A Cumbrian Coastal Village

The village of St Bees is just south of St Bees Head, the most westerly point of Cumbria, on the coastal strip between the Lakeland fells and the Irish Sea. It has a history going back over 1,000 years and has been a popular holiday destination for over 150 years.

It’s well known for its Norman Priory dating from 1120 dedicated to our own Saint Bega, who is said to have landed here from Ireland in AD 850. Also for it’s 400-year old school, and as the start of the Wainwright “Coast to Coast” Walk.

There is a large sandy beach with a promenade and visitor facilities, and to the north are the towering red sandstone cliffs of St Bees Head; which is the only Heritage Coast between Scotland and Wales and an important RSPB seabird reserve.

St Bees is only a few miles from the English Lake District National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it’s an ideal base to tour both the Western Lakes and the other attractions on the Cumbrian coast.






The original St Bees web site was created several years ago and grew over the years until it contained well over 500 pages. It was well overdue for revision and this is the first stage of that revision. Rather than delay this upgrade unduly, we have chosen to concentrate initially on the more essential information required by those visiting or planning to move to the area. Other information will be moved over the course of the next few months. In the meantime, should you wish to access this “secondary”  village information, it is still available here. In some areas you may find temporary links to the relevant pages on the old site.

Visitor Information

In a hurry to check something out? In this section you will find most of the information needed to help you with your visit.


The village has much to offer by way of community, social and sporting facilities. Whether a visitor or planning a move to the village, this will help you.

Village & History

The village has a known history dating back over 1,000 years, covering topics such as St Bega, the Theological College and the discovery of St Bees Man

Village Events

Throughout the year various special events are held. Most are detailed on our Facebook page. Regular ones are listed here.

Maps & aerial photos

Local area maps including Google Map access and Site Index.

Parish Council

Full details of all Parish Council activities are available here.

Everything else!

Inevitably, some information will not fit easily into other sections.