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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.

 
Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank

Penrith

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.

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle

Ravenglass

Home of the Penningtons for 800 years. Tour this glorious castle with an informative and free interactive wand.

Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin

Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin

Coniston

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.

Askham Hall Gardens

Askham Hall

Penrith

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.

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House and Garden

Cockermouth

A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

Hill Top

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House

Sawrey

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'.

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust

Penrith

The ruined castle and gardens at Lowther stand on a limestone escarpment at the Northern edge of the Lake District National Park. Visit the once famous gardens, one of England's greatest, but unseen for 70 years.

Sizergh House and Garden

Sizergh

Kendal

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.

Wray Castle

Wray Castle

Ambleside

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.

Levens Hall & Gardens

Levens Hall & Gardens

Kendal

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.

The Lakes Distillery

Lakes Distillery

Cockermouth

The award-winning Lakes Distillery Company opened in December 2014 in The Lake District National Park with the vision of producing a world class single malt whisky and a global brand that is recognised and respected around the world.

Hutton-in-the-Forest Historic House

Hutton in the Forest

Penrith

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.

Holker Hall and Gardens

Holker Hall and Gardens

Grange-over-Sands

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.

Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Grasmere

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.

Peter Rabbit

The World of Beatrix Potter

Bowness-on-Windermere

The World of Beatrix Potterâ„¢ 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.

Brockhole - Lake District Visitor Centre

Brockhole on Windermere

Windermere

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.

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens

Penrith

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.

Rydal Mount and Gardens

Rydal Mount and Gardens

Ambleside

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.

Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens

Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens

Keswick

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

Gardens of Interest

Discover topiary, national collections and much more in Lake District gardens.

Literary 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.

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