Assistance dogs only
In Hawkshead village car park, not National Trust.
300 yards, in village, not National Trust.
Take the B5286 from Ambleside (4 miles); or the B5285 from Coniston (5 miles).
Parking: There is parking 300 yards away (pay and display), not National Trust.
The nearest train station is in Windermere, you can catch a bus from there, see below for more details.
Stagecoach in Cumbria 505 from Windermere train station to Coniston, via Hawkshead.
Take the car ferry from Ferry Nab in Bowness across Windermere to Ferry Head.
The Beatrix Potter Gallery is closed in 2024.
A two-bedroom cottage just above Tarn Hows with heaps of character in the heart of the Lakes.
This comfortable lakeside retreat on the west shore of Windermere has its own jetty directly outside the cottage.
A two-bedroom lakeside retreat on the shores of Windermere with its own jetty.
A cosy house in the old kitchen garden of Wray Castle with views of stunning scenery all around.
Lakeside or mountain-view pitches for tents and campervans, along with pre-pitched tents and pods, on Windermere, England’s biggest lake.
Get up close to Beatrix Potter’s original illustrations of her most beloved characters and discover more about one of the Lake District’s most famous residents. The gallery tells the fascinating story of Beatrix’s journey from children’s author to passionate Lake District conservationist.
Housed in a 17th century building in the centre of Hawkshead which was once the solicitor’s office where William Heelis, Beatrix’s husband, worked, the Beatrix Potter Gallery celebrates the artistic talents and incredible legacy of one of Britain’s most well-known authors.
For a perfect day out, why not follow in Beatrix Potter's footsteps to Hill Top, then spend time outdoors? Hawkshead village is an excellent base for exploring the countryside that inspired Beatrix and many other artists, authors and poets.
Discover how Beatrix Potter’s Victorian upbringing and fascination with animals culminated in a successful career as an author and illustrator and a passion for conservation.