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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.

Peter Rabbit

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction


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.

Hutton-in-the-Forest Historic House

Hutton in the Forest


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.

Wood Hall Gardens

Wood Hall Gardens


Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank


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.

Levens Hall & Gardens

Levens Hall, Gardens & Kitchen


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.

Holker Hall and Gardens

Holker Hall and Gardens


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.

Wray Castle

Wray Castle


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.

View from Brantwood House over Lake

Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin


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.

Dove Cottage

Wordsworth Grasmere


Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of Dove Cottage, the home of poet William Wordsworth. Wander through the Garden-Orchard and uncover Wordsworth’s radical and creative life story in the Museum.

Askham Hall Gardens

Askham Hall


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.

Sizergh House and Garden

Sizergh Castle - National Trust


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.

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Lowther Castle & Gardens


Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem....

Hill Top

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House


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'.

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle


Dominating the Lake District Coast where the mountains tumble into the sea and bursting with treasures and tales, haunted Muncaster oozes history from every rough stone which fashion the castle walls.

Dalemain Mansion

Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens


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


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.

	 Brockhole - Lake District Visitor Centre

Brockhole on Windermere


We're Brockhole on Windermere set right on the shores of the lake and we are incredibly proud to be at the heart of the spectacular Lake District National Park - a New UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens

Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens


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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