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Carlisle

Impressive and formidable, Carlisle Castle amply repays exploration of its absorbing 900-year history. Long commanding the especially turbulent western end of the Anglo-Scottish border, Carlisle has witness many conflicts and sieges.

 

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Penrith

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

 

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Ravenglass

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

 

National Trust

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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Grasmere

This traditional Lakeland cottage was the home of the poet William Wordsworth.

 

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Windermere

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.

 

National Trust

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'.

 

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.

 

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Grasmere

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.

 

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Windermere

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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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.

 

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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.

 

Member of Cumbria Tourism

Ulverston

Swarthmoor Hall is a 16th Century country house (circa 1586) set in beautiful gardens and grounds in 130 acres of farmland, with views to neighbouring fells and close to the bustling market town of Ulverston.

 

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Ulverston

Swarthmoor Hall is a 16th Century country house set in beautiful gardens and grounds in 130 acres of farmland, with views to neighbouring fells and close to the bustling market town of Ulverston.

 

Penrith

Picturesque Brougham Castle was begun in the early 13thC by Robert de Vieuxpont, near the site of a Roman fort guarding the crossing of the River Eamont.

 

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.

 
 

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