Discover the house

The Strickland family home

Step inside this medieval manor steeped in history; you'll discover beautiful and unique items collected over eight centuries by 26 generations of the same family. The Stricklands have lived at Sizergh since the 13th century and still reside here today. The house is open Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm-3.30pm (closed Monday and Tuesday, except for bank holidays).

Highlights from the collection

As you make your way through the house, you’ll come across many generations of family portraits, including a treasured collection painted by Cumbrian born George Romney – the most fashionable artist of his day.

Don’t miss the Elizabethan inlaid Chamber, made with pale poplar and dark bog-oak, inlaid with floral and geometric patterns – one of the finest panelled rooms in Europe and the jewel in Sizergh’s crown.

You’ll also get up close to rare Jacobite relics, intricate fine carved oak panelling and the impressive Catholic Royal Stuart portrait collection – a stunning curation which hangs in the family dining room.

'Charles Strickland with fishing rod', by George Romney, has only recently returned to Sizergh after being sold at auction in the late 1800s
Visitor looking at the Romney painting
'Charles Strickland with fishing rod', by George Romney, has only recently returned to Sizergh after being sold at auction in the late 1800s

 

New for 2022 – One Place, One Family, 800 Years

Enjoy this new exhibition featuring a short film in the Tower Basement following the current head of the Strickland family – Henry – into the private family archives. To accompany the film are a selection of historical documents on display for the first time. These feature in the film and range from the family’s origins – the marriage certificate of William De Stirkeland and Elizabeth Deincourt in 1239 – to a document from King Edward II detailing the military service granted by Sir Thomas De Stirkeland.

These fragile paper records survive in part due to the work of Thomas West (author of ‘A Guide to the Lakes’) who lived at Sizergh in the 18th century to transcribe, collate and preserve the family’s documents.   

The exhibition is open 12pm-3.30pm, Weds to Sun (plus Bank Holiday Mondays) and runs until 30 October. 

A shot of the collection items accompanying the exhibition film in the Tower Basement
sizergh portrait

View Sizergh's collection online

If you can't make it here to visit us, you can view the items in Sizergh's collection here (please note, not everything is on display if you do visit).