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  • National Trust

Historic House, £2.85-£6.10




Townend is an atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories.

The Brownes of Townend in the Troutbeck Valley were just an ordinary farming family: but their home and belongings bring to life more than 400 years of extraordinary stories. As you approach Townend - a traditional Lake District stone and slate farmhouse, you'll understand why Beatrix Potter described Troutbeck Valley as her favourite.

Once inside, you are welcomed into the farmhouse kitchen with a real fire - burning most afternoons - and a quirky collection of domestic tools. Exploring further, you can marvel at the intricately carved furniture and discover why the collection of books belonging to this farming family is of international importance.

Join us every Thursday afternoon as we recreate recipes from the Brownes' family recipe book.

Opening details

Open bank holiday Mondays.
Guided tours only at 11 and 12, limited spaces available. Last entry 30 minutes before closing time. May close early due to poor light.


Adult £6.10, children £3.05, family £15.25.

Gift Aid for adult: £6.80
Gift Aid for Child: £3.40
Gift Aid for family: £17.00


  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

House is largely inaccessible for those with limited mobility. No access for coaches as all roads width restricted.


LA23 1LB


Plan route to Townend using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 407020  Lat: 54.40999 Long: -2.91514

Follow the brown signs from the A591 between Windermere and Ambleside.

Parking: free

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