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Notice: Hill Top house is currently closed for winter conservation work but will be re-open on 14th February. We'll look forward to welcoming you then.

Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse: a time-capsule of her life

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. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'tale'.

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. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, she used Hill Top itself and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her subsequent books.

Hill Top is a small house and a timed-ticket system is in operation to avoid overcrowding and to protect the interior. Hill Top can be very busy and visitors may sometimes have to wait to enter the house.

Please note: tickets cannot be booked in advance and early sell-outs are possible.

Putting the house to bed

Every year Hill Top house and all the contents are painstakingly packed away for winter cleaning and conservation, see what goes on in this video.

Room sneak preview

Take part of a 'virtual tour'' around the house using just your mouse. Imagine how peaceful it must have been for Beatrix to come here - so different from busy, noisy London.

Retail therapy

Unique Beatrix Potter inspired products available in Hill Top shop

For lovely Beatrix Potter gifts for children, fans and collectors; pop in to the Hill Top shop to find those special presents, for special people, or just to treat yourself!

Discover the Garden

Hill Top's traditional English country garden is the perfect partner to the house. It is still open to explore in the winter months and there's always something to see.

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