Things to see & do

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Kids' stuff

Looking for clues

We have plenty to keep the kids entertained this summer.

Let them tackle the Townend quiz as you follow one of our guided tours, and look out for interesting objects on the kids' trail as you explore the house. Outdoors they can play traditional games and have a go at the scavenger hunt around our cottage garden. 

A taste of Townend

Weâ¿¿re recreating 17th century recipes every Thursday

Head to the downhouse on Thursday afternoons to help us as we recreate recipes from Elizabeth Birkett's 17th century hand-written recipe book. 

Now we have the range restored we can cook things in the oven, so there's a whole new set of recipes for us to tackle.  

Don't forget to...

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

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.