Highlights of the Lake District

Visitor taking photos in Hill Top Garden, Cumbria

Discover Hill Top farmhouse, home to Beatrix Potter, and a host of other fascinating places to visit in the area.

In a day:

Morning: Beatrix Potters Gallery and Hill Top 
Spend the morning discovering the office of Beatrix Potter’s husband, William Heelis, which now contains many of her original watercolours and sketches in this year’s exhibition. Then drive five minutes down the road and explore Hill Top, the delightful small farmhouse where she wrote many of her famous stories, kept exactly as she left it. 
Afternoon: Steam Yacht Gondola
Travel to Coniston and experience why Beatrix Potter loved the Lake District so much by booking a boat trip on ‘Gondola’, an original steam yacht that carries you on a trip across Coniston Water – the perfect way to view Coniston’s spectacular scenery. Hire the yacht exclusively for your group and book a buffet lunch to savour in its opulently decorated saloons. 

Turn your visit into a short break by adding:

  • a visit to the imposing medieval Sizergh Castle and Garden
  • Wordsworth House and Garden; the fine Georgian town house and childhood home of William Wordsworth. Book ‘The Daily Life of the Wordsworth’s’ tour and you’ll be greeted by his local servants who will give you a hands-on experience of the working kitchen, with food to sample

Stop en-route to the Lake District at:

  • Rufford Old Hall: view the Great Hall where William Shakespeare is believed to have performed, just 15 minutes off the M6
  • Little Moreton Hall: Cheshire’s crooked house, not far from Junction 17 of the M6