Atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories


Things to see and do

The original firestove at Townend

Making the most of your visit to Townend 

The house is open Wednesday – Sunday (March to October) from 1–4pm for all visitors. We offer guided tours at 11am and 12noon with limited spaces on a first-come first-served basis. The small garden, with benches to sit, eat a picnic and enjoy the view is open every day from 10am. So when is the best time to visit?



An 'upcycled' wardrobe chest in the Housekeeper's room at Townend

Conserving and re-displaying Lucy Browne's wedding dress

Over the winter of 2017/18 we worked on cleaning and re-displaying Lucy Browne's silk 1832 wedding dress. this was naturally a very fragile piece and has had some natural damage over the years from light and atmospheric pollutants. Here you can see the process we took to clean and re-display it in a way which will give the dress the best possible support and environment for the future.


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