Things to see & do

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Ghosts, gourds and ghouls

Follow the Halloween garden trail to win a prize

Wed 29 Oct – Sun 2 Nov
Have a go at our Hallowe'en pumpkin trail. Find the pumpkins in the garden and complete the trail to win a prize. £1.50 per trail

Open library

Emma Wright examines a book from Townend’s unique library

Weds 17 – Sun 28 September, from 1 – 4.30pm

This is an exclusive opportunity for visitors to come into Townend library, find out more about our books, have a sit down and read a facsimile copy.

Don't forget to...

  • Follow the Townend Trail to find the things that most people will miss
  • Enjoy our cottage garden and admire George's prize winning plants
  • Discover lots of quirky objects as you wander through the house
  • Try to guess the age of George's intricately carved furniture
  • Get your boots on and explore Troutbeck valley with one of our downloadable trails

Join a guided a tour

Want to find out how you can 'burn a candle at both ends' and how the crafty chambermaid outwitted the rich merchant?

Then join one of our tours, every open day at 11am and 12 noon. 

Places limited.

Walk this way

glorious views over Windermere are the reward for the climb

There are some great walks around Troutbeck which all offer breathtaking views of Windermere.

Here are a few of our favourites to download:

Spotlight on...

Not your ordinary object to find in a farmhouse © National Trust


Yes, handcuffs. Not your ordinary find in a National Trust house. So why would you find handcuffs in a Westmorland farmhouse?

Come and see us and we might just tell you.