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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

2015 exhibition

Beatrix Potter holidays in the Lakes with her father and brother

Beatrix Potter holidays in the Lakes with her father and brother

Back by popular demand, our ‘On Holiday with Beatrix Potter’ exhibition returns this year. 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.

Hidden gems

Take a glimpse inside Beatrix Potter's magpie mind

Take a glimpse inside Beatrix Potter's magpie mind

Beatrix Potter's curious childhood collections cabinet is full of unusual things that she picked up on her travels around the UK, from gem stones to cannon balls! One drawer is open and the others are brought to life by interactive touch screens.

Certificate of Excellence

The Gallery has been awared a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

We're very proud to say we've been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor based on our 4.5 rating.

Thanks to everyone who has visited and given us a great review online. We really appreciate it and are so glad you enjoyed your visit.