The village has a fascinating history, dating back to Viking times. Discover an 8th century chapel – St Patrick’s – and iconic rock hewn graves on the dramatic headlands overlooking the Bay. Managed by the National Trust, this is a truly wonderful urban green space to uncover.
The Heritage Centre in the village tells the story of the village’s architecture and past industry in a series of exhibitions, whilst the newly refurbished pub The Royal offers delicious food and drink in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.
In the summer, Heysham is host to the lively and colourful Viking Festival, where living history demonstrations and re-enactments bring its heritage to life!
There is a large, reasonably priced carpark in the centre of the village, so it’s easy to leave the car and explore on foot.
Why not download the app and take a tour of this small but fascinating village?
Heysham Head interactive guide walk – free smartphone app
Come on a fascinating journey into Heysham’s mysterious past with tales of Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, saints and pirates. Discover what makes Heysham such a special place, as you are guided around Heysham’s history, flora and fauna.
The Heysham Head app is a walking audio tour which reveals the secrets, stories, histories and nature of the National Trust’s Heysham Coast site, set against stunning views over Morecambe Bay in north-west England. There are tales of saints and pirates and objects associated with burial and memorial from Anglo Saxon and Viking settlers. And tales of more recent times too, of how we have used the site for work and play, and how we continue to shape its landscape.
You will hear the voices of local people and see images from both past and present, backed by sounds from the site and music inspired by it performed by local musicians. The stories cover the site’s history from prehistoric ages to modern times and include: – the rock-cut graves that are unique in the UK and the historical importance of St Patrick’s chapel, St Peter’s church and the hogback stone – local residents talking about playing on The Barrows and how Heysham was a popular tourist destination in the 1950s and ‘60s – the natural history of the site and the importance of Morecambe Bay for migratory birds – stories from both World Wars including how the Rectory was used an Auxiliary Hospital during WWI The National Trust site is free to access at any time of day.
The app is best experienced using headphones or earphones. The full walk is around one mile long and should take you just over one hour. Alternatively you can explore Heysham through the app, from the comfort of your own home, wherever you are!
This free smartphone app is a joint collaboration between Morecambe Bay Partnership (www.morecambebay.org.uk) and the National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk), with funding from the Coastal Communities Fund.
Download the app now on Apple (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/heysham-head/id1184463109?ls=1&mt=8)
and Android devices https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.northbynw.heyshamhead
- Area: Morecambe and Heysham Family-friendly Free Guided walks History and heritage outdoors and countryside