Gardens & Heritage
Nowhere in Britain does the array of garden experiences compare, nor is there such nature and genius standing shoulder to shoulder.
Lake District gardens, large and small, are strewn across the region: Gardens that celebrate individual genius as in Ruskin's creation at Brantwood and Wordsworth's at Rydal Mount.
Gardens in Cumbria that trace history and adventure at Levens and Muncaster. Grand gardens such as the one at Holker Hall. Compact gardens with enduring, caring family ties at Dalemain and Hutton-in-the-Forest.
Take a stroll through our beautiful gardens with views of the River Lowther, visit our animals and enjoy something delicious in our Kitchen Garden Café.
Following a £9m investment and three years' development, The Lakes Distillery officially opened its doors in December 2014 and since then, they have become one of Cumbria's leading award winning tourist attractions.
Explore the traditional Lakeland cottage and home of the famous poet William Wordsworth and discover what life was like at the turn of the 19th Century.
Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem....
A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.
Levens Hall is an Elizabethan mansion built around a 13thC Pele tower. The much loved home of the Bagot family, visitors often comment on the warm and friendly atmosphere.
Historic house based on a medieval pele tower with substantial 17th, 18th and 19thC additions. The house contains fine collections of furniture, ceramics, tapestry and portraits and is still a private residence.
At the heart of the Eden Valley, with spectacular views to the Lake District, Acorn Bank is a tranquil haven with a walled garden and an outstanding medicinal and culinary herb collection. The restored watermill works most weekends.
Hill Top is a time capsule of Beatrix Potter's life. Full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'Tale'.
With more than 750 years of history and centuries-old portraits sitting alongside modern family photographs, this medieval house certainly feels lived in; indeed it is still home to the Strickland family.
Home of the Penningtons for 800 years. Tour this glorious castle with an informative and free interactive wand.
Wray Castle is a mock-gothic Castle, on the western shore of Windermere. Empty of original furniture, this is a place for all the family to enjoy.
Victorian stately home, set in 25 acres of stunning gardens and ancient deer park. Holker has its own cafe, brasserie, gift shop and food hall, and hosts an annual programme of special events.
The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere is a vibrant visitor centre offering a unique experience for all the family. Explore a magical world where all 23 enchanting tales are brought to life.
Brantwood house is a registered museum. The 9 rooms that Ruskin used are open to the public. The Severn Studio presents a programme of quality art and craft exhibitions throughout the year.
Dalemain is a fine mixture of medieval, Tudor and early Georgian architecture. The imposing Georgian façade strikes the visitor immediately but in the cobbled courtyard the atmosphere of the north country Tudor manor is secure.
Adjacent to the 12th Century de Boyville stronghold, Kirklinton Hall is said to have been built from its stone. Begun in the 1670’s, extended in the 1870’s and ruined in the 1970’s, the Hall has been a Restoration Great House and RAF base.
Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's best loved home for 37 years. Here he wrote many of his poems and revised and improved much of his earlier works including the Prelude and the famous 'Daffodils' poem.
A family-run historic house with strong literacy connections in a fantastic setting. Live piano music and children's quiz in house. Four woodland playgrounds, lakeside and poetry walks in the grounds. Excellent tearoom specialising in Cumbr
Brockhole offers activities to suit everyone, from toddlers to adventure seekers to those in search of an ultra-relaxing experience whilst enjoying their time in the Lake District.
Discover topiary, national collections and much more in Lake District gardens.
Cumbria and the Lake District has proved so inspirational for writers down the years. William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, William Sawrey Gilpin.
Modern Day plant hunters
Today's gardens in Cumbria are rich with exotic species, to go in search of them is to become a modern day 'Plant Hunter'.
Ancient Sweet Chestnuts
An Ancient sweet Chestnut in the grounds of Rydal Hall is estimated to be over 500 years old, and probably planted before the current hall was buuilt in 1600. It's massive girth measures 11m (36FT), although huge burrs make precise measurement difficult.
The Peak Oak
The Peace Oak in Broadgate Meadow (Next to the river), was planted by Canon Rawnsley (co-founder of the National Trust) on 19th July to mark a day of peace on the anniversary of the start of WW1.