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Rembrandt in National Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

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Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL Tel: 01539 722464 www.abbothall.org.uk

01539 722464   www.abbothall.org.uk

OPENING TIMES

Open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 5pm (4pm Nov- Feb) Open Sundays July & August, 12 – 4pm

DIRECTIONS

From Kendal town centre, pass the parish church, on your right, then take the first right into the public car park signed ‘Abbot Hall’. Pass through the gate at the end of the South Lakeland District Council car park (Peppercorn Lane) into the Abbot Hall car park.


See the world’s greatest artists in Cumbria’s award winning gallery. Exhibitions in 2017 include works by Turner Prize nominee George Shaw, Cumbrian artist Julian Cooper and key pieces by Pop Artists Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and Allen Jones.

Acorn Bank Garden, Cumbria

Acorn Bank

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Temple Sowerby, Penrith, CA10 1SP

017683 61893   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/acorn-bank

OPENING TIMES

March – October daily except Tuesday 10am – 5pm. November – December Saturday & Sunday only 11am – 4pm. Tearoom open March to October 10.30am – 4.30pm.
DIRECTIONS

6 miles from Penrith along the A66. Acorn Bank is approximately 1 mile from the A66.


 

Delightful garden renowned for its herbs and fruit orchards.

Best known for its comprehensive herb collection and traditional fruit orchards, Acorn Bank is a tranquil haven with a fascinating industrial past. Indulge yourself at the tea-room, where culinary herbs and fruit from the garden are used daily in soups, salads and puddings.

Wander along the Crowdundle Beck to the partially restored watermill, enjoying wildlife in the woods on the way, and discover more about the history of gypsum mining on the estate. Enjoy the views across the Eden Valley to the Lake District from the magnificent backdrop of the sandstone house.

Allan Bank

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Grasmere, near Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9QB

015934 35143   www.nationalltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere

OPENING TIMES:

26 Feb – 31 Mar Friday, Saturday and Sunday only 10.30am – 4.00pm.

1 April – 30 October Daily 10am – 5pm.

4 November – 18 December Friday, Saturday and Sunday only 10.30am – 4.00 pm.

DIRECTIONS

Junction 36 M6, then take the A591 to Grasmere village. Allan Bank is a short 10 minute walk up the hill from the Red Lion hotel / Miller Howe Café in centre of village.


“The loveliest spot that man hath ever found” according to William Wordsworth – and we are rather inclined to agree with him.

Opened to the public for the first time ever in March 2012, Allan Bank is a place to relax in front of a warm fire with a cup of tea while the children play. Once home to William Wordsworth and National Trust founder Canon Rawnsley, Allan Bank was rescued from the ravages of fire in 2011. Now partially restored and undecorated, the house offers you the opportunity to see and touch the many layers of this home’s fascinating history.

Armitt Gallery

Armitt Museum and Library

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Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9BL

015394 31212   armitt.com

Opening Times 1 Apr – 31 Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm 1 Nov – 31 Mar, Mon-Sat, 10am-4.30pm

Directions Situated at the northern end of Ambleside, just past the min-roundabout at the bottom of the Kirkstone Pass road.


In the Lake District, landscape and culture are inextricably entwined.

Founded by poets, artists and writers, the Armitt is the quintessence of the cultural Lakes. Today it presents a permanent exhibition devoted to its greatest benefactor, Beatrix Potter. ‘Image and Reality’ reaches beyond the popular image to her extraordinary life and achievements.

Kurt Schwitters, the German modernist, lived and worked in Ambleside. One of the most influential artists of the 20th Century, the Armitt’s collection of his work is of international importance.

In the library visitors can enjoy browsing the magnificent collection of antiquarian books, manuscripts and other displays. The Armitt is truly one of the rarest treasures of the Lakes.

Askham Hall

Askham Hall

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Askham Hall, Askham, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2PF

01931 712350   www.askhamhall.co.uk

Opening Times Gardens and Café: every day (except Sat) 10am – 5pm during spring and summer. From after Oct half term: Fri and Sun, 11am – 4pm. Closed from 4 Dec until mid-Feb, then Fri and Sun 11am – 4pm until the Easter holidays.

Restaurant and accommodation available Tue-Sat for dinner and overnight stays. Groups can stay any day.

Directions
Askham Hall is situated in a quiet and picturesque village within easy access (about ten minutes drive) from Penrith and junction 40 of the M6.


A stunning grade I listed Pele Tower dating back to the 13th century, Askham Hall has recently been transformed from a stately family home into a unique and contemporary stylish retreat and restaurant.

Luxurious, unpretentious, up-to-date and full of charm. With 15 en-suite bedrooms, an outdoor heated pool, spa, dining rooms, wedding barn, medieval hall and outdoor pavilion.

The grade II listed gardens are open to the public and full of stunning features, visitors can also enjoy something delicious in the atmospheric Kitchen Garden Café.

Facilities: Tearoom, Gift Shop, Children’s Play area, Plant Sales

Beatrix Potter Gallery, Cumbria

Beatrix Potter Gallery

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Main Street, Hawkshead, LA22 0NS

015394 36355   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ beatrix-potter-gallery

DIRECTIONS
Take the B5286 from Ambleside (4 miles); or the B5285 from Coniston (5 miles). Parking: There is parking 300 yards away (pay and display), not National Trust. Take the car ferry from Ferry Nab in Bowness across Windermere to Ferry Head.

OPENING TIMES

Please click here for opening times


Beatrix Potter’s original artwork on display in a 17th-century house

Step inside this charming old building to enjoy an exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s original drawings and watercolours. This year the new exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter and displays original artwork inspired by her love of nature.

A visit here is an ideal addition to a Hill Top visit as it doesn’t just offer the chance to admire her delightful artwork but also the opportunity to learn more about Beatrix Potter’s life outside the writing career which made her famous. Learn more about Beatrix as a farmer and conservationist and how her legacy helped to keep the Lake District the place we know today.

This gallery building has an interesting history too, as previously it was the office of Beatrix Potter’s husband William Heelis, and it is a rare opportunity to see inside one of Hawkshead’s old buildings.

Birdoswald Roman Fort, English Heritage

Birdoswald Roman Fort (English Heritage)

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Birdoswald Roman Fort (English Heritage), Gilsland, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 7DD

01697 747602   www.english-heritage.org.uk/birdoswald

Opening times
Check website for full list of opening times.

Directions
4 miles west of Greenhead off B6318. Signposted from A69 Carlisle-Hexham road at Brampton roundabout.

 


Birdoswald Roman Fort is the perfect place for a family day out or as a place to stop and relax if you’re walking or cycling along Hadrian’s Wall. You can explore the extensive remains and the longest continuous remaining stretch of this World Heritage Site.

Inside, the exhibition has interesting interactive displays and artefacts, as well as a full model of the Wall.

Enjoy delicious locally made cakes in the tea room, while outside you can see wildlife in abundance.

Birdoswald also offers farmhouse-style accommodation for those wishing to stay within this historic site.

Take a look at English Heritage’s Summer Events here.

Blackwell, Arts & Crafts House, Windermere

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

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Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere. Cumbria LA23 3JT

015394 46139   www.lakelandarts.org.uk

HHA Members do not get free admission

Opening times
Open Daily.
17 January – 31 December 2017. Closed 25 and 26 December.
10.30am – 5.00pm (closing 4.00pm Nov – Feb).

Directions
By road: 20 minutes from M6 J36. Blackwell is situated 1½ miles south of Bowness off the A5074 on the B5360. GPS Location N54°20.572 , W2°55.319.


One of the best examples of the Arts and Crafts movement in the world. You are invited into this stunning house to relax and soak up the atmosphere and magnificent lake view, and learn about the people who made Blackwell their home. Spend as long as you like enjoying the house and leave time to treat yourself to lunch or cake in the Tea Room and to browse the contemporary craft shop, which showcases the very best of British craftsmanship. Parking is free – so there is no need to rush.

Facilities: Tearoom, Gift Shop, Family-friendly actitivies

Home of John Ruskin, Brantwood on Coniston

Brantwood

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Brantwood, Coniston, LA21 8AD

015394 41396   www.brantwood.org.uk

Opening times
Open all year: mid March to November daily 10.30am until 5.00pm; December to mid March Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am until 4.00pm.

Directions
On east shore of Coniston Water, opposite Coniston village .Off B5285 signposted from Hawkshead and Coniston. Also via bus connecting with boats at Coniston jetty.


Experience John Ruskin’s legacy and inspiration at Brantwood, one of the most beautifully situated houses in the Lake District. Renowned as a writer, artist and thinker, Ruskin’s home is filled with his art and treasured items that reflect the huge variety of his interests. Gain an insight into Ruskin’s ideas as you explore his fascinating and dynamic estate, with gardens, pastures, ancient woods, high moors and spectacular views.

Visitors enjoy a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events, including regular guided garden tours and activities for children. Relax in the Brantwood restaurant, with spectacular views from its terrace across Coniston Water.

Facilities: Tearoom, Gift Shop

Brockhole – Lake District Visitor Centre

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Brockhole - Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LJ

015394 46601   www.brockhole.co.uk

Opening times
Open all year round. Check www.brockhole.co.uk  for seasonal opening hours and special events.

Directions
Brockhole is on the A591, midway between the towns of Windermere and Ambleside. SAT NAV LA23 1LJ.


Set amongst 10 acres of beautiful historical listed gardens, with exclusive Windermere lake shore access, Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre, provides an unrivalled setting.

From action and adventure activities to glorious garden tours and seasonal events, there really is something for all ages. If you are feeling adventurous you can enjoy a zip wire ride through our ancient woodland and discover Treetop Trek and Treetop Nets.

Take to the water by canoe, kayak or rowing boat. Hire a bike, play mini golf or let your imagination take over on a nature trail. Indoors, the Visitor Centre itself also offers a gift shop, terrace café, exhibitions, and a soft play area.

Arrive by boat, bus, bike or on foot and entry to the visitor centre, grounds and lakeshore is free. Otherwise car parking charges apply.

Facilities: Tearoom, Plant Sales, Gift shop, Family-friendly activities

Brougham Castle, Cumbria

Brougham Castle (English Heritage)

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Brougham Castle (English Heritage), Brougham, Cumbria CA10 2AA

01768 862488   www.english-heritage.org.uk/brougham

Opening times
Check website for full details of opening times.

Directions
1 1/2 miles SE of Penrith, off A66.


In a picturesque setting beside the crossing of the River Eamont in Cumbria, Brougham Castle was founded in the early 13th century. This great keep largely survives, amid many later buildings – including the unusual double gatehouse and impressive ‘Tower of League’.

Both a formidable barrier against Scots invaders and a prestigious residence, the castle welcomed Edward I in 1300. A complex of passages and spiral stairways makes Brougham a fascinating castle to explore, as well as an ideal picnic setting for a family day out.

The top of the keep provides panoramic views over the Eden Valley.

Carlisle Castle, English Heritage

Carlisle Castle (English Heritage)

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Carlisle Castle (English Heritage), Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8UR

01228 591922   www.english-heritage.org.uk/carlisle

Opening times
Check website for full list of opening times.

Directions
In Carlisle city centre. Parking at the castle itself is only available for disabled visitors, but there are several car parks nearby in the city centre.


Standing proudly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle was a constantly updated working fortress until well within living memory. Now its rich and varied visitor attractions reflect its long and eventful history.

Even before the medieval castle was begun, this site was an important Roman fortress. Today, the castle still plays a prominent role in Cumbria as one of its best-loved landmarks.

With a exhibition, a programme of guided tours, a picnic area, a unique gift shop and being so close to Hadrian’s Wall, the castle makes for a full family day out.

 

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life

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Alma Building, The Castle, Carlisle CA3 8UR

01228 532774   www.cumbriasmuseumofmilitarylife.org

Opening Times:

Open all year. April to September daily 10am – 6pm; October daily 10am – 5pm; November-March Saturday to Thursday (closed Friday) 10am -4pm. Check website for special events/exhibitors and Christmas/New Year opening times.

Directions

On the north side of Carlisle City Centre. Follow signposting to the Castle, a 12 minute walk from the train station, 6 minutes from the bus station. Local car parking close by.

 


Visit the recently refurbished Museum, reopened in its new location in 2014. Discover the history of soldiers past and present through state of the art displays of uniforms, medals, equipment and fascinating objects that tell the story of Cumbria’s County Infantry Regiment the Border Regiment and its successors, the King’s Own Royal Border and Duke of Lancaster’s Regiments from 1702 to the present day.

Explore a diorama of a WW1 trench and be amazed at the WW2 glider and jeep. With audio visual and interactive displays the Museum reflects the story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in peace and war. There is something here for all ages! Additional events, activities, lectures and temporary exhibitions are programmed throughout the year.

Dalemain near Ullswater, Historic Houses Association

Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens

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Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, Dalemain, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0HB

017684 86450   www.dalemain.com

Opening times
9th April – 26th October. Gardens, Tearoom & Gift Shop Open Sun – Thurs 10am – 4.30pm (4pm in Oct) House Opens 10.30am – 3.30pm. See website for variable Sunday openings, winter openings and specialist tours.

Directions
On the A592 Penrith to Ullswater, 3 Miles from M6, J40 at Penrith or 2 Miles from Ullswater at Pooley Bridge.


Home to the Hasell family since 1679, Dalemain is a wonderful combination of History, Culture & Landscape. The house boasts a fine mixture of Mediaeval, Tudor & early Georgian architecture and is home to the World’s Original Marmalade Festival.

The Gardens encompass 5 acres of richly planted borders with intriguing & unusual combinations of flowers and shrubs. Highlights include the Rose Walk, Ancient Apple Trees, Tudor Knot Garden, Blue Himalayan Poppies, Earth Sculpture, Spiral Garden and Stumpery.

Enjoy homemade food served in the Mediaeval Hall Tearoom, Historic Parkland, Museum, Gift & Antiques Shop, Plant Sales, Special Events & Group Bookings. Free Parking. HHA/Christie’s Garden of the Year, 2013.

Facilities: Plant Sales, Tearoom, Gift Shop

Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum

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Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH

015394 35544   www.wordsworth.org.uk

Opening times:
1 March–31 October: Open daily 9.30am – 5.30pm. (Last admission 5pm).
1 November–28 February: Open daily 9.30am – 4.30pm. (Last admission 4pm).
There will be no access to Dove Cottage on Tuesdays during December and February but the Museum and Shop will remain open.  Closed over Christmas and for three weeks in January. Please see website for full details.

Directions:
Find us on the A591, just south of the Grasmere mini roundabout.
Look out for the big blue sign.


Dove Cottage is much as it was when Wordsworth left in 1808. Here and in the museum are the only places in the world where his possessions and manuscripts are displayed together. An entertaining guided tour gives a vivid impression of life here, the people who visited and their exploits!

The Wordsworth Museum tells Wordsworth’s remarkable life story, his tragic childhood, his travels through the French revolution, his radical ideas which are so relevant today and how he changed literature forever.

Special exhibitions change three times a year and cover art, travel, lives of famous people and social history.

Facilities: Tea Room, Gift Shop

Furness Abbey (English Heritage)

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Furness Abbey (English Heritage), Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA13 0PJ

01229 823420   www.english-heritage.org.uk/furnessabbey

Opening times
Check website for full list of opening times.

Directions
Located 1 1⁄2 miles N of Barrow-in-Furness, off A590.


The impressive remains of an abbey founded by Stephen, later King of England, including much of the east end and west tower of the church, the ornately decorated chapter house and the cloister buildings.

English Heritage is carrying out emergency conservation work to stop the ruined Abbey church sinking into the soft ground. This follows earlier routine inspections which revealed serious cracks in the walls. Medieval masons used large pieces of oak in the foundations and after 500 years, this timber is now gradually giving way.

Recently, while excavating the grave of a prosperous medieval abbot, a hoard of medieval treasures was discovered at Furness Abbey. Curators have hailed the discovery of the first crozier (a staff with a crook on top) to be excavated in Britain in over 50 years and an impressive gemstone ring has also been uncovered. Channel 4 news have also reported on the story.

Take a look at English Heritage’s Summer Holiday Planner for lots of ideas for inspiring activities and events on their sites.

Red Sandstone Fox in Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest

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Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead, Cumbria LA22 0QJ

0300 067 4495   www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale

Opening Times: Winter/Spring 10am – 4pm Summer/Autumn 10am – 5pm

Directions: Located between Coniston and Windermere LA22 0QJ


Grizedale Forest, in the heart of the Lake District, offers an unrivalled day out for everyone. Situated between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere, Grizedale is an ideal place to go walking on one of our waymarked trails, with views of the lakes and mountains whilst in the shelter of the trees enjoying the sculptures in the forest, or simply discover a quiet spot to admire the wildlife.

Grizedale is a haven for art lovers and has an amazing new exhibition space with a full progamme throughout the year, with talks from the artists and even a chance to become part of the exhibition.

If you are feeling adventurous there are many Mountain bike trails for all the family to enjoy either with your own bike or hired bikes, we also have Segway treks, Tree Top Junior, Ziptrekking and Tree Top Adventure. Afterwards you can relax and enjoy some refreshment in our Café in the Forest.

Hill Top Near Sawrey, Lake District

Hill Top

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Near Sawrey, Ambleside, LA22 0LF

015934 36269   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.

OPENING TIMES

House entry is by timed ticket only. Please visit our website for details of opening times


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.

Holehird Gardens

Holehird Gardens

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Holehird Gardens, Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1NP

015394 46008   www.holehirdgardens.org.uk

Opening times
Open all year dawn to dusk.
Admission and parking free but donations most welcome.
Wardens are available for advice from Easter to October.
Support dogs only.

Directions
The Gardens are approximately 1 mile on the A592  Kirkstone Pass Road off the A591 through Windermere.
Coaches strictly by appointment contact groups@holehirdgardens.org.uk                               


The Lakeland Horticultural Society’s Gardens at Holehird are probably unique in being developed and completely maintained by volunteers as well as being funded entirely by donations and, in the summer months, from the sale of plants propagated from the garden.

The 17 acre hillside garden includes specimen trees and shrubs, extensive rock and heather gardens, alpine houses, a walled garden and herbaceous borders.

The superb Lakeland setting also contains a small woodland walk and water features.

The Society holds four National Collections of Astilbe, Daboecia, Meconopsis and Polystichum Ferns as well as having a renowned collection of Hydrangea.

Plants are also available to purchase.

Holker Hall & Gardens

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Holker Hall & Gardens, Cark-in-Cartmel, Nr Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 7PL

015395 58328   www.holker.co.uk

Opening times

25 March- 29th October Wednesday – Sunday (and bank holiday Mondays)
Café, Food Hall & Gift Shop open daily from 10.30am – 5pm.
Hall & Gardens 11am-4pm.
Directions: 30 minutes from Motorway M6/J36, follow brown signs on A590.  Close to Morecambe Bay.


Holker Hall, near Grange-over-Sands, is the much loved home of the Cavendish family. The Hall is nestled amongst 25 acres of beautiful gardens, meadows, woodlands and deer park.

The Courtyard Café offers fresh local food and homemade cakes. The Food Hall stocks the Estates’ own meats, cheese and cakes as well as the best local produce.

The Gift Shop offers an array of lovely and unusual items as well as plants from local nurseries. Special events throughout the year including our New Spring Market on the 20th & 21st May, a tour of the Ice House with a Cream Tea on 9th June and 21st July, Plant Fair and Food Market on 27th August, and the Chilli Fest on 9th and 10th September.

The Ilex Bar and Brasserie are open for lunches and dinner and Holker is available for weddings.

Facilities: Tearoom, Gift Shop, Children’s Play area, Family-friendly activities

Hutton-in-the-Forest, Historic Houses Association

Hutton-in-the-Forest and gardens

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Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, CA11 9TH

017684 84449   www.hutton-in-the-forest.co.uk

Opening times
House: 11.30am – 4pm
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays
9 April – 1 October

Gardens:
10am – 5pm daily except Saturdays
26 March – 30 October

Directions
2 miles north-west of M6 Jct 41 on B5305.


Lord and Lady Inglewood’s ancient house in the medieval Forest of Inglewood was originally built as a stronghold against the Scots. Their family has lived at Hutton for over 400 years and the house has evolved through centuries of change into an architectural puzzle with each generation leaving its mark both inside and outside.

The extensive gardens with topiary and terraces, a wild flower meadow and lake, lead round to the Walled Garden which is now the main flower garden.  Tulips and lilies, herbaceous borders, roses and fruit trees are a mass of colour and interest throughout the summer.

Facilities: Tearoom, Gift Shop

Kirklinton Hall & Gardens

Kirklinton Hall & Gardens

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Kirklinton Hall & Gardens, Kirklinton, Carlisle, CA6 6BB

016977 48292   www.kirklintonhall.co.uk

Opening times

12-5pm Sundays and weekdays 1st April – 30th September

Directions
6 miles NE of Carlisle. M6 J44; A7 to Longtown at Blackford, right to Kirklinton; at A6071 turn right towards Brampton; 1st left to Roadhead; at T-junction left; past church, KH on left.


Adjacent to the 12th Century de Boyville stronghold, Kirklinton was built from its stone in the 1670’s. Extended in the 1870’s and ruined in the 1970’s, the Hall has been a Restoration Great House, an RAF base, a school, a gangsters’ gambling den and worse. Walk in the footsteps of Norman Knights, Cavalier Commanders and the Kray twins.

Now, Kirklinton Hall and its Gardens are being restored by the Boyle family to its former glory. It is also the home of SlowFood Cumbria and is available for weddings and hosts various events including music festivals and opera.

Facilities: Tearoom, Gift Shop, Children’s Play area, Family-friendly activities

Lakeland Motor Museum

Lakeland Motor Museum

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Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow, Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8TA

015395 30400   lakelandmotormuseum.co.uk

Opening times
Open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am. Please enquire about combined ticket arrangements with Windermere Lake Cruises. Tickets can be bought at Ambleside (Waterhead) and Bowness piers or at the museum. See website for operating dates/timetable information.

Directions
Located adjacent to the A590 between Newby Bridge and Haverthwaite.


An ever changing collection of over 30,000 exhibits which trace the development of road transport throughout the twentieth century – cycles, motorbikes, motor cars and automobilia. Plus the Campbell Bluebird Exhibition which pays tribute to Sir Malcolm Campbell and son Donald who between them captured 21 world land and water speed records. Highlights include full size detailed replicas of the 1935 Bluebird car, the 1939 Bluebird boat (K4), and the famous 1967 jet hydroplane Bluebird K7.

The museum incorporates the Leven Valley Heritage Centre which details how life used to be at work in the local Blue Mill, gunpowder factories, iron works and woodland industries.

Facilities: Tearoom

Lanercost Priory (English Heritage)

Lanercost Priory (English Heritage)

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Lanercost Priory (English Heritage), Lanercost, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 2HQ

01697 73030   www.english-heritage.org.uk/lanercost

Opening times
Check website for full list of opening times.

Directions
Off a minor road S of Lanercost; 2 miles NE of Brampton.


The beautiful and now tranquil setting of Augustinian Lanercost Priory belies an often troubled history. Standing close to Hadrian’s Wall, it suffered frequent attacks during the long Anglo-Scottish wars, once by Robert Bruce in person.

The mortally sick King Edward I rested here for five months in 1306-7, shortly before his death on his final campaign. Yet there is still much to see in this best-preserved of Cumbrian monasteries. The east end of the noble 13th century church survives to its full height, housing within its dramatic triple tier of arches some fine monuments.

Take a look at English Heritage’s Summer Holiday Planner for inspirational events at their sites.

Levens Hall, Historic Houses Association

Levens Hall & Gardens

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Levens Hall, Kendal, LA8 0PD

015395 60321   www.levenshall.co.uk

Opening times
 9th April – 5th October.  Open Sunday to Thursday (Closed Fridays & Saturdays).
Gardens, Tea Room, Gift Shop & Plant Centre 10am – 5pm.
House 12noon – 4.30pm (last entry 4pm). 

Directions
Situated 5 miles south of Kendal on A6. Exit M6 junction 36. SATNAV – LA8 0PD.


Levens Hall is an atmospheric, welcoming and fascinating Elizabethan mansion, home to the Bagot family.  The Hall contains oak panelling, period furniture, Cordova leather wall coverings, paintings, the earliest English patchwork and other beautiful objects of the highest standard.

The widely admired famous topiary garden laid out from 1694 is the oldest in the world and the cut yew trees, together with herbaceous borders, massive beech hedges, a pond surrounded by pleached limes, nuttery and vegetable garden provide year round interest.

Home-made food, attractive gift shop, traction engines in steam on Sundays, play area and a variety of children’s activities.

Lowther Castle & Gardens

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Lowther Castle, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2HH

01931 712192   www.lowthercastle.org/to-do/whats-on/

OPENING TIMES

Open daily all year round (except Christmas day)
April-September: 10am-5pm (last tickets at 4pm)
October-March: 10am-4pm (last tickets at 3pm)

DIRECTIONS

By Car or Coach: SATNAV: CA10 2HH

From the North: M6 exit at J40. Follow A66 east to next roundabout, then take the A6 south for 3 miles. Follow the signs for Lowther Castle.

From the South: M6 exit at J39. Follow A6 north for 8 miles. Follow the signs for Lowther Castle.

From the East or West: From A66, at Penrith, follow A6 south for 3 miles. Follow the signs for Lowther Castle.

Penrith is the closest train station to Lowther Castle. Travel on the main west coast line from London Euston or south from Glasgow or Edinburgh.  1hr 30 min from Edinburgh, 3 hours from London. Lowther Castle is approximately 6 miles from the train station by taxi.


Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the English Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem. Built at the turn of the 19th century, on the site of two previous houses, the castle was a grand affair boasting a room for every day of the year. Its gardens were the envy of the north. But in 1957 the castle was demolished. Just the façade and outer walls remained standing and for over half a century, the place was empty – home only to chickens, pigs and the odd bat. The gardens were lost to wilderness.
Seventy years on from its demolition, Lowther Castle is now one of the most intriguing visitor attractions in the country. Dramatic ruinsgardens within gardens, an adventure playground to rival the best in the land. For visitors young and old (and four-legged), Lowther Castle offers plenty to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you.

Mirehouse & Gardens

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Mirehouse & Gardens, Mirehouse, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QE

017687 72287   www.mirehouse.com

Opening times
April to October.
House:
Sat, Sun and Wed 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
Gardens, playgrounds and tearoom: Daily 10am to 5pm.

Directions
3 miles north of Keswick on A591.  Parking in Dodd Wood car park opposite main entrance. SAT NAV CA12 4QE.


Mirehouse is a “Manor from Heaven” according to Melvyn Bragg.  Set in stunning landscape between mountainside and Bassenthwaite Lake, the gardens include a tranquil walled garden planted for bees, a terraced Poetry Walk and woodland playgrounds.

The house has a wealth of unique literary connections – over the years the Spedding family has had close links with Tennyson, Southey and Thomas Carlyle.  As visitors wander through this living family home, they enjoy a relaxed welcome, live piano music flowing from room to room and a chance for younger visitors to play in the Victorian nursery or follow the history trail.

Facilities: Tearoom, Children’s play area

Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass

Muncaster Castle, Gardens, Hawk & Owl Centre

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Muncaster Castle, Gardens & Hawk & Owl Centre, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ

01229 717614   www.muncaster.co.uk

Opening times
SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS.
Gardens & Hawk & Owl Centre: Open daily from 11 February 2017
Castle: Sun – Fri, 26 March – 31 October
(closed most Saturdays to host weddings but open Bank Holidays).

Directions
SAT NAV CA18 1RD.
On the A595 one mile south of the coastal village of Ravenglass in the Western Lake District.


Historic haunted castle nestling in wildlife rich gardens against the dramatic backdrop of the tallest Cumbrian mountains and famous for colourful rhododendrons, azaleas and bluebells.

The Hawk & Owl Centre is home to various birds including owls, falcons, eagles and vultures and presents two spectacular flying displays and a wild heron feed daily in the main season as well as offering close up and personal Hawk Walks.

The gift shops, café, ancient church, playgrounds, MeadowVole Maze and woodland walks enhance a great day out.

Why not stay in our onsite B&B? Also a romantic venue for weddings and celebrations.

Don’t miss our special events including the Muncaster Festival and our renowned Halloween Week.

Facilities: Tearoom, Gift Shop, Children’s Playground, Family-friendly events

Museum of Lakeland Life

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Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL

01539 722464   www.lakelandmusuem.org.uk

OPENING TIMES

Open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 5pm (4pm Nov – Feb) Open Sundays July & August, 12 – 4pm. Closed over the Christmas period.

DIRECTIONS

From Kendal town centre, pass the parish church, on your right, then take the first right into the public car park signed ‘Abbot Hall’. Pass through the gate at the end of the South Lakeland District Council car park (Peppercorn Lane) into the Abbot Hall car park.


The only museum that uncovers the past of home, work and play across the Lake District. Find out stories of the homes, industries and people of this beautiful part of the world. Here you can discover the Lake District through the many ways that people have lived and worked amongst the fells.

Rum Story Museum - Whitehaven

Rum Story

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27 Lowther Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7DN

01946 592933   www.rumstory.co.uk

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10am – 4.30pm, 7 days a week during summer holidays

Directions: Access to the Rum Story is from the A595 (Follow the town centre signs). Car parking is available around the town and there is a multi-storey car park, which has CCTV and is manned during opening hours.

Set in the original 1785 shop, courtyards, cellars and bonded warehouses of the Jefferson family, The Rum Story has been authentically designed to provide all-weather family entertainment.

The Rum Story is a great day out for all ages, and is one of the key features of the regeneration project, which also features the Crow’s Nest at the harbour, and the renovation of the harbour-side itself. You can also enjoy a leisurely browse in our gift shops, which sells our world famous Jefferson’s Rum. Try our homemade rum butter and tea bread made with Jefferson’s Rum. The coffee shop is also worth a visit, set beside the courtyard, which serves homemade lunches and cakes.


Imagine leaving the streets of our Georgian town centre and feeling like you have been transported to an exotic island in the Caribbean. That is what you will experience when you begin your journey through The Rum Story.

Ruskin Museum

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The Story of Coniston, Yewdale Road, Consiton, LA21 8DU

015394 41164   www.ruskinmuseum.com

Opening Times

Open all year. Mid March to mid November open daily, 10am – 5.30pm. Mid November to mid March Tues-Sunday 10.30am – 3.30pm. Last entry 45 minutes before closing.

Directions

Find us in Coniston village centre, opposite Fire Station & behind Coniston Institute. Limited parking on site for disabled. Free parking on lane between Co-Op & Black Bull, past gate, round bend on the left.


Discover one of Lakeland’s best kept secrets. The Rough Guide names The Ruskin Museum “the most thought-provoking in the Lakes” for its amazing stories that touch your heart & make your imagination soar. Meet Coniston’s iconic blue-eyed heroes. Enjoy our exquisite watercolours & drawings by John Ruskin, the radically subversive Victorian pundit on art, architecture & moral values, and thrill at the exploits & tragic end of 1950s/60s Speed Ace Donald Campbell. Marvel at Bluebird K7’s triumphant seven World Water Speed Records. Identify Arthur Ransome’s “great lake in the north,” the heart of Swallows & Amazons country, amidst the coppice woods, Herdwicks, fells, slate-quarries and coppermines of plain living, high thinking Coniston.

Sizergh Castle, Cumbria

Sizergh

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Sizergh, near Kendal, LA8 8DZ

015395 60951   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sizergh

DIRECTIONS
From the M6, exit at junction 36, then take A590 towards Kendal, take Barrow-in-Furness turning and follow brown signs. Parking: 250 yards from the main entrance. Sat-Nav: enter LA8 8DZ

OPENING TIMES

House:* until 29 October Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun 12-4pm

Gardens, Cafe & Shop:** until 29 October daily 10am – 5pm. 30 October – 31 December daily 10am- 4pm.

Estate† : Open all year 9am -6pm daily. Dogs welcome on estate footpaths.

Guided house tours at 11 and 11:20 (approximately 45 minutes, places limited, £1 per person; tickets to be collected from reception at least 15 minutes before the tour). **Parts of garden closed Friday and Saturday in January, February, November and December. †Closes at 4:30 in winter. Car park: open 9 to 4:30, 1 January to 6 March and 31 October to 31 December. Closed 25 December.


Beautiful medieval house, with rich gardens and estate.

This imposing house stands proud at the gateway to the Lake District. Its rich and beautiful garden includes a pond, lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden.

Still lived in by the Strickland family, Sizergh has many tales to tell and certainly feels lived in, with centuries-old portraits and fine furniture sitting alongside modern family photographs.

The exceptional wood panelling culminates in the Inlaid Chamber, returned here in 1999 from the Victoria and Albert Museum. The 647-hectare (1,600-acre) estate includes limestone pasture, orchards and semi-natural woodland.

Sizergh has a fantastic range of events over the year for all the family.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Windermere

Stott Park Bobbin Mill (English Heritage)

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Stott Park Bobbin Mill (English Heritage), Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8AX

01539 531087   www.english-heritage.org.uk/stottpark

Opening times
Check website for full list of opening times.

Directions
Located 1 1⁄2 miles N of Newby Bridge, off A590.


In the Lake District in Cumbria, this extensive working mill produced literally millions of wooden bobbins vital to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries.

The story of the Bobbin Mill is brought to life with a brand new exhibition. Visitors can also see the journey from tree to bobbin first hand during production on the original belt driven machinery. A hands-on family trail helps visitors to imagine what it was like to work at the mill.

Although small compared to other mills, some 250 men and boys (some drafted in from workhouses) worked here over the years in often arduous conditions to produce a quarter of a million bobbins a week.

Take a look at English Heritage’s School Holidays planner for inspiring events at some of their sites.

Swarthmoor Hall, cradle of the Quaker movement

Swarthmoor Hall

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Swarthmoor Hall, Swarthmoor Hall Lane, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0JQ

01229 583204   www.swarthmoorhall.co.uk

Opening times
The Hall is open for day visitors: Monday-Friday 10:30 – 16:30,  Saturday, Sundays and last Thursday of each month 13:30 – 16:30 until 29 October 2017.  The Barn Cafe is open 7 days a week 10.30am – 4.30pm until 29 October. From 30 October until 22 December the cafe is open Friday – Monday 10.30am – 4pm.

Directions
Signposted to the outskirts of Ulverston, just off the A590. 25-minute drive from J36 of the M6.


Swarthmoor Hall is a 16th century country house set in beautiful gardens. Visitors speak about its tranquillity.

A writer commented: “The fictional dramas of Downton Abbey seem relatively tame to the actual events in Swarthmoor Hall’s history. The birthplace of the Quaker movement has all the elements of a great screenplay: love, conflict, conviction and passion.”

There are six historic rooms to view with a fine selection of 17th century furniture.

The new barn cafe continues the Hall’s centuries old reputation for hospitality, serving delicious sweet and savoury dishes sourced from local artisans and food producers – Jumping Jenny for cakes and savoury dishes, and The Fat Flour Bakery for pastries and breads.

The garden are open all year round to day visitors. Take a picnic, have a stroll, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

Townend, Troutbeck

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Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LB

015934 32628   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/townend

OPENING TIMES
House open Wednesday – Thursday until 29 October 1pm – 5pm. Guided tours at 11am and 12noon, places limited. Open Bank Holiday Mondays. May close early due to poor light.

DIRECTIONS

Signposted from both A591 or A592 at Troutbeck, nr Windermere.


Explore the wonderful farmhouse home of the Browne family. Wander through the garden, see the unique collection of carved oak furniture and the family’s well-used library, including 45 books that are the only remaining copies in the world.

Wordsworth House and Garden

Wordsworth House & Garden

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Main Street, Cockermouth. CA13 9RX

01900 820884   www.nationaltrust.org/wordsworth-house

OPENING TIMES
Open Saturday to Thursday, 11am to 5pm (last entry to house and garden 4pm) until 29 October. It will also be open on three Fridays in 2017: 14 April (Good Friday), 2 June and 27 October. Timed tickets may operate on busy days. The café is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

DIRECTIONS
Off A66, on Cockermouth Main Street
Parking: town centre car parks. Long-stay car park signposted as coach park (not National Trust), 300 yards, Wakefield Road. Walk back over footbridge to house.


Step back to the 1770s at William Wordsworth’s childhood home

Wordsworth House and Garden, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, is the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy.

It is presented as it would have been when they lived here with their parents, three brothers and servants in the 1770s. Today, this homely Georgian townhouse is peopled by our knowledgeable 21st-century guides and, on selected dates, the maid or manservant is hard at work – and keen to chat.

There is real food on the dining table, a fire burning in the working kitchen and a recipe William and Dorothy might have eaten for you to taste. Ink and quill pens are ready in the clerk’s office, and if you play the piano, you might like to try our replica harpsichord. The children’s bedroom is full of toys and dressing up clothes, and in the Wordsworth Room there are books and games to enjoy. Down in the cellar, the household’s ghosts are waiting to tell their stories.

The garden is packed with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, just as it would have been when William played – and learned his love of nature – here.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL Tel: 01539 722464 www.abbothall.org.uk

01539 722464   www.abbothall.org.uk

See the world’s greatest artists in Cumbria’s award winning gallery. Exhibitions in 2017 include works by Turner Prize nominee George Shaw, Cumbrian artist Julian Cooper …

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Rembrandt in National Gallery

Acorn Bank

Temple Sowerby, Penrith, CA10 1SP

017683 61893   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/acorn-bank

 

Delightful garden renowned for its herbs and fruit orchards.

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Acorn Bank Garden, Cumbria

Allan Bank

Grasmere, near Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9QB

015934 35143   www.nationalltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere

“The loveliest spot that man hath ever found” according to William Wordsworth – and we are rather inclined to agree with him.

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Armitt Museum and Library

Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9BL

015394 31212   armitt.com

In the Lake District, landscape and culture are inextricably entwined.

Founded by poets, artists and writers, the Armitt is the quintessence of the cultural Lakes. Today …

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Armitt Gallery

Askham Hall

Askham Hall, Askham, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2PF

01931 712350   www.askhamhall.co.uk

A stunning grade I listed Pele Tower dating back to the 13th century, Askham Hall has recently been transformed from a stately family home into …

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Askham Hall

Beatrix Potter Gallery

Main Street, Hawkshead, LA22 0NS

015394 36355   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ beatrix-potter-gallery

Beatrix Potter’s original artwork on display in a 17th-century house

Step inside this charming old building to enjoy an exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s original drawings and …

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Beatrix Potter Gallery, Cumbria

Birdoswald Roman Fort (English Heritage)

Birdoswald Roman Fort (English Heritage), Gilsland, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 7DD

01697 747602   www.english-heritage.org.uk/birdoswald

Birdoswald Roman Fort is the perfect place for a family day out or as a place to stop and relax if you’re walking …

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Birdoswald Roman Fort, English Heritage

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere. Cumbria LA23 3JT

015394 46139   www.lakelandarts.org.uk

One of the best examples of the Arts and Crafts movement in the world. You are invited into this stunning house to relax and soak …

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Blackwell, Arts & Crafts House, Windermere

Brantwood

Brantwood, Coniston, LA21 8AD

015394 41396   www.brantwood.org.uk

Experience John Ruskin’s legacy and inspiration at Brantwood, one of the most beautifully situated houses in the Lake District. Renowned as a writer, artist and …

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Home of John Ruskin, Brantwood on Coniston

Brockhole – Lake District Visitor Centre

Brockhole - Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LJ

015394 46601   www.brockhole.co.uk

Set amongst 10 acres of beautiful historical listed gardens, with exclusive Windermere lake shore access, Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre, provides an unrivalled setting.

From …

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Brougham Castle (English Heritage)

Brougham Castle (English Heritage), Brougham, Cumbria CA10 2AA

01768 862488   www.english-heritage.org.uk/brougham

In a picturesque setting beside the crossing of the River Eamont in Cumbria, Brougham Castle was founded in the early 13th century. This great keep …

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Brougham Castle, Cumbria

Carlisle Castle (English Heritage)

Carlisle Castle (English Heritage), Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8UR

01228 591922   www.english-heritage.org.uk/carlisle

Standing proudly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle was a constantly updated working fortress until well within living memory. Now …

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Carlisle Castle, English Heritage

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life

Alma Building, The Castle, Carlisle CA3 8UR

01228 532774   www.cumbriasmuseumofmilitarylife.org

Visit the recently refurbished Museum, reopened in its new location in 2014. Discover the history of soldiers past and present through state of the art …

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Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens

Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, Dalemain, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0HB

017684 86450   www.dalemain.com

Home to the Hasell family since 1679, Dalemain is a wonderful combination of History, Culture & Landscape. The house boasts a fine mixture of Mediaeval, …

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Dalemain near Ullswater, Historic Houses Association

Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum

Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH

015394 35544   www.wordsworth.org.uk

Dove Cottage is much as it was when Wordsworth left in 1808. Here and in the museum are the only places in the world where …

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Dove Cottage

Furness Abbey (English Heritage)

Furness Abbey (English Heritage), Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA13 0PJ

01229 823420   www.english-heritage.org.uk/furnessabbey

The impressive remains of an abbey founded by Stephen, later King of England, including much of the east end and west tower of the church, …

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Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead, Cumbria LA22 0QJ

0300 067 4495   www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale

Grizedale Forest, in the heart of the Lake District, offers an unrivalled day out for everyone. Situated between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere, Grizedale …

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Red Sandstone Fox in Grizedale Forest

Hill Top

Near Sawrey, Ambleside, LA22 0LF

015934 36269   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ 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 …

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Hill Top Near Sawrey, Lake District

Holehird Gardens

Holehird Gardens, Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1NP

015394 46008   www.holehirdgardens.org.uk

The Lakeland Horticultural Society’s Gardens at Holehird are probably unique in being developed and completely maintained by volunteers as well as being funded entirely by …

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Holehird Gardens

Holker Hall & Gardens

Holker Hall & Gardens, Cark-in-Cartmel, Nr Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 7PL

015395 58328   www.holker.co.uk

Holker Hall, near Grange-over-Sands, is the much loved home of the Cavendish family. The Hall is nestled amongst 25 acres of beautiful gardens, meadows, woodlands …

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Hutton-in-the-Forest and gardens

Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, CA11 9TH

017684 84449   www.hutton-in-the-forest.co.uk

Lord and Lady Inglewood’s ancient house in the medieval Forest of Inglewood was originally built as a stronghold against the Scots. Their family has lived …

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Hutton-in-the-Forest, Historic Houses Association

Kirklinton Hall & Gardens

Kirklinton Hall & Gardens, Kirklinton, Carlisle, CA6 6BB

016977 48292   www.kirklintonhall.co.uk

Adjacent to the 12th Century de Boyville stronghold, Kirklinton was built from its stone in the 1670’s. Extended in the 1870’s and ruined in the …

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Kirklinton Hall & Gardens

Lakeland Motor Museum

Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow, Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8TA

015395 30400   lakelandmotormuseum.co.uk

An ever changing collection of over 30,000 exhibits which trace the development of road transport throughout the twentieth century – cycles, motorbikes, motor cars and …

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Lakeland Motor Museum

Lanercost Priory (English Heritage)

Lanercost Priory (English Heritage), Lanercost, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 2HQ

01697 73030   www.english-heritage.org.uk/lanercost

The beautiful and now tranquil setting of Augustinian Lanercost Priory belies an often troubled history. Standing close to Hadrian’s Wall, it suffered frequent attacks during …

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Lanercost Priory (English Heritage)

Levens Hall & Gardens

Levens Hall, Kendal, LA8 0PD

015395 60321   www.levenshall.co.uk

Levens Hall is an atmospheric, welcoming and fascinating Elizabethan mansion, home to the Bagot family.  The Hall contains oak panelling, period furniture, Cordova leather wall …

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Levens Hall, Historic Houses Association

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Lowther Castle, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2HH

01931 712192   www.lowthercastle.org/to-do/whats-on/

Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the English Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem. Built at the …

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Mirehouse & Gardens

Mirehouse & Gardens, Mirehouse, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QE

017687 72287   www.mirehouse.com

Mirehouse is a “Manor from Heaven” according to Melvyn Bragg.  Set in stunning landscape between mountainside and Bassenthwaite Lake, the gardens include a tranquil walled …

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Muncaster Castle, Gardens, Hawk & Owl Centre

Muncaster Castle, Gardens & Hawk & Owl Centre, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ

01229 717614   www.muncaster.co.uk

Historic haunted castle nestling in wildlife rich gardens against the dramatic backdrop of the tallest Cumbrian mountains and famous for colourful rhododendrons, azaleas and bluebells.

The …

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Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass

Museum of Lakeland Life

Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL

01539 722464   www.lakelandmusuem.org.uk

The only museum that uncovers the past of home, work and play across the Lake District. Find out stories of the homes, industries and people …

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Rum Story

27 Lowther Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7DN

01946 592933   www.rumstory.co.uk

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Rum Story Museum - Whitehaven

Ruskin Museum

The Story of Coniston, Yewdale Road, Consiton, LA21 8DU

015394 41164   www.ruskinmuseum.com

Discover one of Lakeland’s best kept secrets. The Rough Guide names The Ruskin Museum “the most thought-provoking in the Lakes” for its amazing stories that …

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Sizergh

Sizergh, near Kendal, LA8 8DZ

015395 60951   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sizergh

Beautiful medieval house, with rich gardens and estate.

This imposing house stands proud at the gateway to the Lake District. Its rich and beautiful garden includes …

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Sizergh Castle, Cumbria

Stott Park Bobbin Mill (English Heritage)

Stott Park Bobbin Mill (English Heritage), Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8AX

01539 531087   www.english-heritage.org.uk/stottpark

In the Lake District in Cumbria, this extensive working mill produced literally millions of wooden bobbins vital to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries.

The story …

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Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Windermere

Swarthmoor Hall

Swarthmoor Hall, Swarthmoor Hall Lane, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0JQ

01229 583204   www.swarthmoorhall.co.uk

Swarthmoor Hall is a 16th century country house set in beautiful gardens. Visitors speak about its tranquillity.

A writer commented: “The fictional dramas of Downton Abbey …

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Swarthmoor Hall, cradle of the Quaker movement

Townend, Troutbeck

Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LB

015934 32628   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/townend

Explore the wonderful farmhouse home of the Browne family. Wander through the garden, see the unique collection of carved oak furniture and the family’s well-used …

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Wordsworth House & Garden

Main Street, Cockermouth. CA13 9RX

01900 820884   www.nationaltrust.org/wordsworth-house

Step back to the 1770s at William Wordsworth’s childhood home

Wordsworth House and Garden, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, is the birthplace and childhood home …

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Wordsworth House and Garden