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.

Family exploring the stumpery at Sizergh

A garden for every season at Sizergh

Winter is here at Sizergh, frost sits on the winter kale in the Kitchen Garden. The brightly coloured cornus stems sing out from the lakeside and can be seen from the driveway approach.

View up the garden path at Hill Top in spring

Discover the garden at Hill Top

Explore the informal flower beds and kitchen gardens once loved by Beatrix Potter and the inspiration for many of her tales.

Heritage roses in Wordsworth House garden

Wordsworth's garden returns to its former glory

Despite suffering severe flooding last December, the garden that inspired a poet is back to its glorious best. But don’t just take our word for it – come and see for yourself.

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.

Woodland at Allan Bank in Grasmere

Explore the grounds

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.