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Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse: a time-capsule of her life

Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top. Full of her favourite things, this house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'tale'.

The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Make your way up the garden path to the front door and see for yourself why Beatrix loved this place. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, she used Hill Top itself and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her subsequent books.

Hill Top is a small house and a timed-ticket system is in operation to avoid overcrowding and to protect the interior. Hill Top can be very busy and visitors may sometimes have to wait to enter the house.

Please note: tickets cannot be booked in advance and early sell-outs are possible.

Extra summer openings

Throughout the summer we’re opening up the house on Fridays, to give you more chances to visit. The house will be open from 10am until 3.30pm with the last admission at 3pm. The additional open days are: 

  • Friday 31 July
  • Friday 7,14, 21 & 28 August. 

Room sneak preview

Take a 'virtual tour' around the bedroom in the house, before your visit for real.

Peek inside and imagine how peaceful it must have been for Beatrix to come here - so different from her home in busy, noisy London.

In full bloom

A classic summer view of Hill Top garden and house

A classic summer view of Hill Top garden and house

Hill Top's traditional country garden is the perfect partner to the house and its looking at it's best at this time of year. Stroll through the summer borders, peer into the vegetable patch or children can try the trail. Whatever you do, Hill Top garden is sure to make a lasting impression.

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