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Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin

Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AD

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.

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  • Rail station: Windermere (10 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Hill Top
National Trust

Near Sawrey, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0LF

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'.

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  • Rail station: Windermere (5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Museum Of Lakeland Life
VistEngland VAQAS

Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL

This award-winning museum takes you and your family back in time to tell the story of the Lake District and its inhabitants. Isolated until the arrival of the train and motorcar, which brought newcomers and tourists.

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  • Rail station: Kendal (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
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Beatrix Potter Gallery
National TrustSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0NS

This unique gallery space occupies the charming 17th century building which once served as the office of Beatrix Potter's solicitor husband, in the centre of Hawkshead village.

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  • Rail station: Windermere (6 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Holker Hall and Gardens

Cark in Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 7PL

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.

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  • Rail station: Cark-in-Cartmel (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
The Pencil Museum

Southey Works, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5NG

Located in Keswick, the home of the first pencil, visitors enter this museum through a replica graphite mine which would have served as the source of the pencil industry over three centuries ago.

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  • Rail station: Penrith (20 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Levens Hall & Gardens
VistEngland VAQASHistoric Houses Association Friends Scheme

Levens, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0PD

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.

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  • Rail station: Oxenholme (6 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
VistEngland VAQASAIM Cumbria

Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is an excellent choice for a great day out for all of the family.

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  • Rail station: Carlisle (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
The Beacon
VistEngland VAQAS

West Strand, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7LY

Situated on Whitehaven's attractive harbour side, The Beacon is home to the town's museum collection.

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  • Rail station: Whitehaven (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Wordsworth House and Garden
VistEngland VAQASNational TrustMember of Cumbria TourismSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX

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

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  • Rail station: Maryport (6 miles)
  • Children welcome
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Kendal Museum
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Station Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6BT

Kendal is a pioneering Teaching Musuem - where history and nature meet.

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  • Rail station: Kendal (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum

Town End, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH

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.

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  • Rail station: Windermere (8 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
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Townend
National Trust

Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LB

A real Lakeland hidden treasure set in the beautiful village of Troutbeck, this 17thC solid stone and slate house sits imposingly on the hillside, its huge chimneys typical of the area.

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  • Rail station: Windermere (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Sizergh
National Trust

Nr Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8AE

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.

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  • Rail station: Oxenholme (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
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Benjamin Bunny
VistEngland VAQAS

The Old Laundry, Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3BX

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.

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  • Rail station: Windermere (2 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
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Allan Bank
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9QZ

Make yourself comfortable in the former home of National Trust Founder, Canon Rawnsley. Only partially restored and decorated, this isn’t a typical National Trust experience.

 
 
 
Hutton-in-the-Forest Historic House
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

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

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.

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  • Rail station: Penrith (6 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
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Blackwell, The Arts & Craft House
VistEngland VAQAS

Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JT

Blackwell is one of England's most important surviving houses from the turn of the 20thC. Designed by MH Baille Scott between 1898 and 1900, it is a superb example of arts and crafts movement.

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  • Rail station: Windermere (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
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