Things to see & do

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Give it a go

Every Thursday

We're recreating some of Elizabeth Birkett's best recipes in the farmhouse kitchen every Thursday afternoon.

Have go at cooking one of her 17th-century recipes yourself, these Bean Cakes are particularly good.

For the kids

Looking for clues!

Make the most of your time at Townend and explore George Browne’s garden.

Pick up a garden trail and see if you can spot everything on there, go on a scavenger hunt or play with our traditional toys.

Don't forget to...

  • Have a go at making a new rag rug, using traditional techniques
  • 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.