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Art Exhibition, free entry



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We are delighted to welcome back Rowan Barnes-Murphy as Artist in Residence for our 2016 season. Having spent some time at the Hall last year Rowan has created a fantastic body of work, inspired by the house and gardens, which will be exhibited in the Bellingham Buttery Tea Room. The pictures will be available to buy with prints, cards and books also available in The Potting Shed Shop.

Since studying at the Cambridge Art School, Rowan has been a practicing freelance illustrator with clients worldwide. He works in many different fields from book publishing, newspapers and magazines to producing artwork for restaurants and animation. He has worked extensively in advertising, his artwork representing many major brands including Moet & Chandon, Sony, Mercedes-Benz and the Bank of Rome. He illustrated the Arts page of Punch for several years and his images can be seen on covers of the New York Times and other magazines. His popular gift book series, Too Soon for a Mid Life Crisis, has sold close to 1 million copies worldwide.

Rowan divides his time between homes in Somerset and the Poitou Charente region of France. The beautiful architecture and landscapes of both areas constantly inspire him to draw and paint, using pen and ink, watercolour washes and crayon, and this has led to him being commissioned to paint house portraits for private clients. For more details on private commissions for house or building projects, please contact Rowan via his website.

Opening details

Open Sunday to Thursday 10am - 5pm in the Bellingham Buttery at Levens Hall.


Free entry

Free entry to the Bellingham Buttery, Gift Shop & Plant Centre on open days throughout the Season.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Groups by prior arrangement. Regret the house has many steps and is therefore unsuitable for the infirm, disabled access to gardens only. Do not take American Express credit card.




Plan route to Levens Hall, Gardens and Kitchen using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SD 494850  Lat: 54.25816 Long: -2.77822

Leave M6 jct 36. Five miles south of Kendal on A6.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Oxenholme station

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
  • mix of tarmac and gravel

  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesRamp


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to restaurant / cafe
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 12
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

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