Sizergh is opening the doors six days a week (inc Fridays and Saturdays)

Discovering the house at Sizergh

Sizergh Castle will be opening its doors to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays for the first time in its history, now closing on Mondays, except for Bank Holidays. There is also the Library newly open to visitors, and a fresh exhibition focusing on the picturesque.

New opening times for the Castle are:

Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 4pm until 29 October

The garden, café and shop are open daily 10am - 5pm

There is a new room to discover this year, with the Library open to visitors for the first time. It is a conservation themed space, telling the story of our wonderful Antony and Cleopatra tapestries, as well as allowing visitors the opportunity to discover the conservation techniques used to look after our collection.

Our House team will be hosting a series of conservation in action events in the house. Visitors can watch our staff and volunteers demonstrate the conservation techniques used to care for Sizergh's collections. Dates are 16 May, 6 June, 27 June and 18 July, with more to come later in the year.

The exhibition is Creating the Picturesque at Sizergh

The picturesque movement in the late 1700s was a defining moment for how landscape was understood and interpreted. It changed the lakes and mountains of Cumberland and Westmorland from a wild and untameable place, to one of natural beauty and sublime inspiration.

Thomas West, a celebrated Jesuit priest, helped to lay the foundations for the picturesque pioneers who came after him. He had strong links with the Catholic Strickland family, and spent his later years here at Sizergh. Visitors can learn more about him and the picturesque in the exhibition and around the house.

Thomas West partly wrote his book ‘A guide to the Lakes’ during his time here at Sizergh. His writings, and those of his contemporaries, opened the Lakes to a new audience, a legacy felt to this day in the Lake District National Park.