Welcome to Beatrix Potter's Hill Top in 2021

Fire in the kitchen range at Hill Top house, Cumbria

Welcome to Hill Top - we're thrilled to be opening the front door. Booking is essential at weekends, school holidays and bank holidays. Where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking isn't always necessary, however if you do not book we cannot guarantee admission.

Staying safe

For the first time advance booking is now available for Hill Top house. This means you can pre-book your time slot, know you’re guaranteed entry

To help keep everyone safe, please follow the latest guidance on your visit. And look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. Face coverings are not compulsory but we recommend that you wear one in any area of your visit which is enclosed and crowded. 

Visit the 'What's On' section of the website to book your tickets in advance. 

You can still get close to the collection

As soon as you step inside Hill Top, you are surrounded by Beatrix Potter's own belongings and items she carefully chose to leave here, bringing her personality to life in each room, cupboard and with each piece of furniture. 

You'll spot many familiar scenes from her much loved tales as you make your way around; smaller visitors will enjoy the challenge of matching up illustrations from The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, to real scenes which can still be spotted throughout the house today. 

The spirit of Hill Top

As we have all been enjoying getting closer to nature over the last year, we want to invite you to stop and consider the small things on your visit to Hill Top.  See how nature seems to be everywhere, even trying to get in through the windows as the rose claws up the front of the house and taps on the glass.

" The flowers love the house, they try to come in! House leek grows on the window sills and ledges; wisteria climbs the wall, clematis chokes the spout casings … But nothing more sweet than the old pink cabbage rose that peeps in at the small paned windows."
- Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter saw the beauty and detail in everything – from the way the snowdrops popped up everywhere in the garden to the way the sunlight bounced off the old panes of glass in the upstairs windows.

Mindful moments

Take your time to spot the details and appreciate this special place as Beatrix did. Giving yourself a breather, just for a moment, has been proven to help wellbeing and bring peace.

Details in the garden:

  • Follow in Beatrix’s footsteps up the uneven garden path and feel the Cumbrian slate beneath your feet
  • Connect with nature as you notice the buds coming into life in the borders and be inspired by quotes hidden around the garden
  • Hear the animals on the farm and the buzz of the tractor; Hill Top is still a working farm today
Discover what is in bloom in the gardens at Hill Top
A couple stand by the green gate in the garden at Hill Top
Discover what is in bloom in the gardens at Hill Top

Details in the house

  • Hear the fire cracking and appreciate it’s warmth when you step in out of the Cumbrian weather

  • Listen to the clock ticking in the kitchen

  • Notice how everything in the house is slightly out of line; part of Hill Top’s charm is that the house slants and leans, you will struggle to find a flat surface

 

A view of Hill Top, Cumbria, home of Beatrix Potter

Visiting Hill Top: What you need to know

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Hill Top this autumn. Here are some top tips to help you plan your day.