Hill Top

Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse: a time-capsule of her life.

Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top. Full of her favourite things, this house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a ‘tale’. The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Make your way up the garden path to the front door and see for yourself why Beatrix loved this place. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, she used Hill Top itself and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her subsequent books.

Hill Top is a small house and a timed-ticket system is in operation to avoid overcrowding and to protect the interior. Hill Top can be very busy and visitors may sometimes have to wait to enter the house.

Please note: tickets cannot be booked in advance and early sell-outs are possible.


House: 13 Feb – 24 Mar daily except Fri 10am -3.30pm. 26 Mar  – 26 May & 29 Aug – 30 Oct daily except Fri 10am -4.30pm. 28 May – 28 Aug* daily 10am – 4.30pm.

Shop & Garden: 13 Feb – 24 Mar daily 10am – 4pm. 25 Mar – 30 Oct** daily 10am – 5pm.

*House: open to 5:30, 30 May to 25 August, Monday to Thursday. **Shop and garden: open to 5:45, 30 May to 25 August, Monday to Thursday. House entry by timed ticket (places limited). Small car park. Access to garden and shop free during opening hours. Check website for details of special openings and advance bookings

Address: Near Sawrey, Ambleside, LA22 0LF Tel: 015394 36269
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top

DIRECTIONS:Take the B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside (6 miles), or the B5285 from Coniston (7 miles). Parking: Our car park is small, so at times it can be difficult to find a space. Buses and Ferry services are available. Please see our website for more details.

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