Atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories


Things to see and do

Beatrix Potter illustration and modern day photo showing a scene in Hawkshead village

Where next? 

There's a new exhibition at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead. The original artwork included in this year’s exhibition features scenes which have changed little since Beatrix Potter arrived on her first Lake District holiday in 1882.


What's on

Upcoming events

Guided Tours

Sat 22 Sep 2018
Want to find out how you can 'burn a candle at both ends' and how the crafty chambermaid outwitted the rich merchant? Then join one of our tours, every open day at 11am and 12 noon. Places limited.

Talk - Life at Townend

Sun 23 Sep 2018
Townend in 1700 was a lively and prosperous house for Ben Browne, his family and servants. come find out more about everyday life in the early 1700s, based on original source documents from the family archive.

A Taste of Townend

Thu 27 Sep 2018
The Brownes' family recipe book is full of great recipes, from meaty mince pies and macaroons to medicines dating back to the 17th century. We'll be cooking all afternoon where we'll recreate some of the recipes.

Autumn nature trail

Sat 20 Oct 2018
Explore the garden this autumn and find out more about the creatures living here as they prepare to hibernate for winter. What will they eat and where do they live?



Get involved

Volunteer at Townend in Cumbria

Volunteer at Townend 

Townend is full of quirky objects and fascinating stories, we’re looking for volunteers to help us bring these stories to life. If you are enthusiastic, enjoy meeting people and working as part of a team, then why not give it a try? We are looking for Room Guides.


Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Townend on the National Trust Collections website