Beatrix Potter

Learn about Beatrix Potter

A remarkable woman in many ways

A remarkable woman in many ways

Beatrix Potter is known as the creator of Peter Rabbit and other favourite animal characters but in her life she achieved not just this success but also many other things too.

Visit the Gallery and discover more about the real 'Miss Potter', beyond the books and cute animals, and learn how she was forward-thinking and acted upon concerns very familiar to us still today.

Beatrix Potter Society

Screen shot of The Society hompage

Beatrix is so admired that today there is an active international society whose aim is to promote the study and appreciation of the life and works of Beatrix Potter.

Visit the Beatrix Potter's Society website

The letter writer

As well as writing books, Beatrix was a great letter writer and wrote to family, friends and fans all over the world.

You can buy a book of her published letters to adults and another of her letters to children.

The farmer

Beatrix made the amazing transformation from a London writer and artist to a Cumbrian farmer, after she bought Hill Top farm. She was most passionate about the local traditional breed of sheep, the Herdwick.

The conservationist

When she died in 1943, Beatrix left 4,000 acres of land, including 15 farms, to the care of the National Trust.

Her legacy has helped ensure the survival of the Lakeland landscape and way of life that she loved so well.

In her footsteps

Beatrix Potter lived part and full-time in the village of Near Sawrey for almost forty years.

If you'd like to explore in her footsteps here are some suggestions for places locally with connections to Beatrix Potter herself.

Hill Top
This traditional farmhouse was Beatrix Potter's retreat from London and she used it as inspiration for several of her books.

Wray Castle
Beatrix visited it on a family holiday. It is now owned by the National Trust (but never owned by Beatrix Potter). Built in Victorian times on the west shore of Windermere, this Gothic style castle is open to visitors.

Moss Eccles Tarn
A mile or so from Near Sawrey up the rough bridleway known as Stoney Lane, Beatrix had her rowing boat and boat house here.

Tarn Hows & Monk Coniston
Appreciating its landscape value, Beatrix purchased the Monk Coniston estate and Tarn Hows to conserve and protect them. She then sold half of the estate to the National Trust at cost and left the other half to us in her will.