Exploring Heysham and Morecambe

St. Patrick’s Chapel

Standing high on a prominent rock overlooking Morecambe Bay, St Patrick’s Chapel is one of Morecambe’s oldest and most fascinating landmarks. First thought to be built by St. Patrick, this myth was dispelled after it was reasoned the chapel dated back to 750 AD, well after Patrick’s death in 490 AD. It is believed that the chapel originally served as part of a monastic community. Today, all that remains of the chapel is a south wall containing a doorway and the east wall. On this site, you’ll also discover a burial ground, where bones dating back centuries were discovered.

Way of the Roses

An incredible 170 mile cycling journey through some of the most gorgeous settings and natural scenery in the country, the Way of the Roses mixes history with activity. Beginning in the seaside serenity of Morecambe Bay, the route guides you through the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, through the Yorkshire Wolds, and ending the delightful seaside town of Bridlington. Along the way, you’ll see breathtaking landscapes, charming towns and villages, and historic landmarks and attractions that date back to the route’s origins from the War of the Roses. If you’re looking to stay over along your journey, why not rest your head at one of our sister properties? In Settle, you’ll find the wonderful Golden Lion inn, a haven of comfort and village hospitality. And in York, you’ll find both Middletons Hotel, a bastion of city luxury with proper Yorkshire comforts, and the Judge’s Lodging, a fascinating hub of history amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

Morecambe Winter Gardens

First opened in 1897, this incredible example of Victorian architecture, this Grade II Listed building was originally built as both a concert hall and a variety theatre, with its 2,500-capacity making it one of the largest concert hall’s in the north, leading to its nickname “the Albert Hall of the North”. The venue has played host to some of the biggest stage and screen icons, including Laurence Olivier, The Who and Dame Julie Andrews, and was home to the renowned Morecambe Music Festival. With lavish interiors, striking architectural features, and an incredible view of the bay, the Winter Gardens has been an unforgettable highlight for visitors to the area.

Isle of Man

With a huge variety of sights to see, attractions to explore and activities to enjoy, the Isle of Man is a perfect destination for a memorable day out. Conveniently accessible by the Heysham-Douglas Ferry, you’ll be stuck for choice on what to do first on your arrival at the port. For history fans, the Isle of Man is home to over 100,00 years of Manx history, with a number of heritage sites and ancient monuments dotted around the island, including Balladoole and Castal yn Ard, the largest Neolithic tomb in the British Isles. The island is also home to fascinating Viking and Celtic history. You’ll discover more of these stories at landmarks like Peel Castle, an impressive ancient fortress once home to kings and Vikings, and Castle Rushen. If you’re planning on a late-night stay or an overnight stop, you can enjoy a fabulous night of stargazing at one of the island’s Dark Sky locations, where certain constellations are only visible at particular times of the year.