When Robert the Bruce invaded England, during The Great Raid of 1322, the abbot paid to lodge and support him, rather than risk losing the wealth and power of the abbey.The Abbey was disestablished and destroyed in 1537 during the English Reformation under the orders of Henry VIII. Other notable tourists include the Theodore Roosevelt family.The location is conveniently close to the town centre, main line railway station and bus services, as well as the major commercial area around Park Road. There is private secure parking in Warwick Street to the rear of the hotel. The guest house is convenient for the start of the Walney to Wear and Whitby coast to coast cycle route. The Furness Abbey complex is a Scheduled Monument and Conservation Area containing five Grade I listed buildings and structures.Restoration work took place between 20 amid fears that part of the abbey could have collapsed.
William Wordsworth visited several times and referred to it in his famous 1805 autobiographical poem The Prelude, whilst J. A young Teddy Roosevelt and his siblings played on the ruins, which, in 1869, were not roped off or restricted.
Greenbank Guest House is a large imposing building dating from 1898 situated on Abbey Road, the impressive Victorian approach to Barrow in Furness.
This family run business has recently been extensively refurbished to provide Bed and Breakfast accommodation of the highest standard and guests are assured of a warm and friendly welcome and a desire to make their visit an enjoyable one.
Located in the 'Vale of Nightshade', south of Dalton-in-Furness, the abbey is built entirely out of local sandstone.
It passed in 1147 to the Cistercians, who gradually enlarged and rebuilt the original ornate church.The majority of the current ruins date from the 12th and 13th centuries.