Historic Houses and Stately Homes

Discover the Lake District and Cumbria’s stately homes and historic houses which have been home to many famous faces and witnessed a wide range of historical events.

Wordsworth, Ruskin, Tennyson and Beatrix Potter are just some of the famous figures to have called these great houses home and some of the houses are still family homes today which have passed through generations.

Find out the stories or ‘above and below’ stairs, hear tales of love, conflict and passion and you might even meet a member of the family when visiting. You can also see wonderful possessions and antiques created by world renowned artists and craftsmen. Beyond the grand buildings are extensive grounds and gardens to explore too with trails, flower walks, wildlife and playgrounds to keep all members of the family happy.

WE recommend looking at these historic houses – from stately homes to a modest Lakeland cottage:

Askham Hall (Askham, near Penrith)

Blackwell – The Arts and Crafts House (Bowness-on-Windermere)

Brantwood (Coniston)

Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens (Dalemain, Penrith)

Dove Cottage (Grasmere)

Rydal Mount, (Rydal)

Hill Top (Near Sawrey, Ambleside)

Holker Hall & Gardens (Cark-in-Cartmel, Nr Grange-over-Sands)

Hutton-in-the-Forest (Penrith)

Levens Hall & Gardens (near Kendal)

Mirehouse & Gardens (near Keswick)

Muncaster Castle, Gardens, Hawk & Owl Centre (Ravenglass)

See also our collection of Museums and Galleries in Cumbria and the Lake District.

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