Explore the original Beatrix Potter Collection

Some of Beatrix Potter's belongings in Hill Top house, Cumbria

Beatrix Potter Gallery is home to the largest single collection of its namesake's published illustrations, so come and visit us to see her amazing work at first hand.


Our collection of Beatrix Potter's published illustrations star in our own exhibitions, as well as being loaned to others.

We also care for a huge range of other items which were her own personal possessions and were given to the National Trust on her death.


We have first editions of Beatrix's books including the first privately printed edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and the manuscripts for many of the stories. We're also proud of our correspondence collection including copies of some of the story letters she wrote to various children; family letters and letters relating to her farming activities.

Art work

We can show you original illustrations for 20 of the 23 little storybooks; in total over 700 watercolours, ink drawings and greetings cards designed by Beatrix.


The gallery houses photographs mostly taken by Beatrix Potter’s father and Rupert Potter but the collection also includes some by Beatrix Potter herself.

Hill Top and its contents

Naturally you can visit the house itself, its furniture and furnishings.

Merchandising is nothing new

Beatrix Potter was an astute businesswoman and knew the commercial potential of toys and games based on her characters. On show are early examples of this merchandise, including a fantastic early Peter Rabbit by Steiff.