Things to see & do

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What's new in 2014

Beatrix Potter holidays in the Lakes with her father and brother

This year we’re exploring the holidays Beatrix took with her family – watch out for her collectables around the house and how some of them inspired her stories.

Activities to try

Children will enjoy exploring the vegetable garden at Hill Top house

Why not give our garden trail a go? It's designed for children, but grown-ups are free to do it too. Follow the clues round the garden to solve the word puzzle.

Ideas for your holiday

inside or outside, it's your choice

We've put together a great list of National Trust places you can visit after Hill Top (see them below).

If you want to visit at busy times do plan to come to Hill Top first though as we can have early sell-outs.

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 the new 2014 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.