Things to see & do

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What's new in 2015

Beatrix Potter on holiday in the Lakes with her father and brother

This year we’re exploring the theme of holidays, in particular all the many different visitors that came to see Beatrix during her years at Hill Top.

She welcomed hundreds of people into her house and farm, including friends, the local girl guides, farmers and her 'book visitors'. Our house guides and volunteers will bring stories to life as you follow in the footsteps of these visitors before you.

Children's activity

Discover the secrets of Hill Top garden on our graden trail

Discover the secrets of Hill Top garden on our graden trail

Why not give our new garden trail a go? Follow the clues round the garden to solve the puzzles and learn more about Beatrix's secret code. It's designed for children, but grown-ups are free to do it too!

With Hill Top visited, where to next?

  • Go 'On Holiday with Beatrix' at the Gallery

    Visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery in nearby Hawkshead to see our 2015 exhibition, 'On Holiday with Beatrix Potter.'

  • Have fun at Wray Castle

    Beatrix Potter had a holiday at Wray Castle with her family when she was a teenager but wouldn't recognise it now.

    It has no antiques, fine furniture or paintings but it does have a fascinating history (join a free tour for the full story).

    For children there's lots of opportunity to play inside and outside - so bags of fun whatever the weather.

  • Amble around Tarn Hows

    Tarn Hows - one of the most-loved scenic places to visit in the Lake District

    Located in the rolling hills above Hawkshead and Coniston villages, this small lake with its backdrop of woodland and mountains is special. A well-maintained circular path round the tarn means it's ideal for the whole family to go for a walk. We even have a mobility scooter (free to use).

  • Refuel at a great pub

    The National Trust has taken over the running of a traditional pub.

    The Sticklebarn in Great Langdale is sourcing food and drink locally and it's ideal for that 'pub and grub' stop you're looking for.