Gardens to visit in the Lake District

Gardens that inspired literary greats Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, a riot of colour in castle grounds or an intriguing collection of culinary and medicinal herbs. The Lakes is known for dramatic country landscapes, but there are some fantastic gardens to explore, too.

A bee rests on a thistle in Wordsworth House garden

Drink in the shades of summer 

Stroll around the award-winning garden that sparked Wordsworth’s love of nature as the Derwent, his ‘fairest of all rivers’, gurgles by.

Herbaceous borders along the path leading to Hill Top, Sawrey, Cumbria

Beatrix Potter's garden

Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top with the royalties from the first of her little books, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. 100 years later, Head Gardener Pete Tasker is determined to return the tiny garden to the one Beatrix created.

Kitchen garden at Sizergh

Summer in Sizergh's gardens

As the spring months give way to summer, soak up the sights and smells of the new season and spend a lazy afternoon in the gardens.

The stunning summer flowers at Acorn Bank gardens

Acorn Bank's glorious gardens

Potter around gardens enclosed by 17th-century walls at Acorn Bank. We have the largest collection of culinary and medicinal herbs in any National Trust garden so come along and learn more about their properties. Don't forget to find our orchard too.

A family enjoying the sun on the lawn at Allan Bank in Grasmere

Explore the outdoors at Allan Bank

Enjoy the grounds of Allan Bank in every season with lawn games, woodland trails and picture-perfect picnic spots. See if you can spot one of our red squirrels.