Discover the garden at Hill Top

It's no surprise that Beatrix Potter's garden was a great inspiration to her. Follow in the footsteps, paws and claws of her favourite characters with a visit to her garden at Hill Top.

Up the garden path

Beatrix Potter liked the view up the garden path so much that she included it in two of her books: The Tale of Tom Kitten and the Tale of Pigling Bland. Imagine, as you walk, how you are following in the feet, paws and trotters of your favourite characters.

Beatrix Potter's illustration for the Tale of Tom Kitten featuring a view of Hill Top from the garden. / NT 243318
Watercolour, pen and ink / Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter's illustration for the Tale of Tom Kitten featuring a view of Hill Top from the garden. / NT 243318

The path is the ideal place to admire the informally planted flower beds. In the height of summer the beds are stuffed with flowers and vegetables, planted in the English cottage-garden style.

Through the door in the redbrick wall, you'll see the more formal vegetable garden and another lovely view of Hill Top house through the garden gate.

 

The Hill Top gardening challenge

Hill Top garden, although comparable in size to the gardens many of you have at home, welcomes well over 100,000 visitors each a year. As if that isn't challenge enough, Pete our gardener also strives to garden as organically as possible. 

Our very own 'Mr McGregor'

Garden trail for little Beatrix Potter fans 

Hill Top is an informal garden and to help amuse your children when you visit, we've set up a kids' garden trail with clues to discover. You might even like to try it yourself.

Upcoming events

Timed Entry to Hill Top (5 Dec - 6 Dec)

Sat 05 Dec 2020
10:30-11:00
Book your timed entry to visit Hill Top
Moss Eccles Tarn in the summer

Beatrix Potter's Moss Eccles Tarn walk

Follow this trail to one of Beatrix Potter's favourite places, Moss Eccles Tarn. This gentle walk takes you from the quiet village of Near Sawrey to Moss Eccles Tarn and then back via the village of Far Sawrey.