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Holker Hall & Gardens

Grange-over-Sands

Large and venerable family garden with great variety.

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Lowther Castle

Penrith

"Lowther Castle might now be a ruin, but its glory days are just beginning thanks to an ambitious restoration and redesign by Chelsea Gold winner and garden designer Dan Pearson. At Lowther Castle and Gardens, the blend of ancient architecture, naturalistic planting and the stunning Lake District setting make for atmospheric wandering. Climbing Roses and Clematis trail up the crumbling shell of the old building, which has been given a new lease of life via exquisit planting (including some botanical rarities) and the stately forms of clipped hornbeams. Equally as intriguing are the many colourful characters that have called the castle home. In the courtyard, you can find out the gripping tale of why Lowther Castle was demolished before exploring the restored apple orchard, Parterre Tapestry Garden and 17th century Great Yew Avenue. Another highlight is the Rose Garden, which has been delicately planted in the shape of an English Rose. Elsewhere, the style is less formal. Wildflower meadows, a moss-covered rockery and woodland cover for red squirrels ensure wildlife feels welcome here too. Set in 130 acres of rolling parkland, this World Heritage Site is worth visiting for the views alone. The vista from the western prospect terrace extends as far as the rugged mountains of the Lake District. Despite its chequered past, Lowther Castle is today a magical place of calm and intrigue. "

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National Trust's Townend

Windermere

Atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories. Outside, the colourful cottage-style garden is a lovely place to while away some time among the flowers.

National Trust's Fell Foot

Windermere

Situated at the very southern tip of Lake Windermere, Fell Foot is a great, family friendly location to play, explore and relax. Sweeping lawns offer plenty of space for games, picnics and gentle walks, while easy lake access makes the park perfect for paddling, swimming and boating.

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Levens Hall & Gardens

Kendal

The world’s oldest topiary garden with beautiful floral displays.

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National Trust's Hill Top

Ambleside

Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top. Full of her favourite things, this house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Make your way up the garden path to the front door and see for yourself why Beatrix loved this place.

Brantwood

Coniston

A historic house, museum and vibrant centre for the arts, John Ruskin’s former home has a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family. Come and stroll around Brantwood’s estate which offers magnificent views of Coniston Water and the Lakeland mountains beyond.

Dove Cottage And The Wordsworth Museum

Ambleside

The garden has been restored to the half-wild state that Wordsworth created from local plants and materials. It was a place of peace and inspiration for Wordsworth, who would often compose poetry outdoors.

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National Trust's Acorn Bank

Penrith

Best known for its comprehensive herb collection and traditional fruit orchards, Acorn Bank is a tranquil haven with a fascinating industrial past. Indulge yourself at the tea-room, where culinary herbs and fruit from the garden are used daily in soups, salads, and puddings.

Brockhole on Windermere

Windermere

Set upon the shore of Windermere, with the Langdales as a stunning backdrop, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a taste of the Lakes. Explore our beautiful gardens, adventure activities, scrummy cakes.

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Mirehouse Gardens

Keswick

Positioned near Keswick, Mirehouse is a family run historic house with gardens, lakeshore, and woodland playgrounds, which are all open to the public.

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Ford Park

Ulverston

If you like your green space to come with a well-stocked cafe, kid’s adventure playground and bundles of community spirit then Ford Park is the place for you. Located in the urban heart of Ulverston, this eight-acre park is popular among locals and visitors alike. Ford Park’s well-trodden paths snake past open fields, a pretty wildflower meadow and woodland copse before depositing walkers at a foliage-packed plant nursery, where the urge to buy everything is strong. At the centre of the park is Ford House, an atmospheric Grade II listed building. This and the grounds are run by Ford Park Community Group, whose sharing is caring mantra extends to the garden, where field to fork learning and eating is encouraged. This sustainable approach to food production is continued in The Coach House, which serves freshly prepared dishes using ingredients picked just meters away in the Victorian walled kitchen garden.

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National Trust's Sizergh

Kendal

This imposing house stands proud at the gateway to the Lake District. Its rich and beautiful garden includes a pond, lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden.

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Rydal Mount & Gardens

Ambleside

Garden at the home of William Wordsworth, where he lived from 1813 until his death in 1850. Wordsworth was a skilled and avid gardener, The garden remains close to how the Poet designed it in line with his Romantic ideals. Sit in the Writing Hut he spent much of his time, see the rock pool system he designed and engineered or simply stand and gaze at some incredible Lake District views.

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Swarthmoor Hall

Ulverston

Known as the Cradle of Quakerism, the gardens at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulverston have become a restorative backdrop for those making a pilgrimage to the 17th-century hall which offered protection and hospitality to early Quakers. But it isn’t just Quakers who are drawn to these restful gardens just two miles from the lapping waves of the Cumbrian coast, look out for red squirrels, brown hair and roe deer among the greenery. From the contemplative quiet garden to the beautiful wildflower meadow, Swarthmoor Hall is a dream on lazy summer afternoons. While those impatient for the signs of warmer months should head here in spring when the formal gardens are awash with the uplifting sight of snowdrops, tulips and daffodils and a carpet of wild purple crocus poke up through the earth. Don’t worry if you forget your picnic, The Barn Café serves up tea and coffee, plus delicious homemade lunches and afternoon teas. If you’d like to experience Quaker hospitality or you’re looking for affordable accommodation close to the Lake District, Swarthmoor Hall also offers bright and cosy rooms within the Hall, as well as a traditional Shepherd’s Hut

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Muncaster Castle & Gardens

Ravenglass

Muncaster Castle is set in 77-acres of gardens and woodland that are suitable for all ages. There is also a hawk and owl centre and an extensive range of events taking place throughout the year.

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National Trust's Aira Force and Ullswater

Penrith

Aira Force is a showcase for the power and beauty of nature; it’s a place to escape the ordinary.

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Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens

Penrith

Located in the North West of England, Dalemain House & Gardens contains over four centuries of architectural history. The house and gardens are available to view and there is also a tearoom and gift shop to visit.

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National Trust's Wray Castle

Ambleside

Gothic revival castle sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere with turrets, towers and informal grounds.

Yewbarrow House Gardens

Grange-over-Sands

The Yewbarrow House Gardens are separated into a number of individual areas and includes a formal Italian terrace, fern garden, walled kitchen garden, and woodland walk.

Rayrigg Hall

Windermere

Rayrigg Hall has 7-acres of garden including an acre of 'charr', a fish pond, two ha-has, and mature trees.

Morland House

Penrith

Morland House was built in the 18th century and is has a 4-acre Victorian garden. It includes waterfalls, bridges, stepping stones, a quarry garden, an orchard, a rose garden, yew avenues, and a beck walk.

Isel Hall

Cockermouth

Isle Hall is positioned two miles from Bassenthwaite Lake. The buildings south facing terraces command great views of the river, which is banked with rhododendrons in the spring. Further on in the distance are the Lakeland fells and Skiddaw.

Halecat House & Garden

Grange-over-Sands

Halecat House is home to formal gardens that were designed by the late Fortune Stanley. The gazebo, a listed building, is peaceful with beautiful stained glass detail and gleaming weather vane. The 750-acres of the 2000 acre estate are wooded and firewood has been cut and processed hereabouts since the Iron Age. The woodlands have now been brought back into profitable coppice production and they feed a biomass boiler which heats the house and surrounding buildings.

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Muncaster Castle & Gardens

Ravenglass

Muncaster Castle is set in 77-acres of gardens and woodland that are suitable for all ages. There is also a hawk and owl centre and an extensive range of events taking place throughout the year.

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National Trust's Sizergh

Kendal

This imposing house stands proud at the gateway to the Lake District. Its rich and beautiful garden includes a pond, lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden.

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Lowther Castle

Penrith

"Lowther Castle might now be a ruin, but its glory days are just beginning thanks to an ambitious restoration and redesign by Chelsea Gold winner and garden designer Dan Pearson. At Lowther Castle and Gardens, the blend of ancient architecture, naturalistic planting and the stunning Lake District setting make for atmospheric wandering. Climbing Roses and Clematis trail up the crumbling shell of the old building, which has been given a new lease of life via exquisit planting (including some botanical rarities) and the stately forms of clipped hornbeams. Equally as intriguing are the many colourful characters that have called the castle home. In the courtyard, you can find out the gripping tale of why Lowther Castle was demolished before exploring the restored apple orchard, Parterre Tapestry Garden and 17th century Great Yew Avenue. Another highlight is the Rose Garden, which has been delicately planted in the shape of an English Rose. Elsewhere, the style is less formal. Wildflower meadows, a moss-covered rockery and woodland cover for red squirrels ensure wildlife feels welcome here too. Set in 130 acres of rolling parkland, this World Heritage Site is worth visiting for the views alone. The vista from the western prospect terrace extends as far as the rugged mountains of the Lake District. Despite its chequered past, Lowther Castle is today a magical place of calm and intrigue. "

National Trust's Fell Foot

Windermere

Situated at the very southern tip of Lake Windermere, Fell Foot is a great, family friendly location to play, explore and relax. Sweeping lawns offer plenty of space for games, picnics and gentle walks, while easy lake access makes the park perfect for paddling, swimming and boating.

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Ford Park

Ulverston

If you like your green space to come with a well-stocked cafe, kid’s adventure playground and bundles of community spirit then Ford Park is the place for you. Located in the urban heart of Ulverston, this eight-acre park is popular among locals and visitors alike. Ford Park’s well-trodden paths snake past open fields, a pretty wildflower meadow and woodland copse before depositing walkers at a foliage-packed plant nursery, where the urge to buy everything is strong. At the centre of the park is Ford House, an atmospheric Grade II listed building. This and the grounds are run by Ford Park Community Group, whose sharing is caring mantra extends to the garden, where field to fork learning and eating is encouraged. This sustainable approach to food production is continued in The Coach House, which serves freshly prepared dishes using ingredients picked just meters away in the Victorian walled kitchen garden.

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Rydal Mount & Gardens

Ambleside

Garden at the home of William Wordsworth, where he lived from 1813 until his death in 1850. Wordsworth was a skilled and avid gardener, The garden remains close to how the Poet designed it in line with his Romantic ideals. Sit in the Writing Hut he spent much of his time, see the rock pool system he designed and engineered or simply stand and gaze at some incredible Lake District views.

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National Trust's Aira Force and Ullswater

Penrith

Aira Force is a showcase for the power and beauty of nature; it’s a place to escape the ordinary.

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Mirehouse Gardens

Keswick

Positioned near Keswick, Mirehouse is a family run historic house with gardens, lakeshore, and woodland playgrounds, which are all open to the public.

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National Trust's Wray Castle

Ambleside

Gothic revival castle sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere with turrets, towers and informal grounds.

Brockhole on Windermere

Windermere

Set upon the shore of Windermere, with the Langdales as a stunning backdrop, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a taste of the Lakes. Explore our beautiful gardens, adventure activities, scrummy cakes.

Kirklinton Hall & Gardens

Carlisle

Kirklinton Hall is a 17th century runined house with gardens situated on a 14-acre site in Cumbria. It features a walled garden and there are also facilties for children.

Brantwood

Coniston

A historic house, museum and vibrant centre for the arts, John Ruskin’s former home has a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family. Come and stroll around Brantwood’s estate which offers magnificent views of Coniston Water and the Lakeland mountains beyond.

Hutton-in-the-Forest

Penrith

Hutton-in-the-Forest is an ancient and historic house with its roots dating back over 500 years ago. There are many walks to enjoy and a tea room serving lunch and a selection of snacks.

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Brockhole on Windermere

Windermere

Set upon the shore of Windermere, with the Langdales as a stunning backdrop, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a taste of the Lakes. Explore our beautiful gardens, adventure activities, scrummy cakes.

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Swarthmoor Hall

Ulverston

Known as the Cradle of Quakerism, the gardens at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulverston have become a restorative backdrop for those making a pilgrimage to the 17th-century hall which offered protection and hospitality to early Quakers. But it isn’t just Quakers who are drawn to these restful gardens just two miles from the lapping waves of the Cumbrian coast, look out for red squirrels, brown hair and roe deer among the greenery. From the contemplative quiet garden to the beautiful wildflower meadow, Swarthmoor Hall is a dream on lazy summer afternoons. While those impatient for the signs of warmer months should head here in spring when the formal gardens are awash with the uplifting sight of snowdrops, tulips and daffodils and a carpet of wild purple crocus poke up through the earth. Don’t worry if you forget your picnic, The Barn Café serves up tea and coffee, plus delicious homemade lunches and afternoon teas. If you’d like to experience Quaker hospitality or you’re looking for affordable accommodation close to the Lake District, Swarthmoor Hall also offers bright and cosy rooms within the Hall, as well as a traditional Shepherd’s Hut

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Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens

Penrith

Located in the North West of England, Dalemain House & Gardens contains over four centuries of architectural history. The house and gardens are available to view and there is also a tearoom and gift shop to visit.

Rhododendrons

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Rydal Mount & Gardens

Ambleside

Garden at the home of William Wordsworth, where he lived from 1813 until his death in 1850. Wordsworth was a skilled and avid gardener, The garden remains close to how the Poet designed it in line with his Romantic ideals. Sit in the Writing Hut he spent much of his time, see the rock pool system he designed and engineered or simply stand and gaze at some incredible Lake District views.

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Lowther Castle

Penrith

"Lowther Castle might now be a ruin, but its glory days are just beginning thanks to an ambitious restoration and redesign by Chelsea Gold winner and garden designer Dan Pearson. At Lowther Castle and Gardens, the blend of ancient architecture, naturalistic planting and the stunning Lake District setting make for atmospheric wandering. Climbing Roses and Clematis trail up the crumbling shell of the old building, which has been given a new lease of life via exquisit planting (including some botanical rarities) and the stately forms of clipped hornbeams. Equally as intriguing are the many colourful characters that have called the castle home. In the courtyard, you can find out the gripping tale of why Lowther Castle was demolished before exploring the restored apple orchard, Parterre Tapestry Garden and 17th century Great Yew Avenue. Another highlight is the Rose Garden, which has been delicately planted in the shape of an English Rose. Elsewhere, the style is less formal. Wildflower meadows, a moss-covered rockery and woodland cover for red squirrels ensure wildlife feels welcome here too. Set in 130 acres of rolling parkland, this World Heritage Site is worth visiting for the views alone. The vista from the western prospect terrace extends as far as the rugged mountains of the Lake District. Despite its chequered past, Lowther Castle is today a magical place of calm and intrigue. "

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Muncaster Castle & Gardens

Ravenglass

Muncaster Castle is set in 77-acres of gardens and woodland that are suitable for all ages. There is also a hawk and owl centre and an extensive range of events taking place throughout the year.

Holehird Gardens

Windermere

In a stunning setting overlooking Windermere, Holehird Gardens rewards a visit at any time of year.

Brockhole on Windermere

Windermere

Set upon the shore of Windermere, with the Langdales as a stunning backdrop, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a taste of the Lakes. Explore our beautiful gardens, adventure activities, scrummy cakes.

Hutton-in-the-Forest

Penrith

Hutton-in-the-Forest is an ancient and historic house with its roots dating back over 500 years ago. There are many walks to enjoy and a tea room serving lunch and a selection of snacks.

Brantwood

Coniston

A historic house, museum and vibrant centre for the arts, John Ruskin’s former home has a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family. Come and stroll around Brantwood’s estate which offers magnificent views of Coniston Water and the Lakeland mountains beyond.

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