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Hill Top
Near Sawrey

"Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories in this little 17th century house and it has been kept exactly as she left it"

There is a traditional cottage garden attached and a selection of her original illustrations can be seen at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead.

Hill Top,
Near Sawrey,
Tel: 015394 36269
Fax: 015394 36118


"A very fine example of Lake District vernacular architecture and an exceptional survival"

Largely 17th-century, the solid stone and slate house belonged to a wealthy yeoman farming family.

Contents include carved woodwork, books, papers, furniture and fascinating domestic implements from the past, largely accumulated by the Browne family who lived here from 1626 to 1943.

LA23 1LB
Tel: 015394 32628

Carlisle Castle
Carlisle Castle, Carlisle

"900 years of dramatic and bloody history"

Wander though the castle's medieval chambers, stairways, and dungeons.

Here you will discover the legendary 'licking stones' where parched Jacobite prisoners found moisture to stay alive - just one grim tale from Carlisle's bloody past.

Carlisle Castlle,
Tel: 01228 591922

Historic Houses & Castles - 2
Workington Hall
Workington Hall, Workington

"Built around a pele tower dating from the 14th century"

This was once one of the finest Manor Houses in the region owned by the Curwen family, Lords of the Manor of Workington, who gave shelter to Mary Queen of Scots on her last flight from Scotland before her imprisonment and execution.

Workington Hall,
Curwen Park,

Brougham Castle
Brougham Castle, Penrith

"Discover the intriguing story of Lady Anne Clifford"

Brougham Castle is built next to the River Eamont on the site of an old Roman fort, Brocavum.

A square keep with its entrance on the first floor and access stairs protected by a forebuilding was constructed by Robert de Vipont in the early 13th century

Brougham Castle,
CA10 2AA

Brougham Hall


"England’s most ambitious country house restoration project"

Brougham Hall was dubbed by Victorians as the “Windsor of the North”.

Its physical appearance and fine elevated position above a broad river were two obvious similarities.

Brougham Hall’s long connection with royalty provided the real link. King George V (as he later became) was a regular guest, and so was King Edward V11 whose sporting interests in Cumbria, it was rumoured, covered a broad range of different quarries.

Brougham Hall,
CA10 2DE
Tel: 01768 862306



Muncaster Castle
Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

"Alive for all ages"

The castle, beloved home of the Penningtons since the beginning of the 13th Century, displays treasures collected over 800 years.

Miles of paths wind through natural woodland where plants and animals find sanctuary.

Muncaster also boasts the finest Owl Centre in the world - over 180 birds of around 50 species.

Muncaster Castle,
CA18 1RQ
Tel: 01229 717614

Fax: 01229 717010

Swarthmoor Hall

"Considering the past, in light of present experience, to change the future"

Swarthmoor Hall is an Elizabethan manor house on the outskirts of Ulverston. It was built in about 1586 as the family home of Judge Thomas Fell, the then Chancellor to the Duchy of Lancaster.

In 1652 George Fox, founder of the Quakers, came to the hall, convinced Thomas Fell and his wife, Margaret, of the truth of his preaching and the hall became the cradle of the early Quaker movement.

Swarthmoor Hall is still closely linked with Quakerism and was purchased by the Religious Society of Friends in 1954 and currently offers various residential and day courses and spiritual retreats.

Swarthmoor Hall,
LA12 0JQ
Tel: 01229 583204



"Lord & Lady Inglewood's Historic Home & Gardens"

Surrounded by the magnificent woodland of the medieval Forest of Inglewood, it is the legendary Green Knight's Castle in the Arthurian tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Tel: 017684 84449
Lowther Castle & Gardens

Designed and built between 1806 and 1814 by Robert Smirke for William Lowther, 1st earl of Lonsdale"

From 1882 to the early 1920s, parties and sporting weekends at the castle were visited by royalty, heads of state and politicians.

Following 4 years of rescue and restoration, one of the largest projects of its kind in Europe, the site is now open as a unique visitor attraction with the dramatic castle ruins fronting 130 acres of gardens which continue to be lovingly restored.

The fully restored stable courtyard is free to visit and houses our café and shop’

Lowther Castle,
CA10 2HH
Tel: 01931 712192




Dalemain, Penrith

"A medieval Tudor and Georgian house that has been in the same family since 1679"

The fantastic house contains behind its Georgian facade, a wealth of Tudor and Mediaeval rooms and buildings.

The Old Hall was added in the 14th century, along with another tower.

In the 16th century, two projecting wings were added creating a typical Elizabethan manor house and in 1744, the impressive Georgian front was constructed to enclose an inner courtyard.

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens,
CA11 0HB
Tel: 017684 86450
Fax: 017684 86223

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