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Notice: The Gallery is currently closed for winter conservation work. It will open again on 14 February 2015, we'll look forward to seeing you then.

Beatrix Potter's original artwork on display in a 17th-century house

Step inside this charming old building to enjoy an exhibition of Beatrix Potter's original drawings and watercolours. This year we discover what it was like to go ‘On holiday with Beatrix Potter’ and how her unique travels inspired her wonderful stories.

A visit here is an ideal addition to a Hill Top visit as it doesn't just offer the chance to admire her delightful artwork but also the opportunity to learn more about Beatrix Potter's life outside the writing career which made her famous. Learn more about Beatrix as a farmer and conservationist and how her legacy helped to keep the Lake District the place we know today.

This gallery building has an interesting history too, as previously it was the office of Beatrix Potter's husband William Heelis, and it is a rare opportunity to see inside one of Hawkshead's old buildings.

I have got my Hedgehog here with me too; she enjoys going by train, she is always very hungry when she is on a journey. I carry her in a little basket and the bunnies in a wooden box, I don’t take any tickets for them.

Letter from Beatrix Potter to Winifred Warne Sept 6 1905

We've got the travel bug

Beatrix Potter holidays in the Lakes with her father and brother

Beatrix Potter holidays in the Lakes with her father and brother

In this year’s exhibition we’re taking a trip ‘On Holiday with Beatrix Potter’. This is a chance to see rare paintings, diary entries, sketches and photographs from Beatrix's travels, which were the inspiration for many of her famous stories.

Telling tales at the Gallery

Children love to hear Beatrix's tales brought to life

Join us for Beatrix Potter storytelling, this half-term and Easter:

  • Wednesday 18 Feb, 11am
  • Thursday 9 April, 11am

You'll hear classic Beatrix Potter tales brought to life by our experienced storyteller. Standard entry costs apply.

At the touch of a button

Exploring the new touchscreens

Discover more about Beatrix Potter and her travels with our new interactive touch screens. They bring to life all seventeen drawers of the curious collections cabinet. Plus you can listen to audio extracts from her own journals, letters and stories.

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We'll be rabbiting on about Beatrix Potter, Hawkshead Shop and the surrounding area, on our dedicated Facebook page - keep up to date with recent news, photos, updates, blog posts and join in the conversation by liking our page.