Our work

Who we are and what we do

We're part of the National Trust's South Lakes team

We're part of the National Trust's South Lakes team

Our main base is at Hill Top in Near Sawrey, but members of our team can also be found in Hawkshead (at the Beatrix Potter Gallery and National Trust Hawkshead Shop), at Wray Castle and at Claife Viewing Station.

From selling National Trust memberships and welcoming visitors to Hill Top house, garden and Beatrix Potter Gallery to running events and selling our wonderful gift range in our shops- our work is very varied and we hope has a positive impact on the many visitors who come here each year.

We hope you'll enjoy learning more of what we do in this wonderful part of the country.

Our latest news

Useful links:

Keep up to date on the National Trust South Lakes, Hill Top & Beatrix Potter Gallery news blog.

Find out what's new with our countryside colleagues National Trust South Lakes countryside news blog.

Welcoming visitors

Five ways we aim try to help make your visit to our places more enjoyable:

  • giving a warm welcome
  • ensuring houses don't get overcrowded
  • able to give general tourist information
  • knowledgeable staff and volunteers
  • events

Conserving the Beatrix Potter Collection

Five ways our team helps conserve the Beatrix Potter Collection:

  • daily, weekly and annual specialist cleaning
  • managing visitor numbers
  • regulating light hours
  • using conservation specialists
  • annual winter closure

What's in the South Lakes?

On our South Lakes patch our historic houses include:

  • Hill Top
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery
  • Wray Castle
  • Claife Viewing Station
  • Hawkshead Old Courthouse
  • traditional farms (some like Yew Tree Farm are B&Bs)

Current vacancies

Any current permanent jobs are advertised on the National Trust jobs website.

We recruit seasonal staff every year to help welcome visitors during the season. Please contact our office for seasonal vacancy information

Who to contact

Our South Lakes historic houses' operation is based at Hill Top in Near Sawrey.

To contact us please telephone 015394 36269 (option 5) or by e-mail: hilltop@nationaltrust.org.uk