again in due course and in the meantime we very much regret not being able to offer this service at the present time.
Grade I Listed, 12th century and one of only a small number of fortified churches in Cumbria, the church represents many layers of history, built on the site of the Roman Fort of Aballava, alongside the line of Hadrian’s Wall. It suffered turbulent times during cross-Border warfare and later at the hands of the notorious Border reivers – and there are many visible architectural features in the church today from those days. The powerful Plantagenet King Edward I (known as Longshanks) lay in State in St. Michael’s, following his death nearby on Burgh Marsh in July 1307. The Royal Court came to Burgh Church, with the King’s heir, to pay homage and for ten days during that time Burgh Church was at the centre of events which shaped the life of the Nation.Take a ‘Walk Through Time’ along the churchyard path, which features a granite time-line of significant events down the centuries. Stand in the atmospheric medieval tower where villagers sheltered during Border warfare, and see the Norman carvings of creatures and the interesting illustrated historical display panels.