The Sun Inn

Carnforth, Cumbria
+44 (0)15242 71965

A stylish base for those who want to explore the beautiful north - expect good food, stylish interiors and a pretty market town


11 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

This fine old inn sits between the Dales and the Lakes in an ancient market town, one of the prettiest in the north. It backs onto St Mary’s churchyard, where wild flowers flourish, and on the far side you’ll find “the fairest view in England” to quote John Ruskin. Herons fish the river, lambs graze the fells beyond, a vast sky hangs above. Turner came to paint it in 1825 and benches wait for those who want to linger. As for the Sun, it does what all good inns do, it looks after you in style. It dates to 1670 and started life as a butcher’s. Inside, there’s lots of pretty old stuff – stone walls, rosewood panelling, wood-burners working overtime – then warm colours, fresh flowers and the daily papers. You’ll find leather banquettes, local art and dining-room chairs from Cunard’s Mauretania, so eat in style, perhaps goat’s cheese with honey, hogget with onion jam, banana parfait with chocolate sorbet. Rooms have good beds, smart fabrics, robes in spotless bathrooms. Parking permits come with your room and can be used far and wide. Market day is Thursday, dogs are welcome, don’t miss Sunday lunch. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights on weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £6. Dinner, £21-£34. Sunday lunch from £14.50. No food Mon lunch.


Nightly price
from £105
Dinner, B&B from £90 p.p. Singles from £85. Extra beds £20. Dogs £20 per stay.
9 Doubles
From £105
2 Twin/doubles
From £105



The Sun Inn was everything we had hoped for as part of our UK Christmas holiday. A warm welcome, very comfortable rooms, lively well stocked bar, consistently good service and especially the best food we experienced on our total trip, from fine dining, to breakfast to bar food. On top of the location in such a lively and interesting town made this a really unexpected pleasure.

Tony, Melbourne Australia

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Iain & Jenny Black

  • Kirkby Lonsdale (mentioned by the Sunday Times as one of the top 50 best places to live in the countryside) is situated where Cumbria, the Yorkshire Dales and the Trough of Bowland meet, providing an almost infinite amount of walking in the area.
  • Surrounded by beautiful Lake District and Yorkshire Dales villages and towns, a fantastic base for touring the lesser visited Yorkshire Dales area. From Settle a train can be caught northwards, taking you over the Ribblesdale viaduct.
  • There is also a train from Wennington, just 10 minutes drive from Kirkby Lonsdale, that travels east through Bentham, Clapham, Giggleswick and over to Skipton and beyond, a lovely way to visit these areas.
  • Visit Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, set in 220 acres of the beautiful Lune Valley, and enjoy their challenging 18 hole par 72 course which has spectacular views in all directions.
  • Levens Hall is a short drive away and one of the finest stately homes in South Cumbria. The grand estate boasts tenanted farms with their produce available to buy in the gift shop, a lush deer park and stunning Grade I listed garden.
  • We have recently been awarded 2 AA rosettes for our restaurant and have been included in the 2015 Good Food Guide. We also have an AA Breakfast Award.