Visiting Sizergh: What you need to know

sizergh spring

Sizergh's house, garden, café, shop and countryside estate are open. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what to expect when you arrive.

In the house

New for 2022 is an exhibition in the Tower Basement: One Place, One Family, 800 Years. You'll hear more about the Strickland family who have lived here for 800 years and see centuries-old documents and drawings from the family's personal archives on display for the first time. The house is open Wednesday to Sunday, 12-3.30pm. 

In the garden

Spring has finally arrived and new bursts of colour are appearing in the garden every day. We've put together a list of highlights to look out for at this time of year. Picnic benches are available next to the orchard and don't forget to keep an eye out for our garden cat Charlie, sunbathing in the Kitchen Garden on a sunny day. Dogs are not allowed in the formal gardens but are welcome on leads in the parkland, in the cafe, shop and visitor centre.

On the estate

Sizergh's estate spans 1600-acres and is full of rare wildlife, ancient trees and far-reaching views. Pick up a map from Reception before setting off on a walk - there are three waymarked routes available, or you can access two of our walks online here:

Sizergh’s wildlife walk

Sizergh to Park End Moss wetland

For families

The wild play area is the perfect place for children to run off some energy - it can be found just off the car park and is free to enter. Over Easter we also have the Spring Adventure children's activity sheet, which features nature-themed activities to try in the gardens and parkland. This is also free. 

What's on at National Trust places in the Lake District this spring (PDF / 2.9MB) download

Facilities

The 1600 acre parkland, house, gardens, shop, café and wild play area are open. 

Toilets can be found in the visitor centre and off the main path en route to the gardens. These include a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.

There are picnic tables available for your use in the car park and next to the orchard. Please just remember to take your rubbish home with you.

If you are a National Trust member, please remember to scan your membership card at the parking machine, and non-members will need to pay (coins only).

Accessibility

There are nine designated parking bays for disabled visitors in the main car park. These are on a firm, tarmac surface and are closest to the garden entrance. 

A disabled toilet can be found on the right hand side of the path leading down to the garden from the visitor centre.

Essential Companion card – The Essential Companion card makes it simple to bring one or two carers or companions with you, free of charge. Just show the card when you arrive, and your carer(s) or companion(s) won’t need to pay an entry fee. If you don’t have an Essential Companion card, you can still bring carers or companions for free – the card just makes it quicker and simpler for you.

Upcoming events

Guided Walk: Sizergh Fell

Mon 23 May 2022
11:00-13:00
Enjoy a 1.5 mile guided walk on Sizergh’s farmed estate.

Guided Walk: Helsington Church

Mon 23 May 2022
13:30-15:30
Enjoy a 1.5 mile guided walk through ancient trees and historic landscape.

Guided walk: Summer at Sizergh

Tue 24 May 2022
11:00-14:30
The delights of Sizergh change with the seasons, so join our volunteers to discover summer on the estate.

Red Rose Woodturners, 26-30 July

Tue 26 Jul 2022
10:00-16:00
Watch as the wood turners demonstrate their craft and enjoy the opportunity to take home original, hand-crafted pieces.

One Place, One Family, 800 Years

Sun 30 Oct 2022
12:00-15:30
A new exhibition in the Tower Basement uncovers the history of the Strickland family who have lived here for 800 years.