Important notice -

Townend will reopen on Wednesday 19 May. Booking is recommended to guarantee entry.

Atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories

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What's on

Please book ahead before visiting 

Townend will reopen from Wednesday 19 May. To guarantee entry please book in advance. However, where space is available, pre-booking may not always be necessary. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday, we're looking forward to welcoming you back.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Townend (23 June - 25 June)

Wed 23 Jun 2021
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Visiting Townend

We have made a few changes to how things work at Townend, to ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Here's film to give you an idea of what to expect from your visit this year.


Things to see and do

A William Longmire watercolor at Townend

NEW FOR 2021 - William Taylor Longmire exhibition 

Discover the life and work of William Taylor Longmire in our first ever art exhibition. The work of this self-taught farmer’s son tells an extraordinary story of Lakeland life, poverty and tourism at the end of the 19th century.



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.


Art and collections

Our collections

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