Opening times for 8 December 2023
Asset Opening time House Closed Garden 10:00 - 15:00 Shop 10:00 - 15:00
Please note pre-booking is required for everyone to guarantee entry to Hill Top House & Garden.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Assistance dogs only
Assistance dogs only in the house. Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden.
Unfortunately there is no wheelchair or step free access to the upper floor of the house. A video of the upstairs rooms are available on a tablet. Some steps into and out of the garden and uneven surfaces. Braille & large print guides are available from house entrance. Tactile tour available also. Please ask at house front door if you would like this. Ramp available for shop entrance. Ear defenders are available if you'd like to use them.
Take the B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside (6 miles), or the B5285 from Coniston (7 miles).
Parking: If coming by car or cycle, please use our main car park. Car park closed at 17.30. Not suitable for camper vans/mobile homes.
There is an off-road path from the Windermere car ferry (2 miles), marked along the route. There is also a route (mostly off-road) from Hawkshead (2 miles).
The nearest train station is in Windermere, 4½ miles away via vehicle ferry. You can catch a bus from here, see below for more details.
You can get a Stagecoach bus to Hawkshead from Ambleside or Coniston and walk to us from there. The distance between Hawkshead and Hill Top is approximately 2.2 miles, so approximately a 45 minute walk. The seasonal Cross Lakes Shuttle is currently suspended.
2 miles from the Windermere Ferry drop off on the west shore of the lake. Once disembarking follow the waymarked path to Hill Top, approximately 2 miles.
Windermere Lake Cruise Boat
Shuttle service from the heart of Bowness village to the western shore of Windermere (April - October): https://www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk/cruises-fares/bowness-to-ferry-house-cross-lakes-shuttle Once disembarked, follow the way marked path to Hill Top, approximately 2 miles.
Beatrix Potter's farmhouse retreat: the inspiration for her little books. Full of her favourite things, it was the place that inspired her stories and her love for the Lake District.
Informal flower beds planted in the English cottage-garden style, with flowers and vegetables. Look out for scenes from Beatrix Potter's little white books.
Joey's Café (independently run)
Cosy coffee cabin in Beatrix Potter’s orchard, serving baked goods, savoury snacks, locally roasted coffee, teas and hot chocolate.
A small treasure trove of unique products. Every penny that you spend in our shop helps us to look after Hill Top for everyone, for ever.
Second Hand Bookshop
Pre-loved hardbacks, paperbacks, magazines and children's books for sale in the Ticket Office Second-Hand Bookshop. All money raised goes directly back into looking after Hill Top.
See Beatrix Potter’s house as she wanted you to see it. It’s filled with her belongings and you can match up illustrations from her books with scenes there today.
Discover Beatrix Potter's garden, restored to how it was in her time, with the carefully tended vegetable plot and views of the pretty cottage garden from the famous path.
Sitting on the western shore of Lake Windermere this first floor apartment is a cosy retreat.
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 two-bedroom cottage just above Tarn Hows with heaps of character in the heart of the Lakes.
Lakeside or mountain-view pitches for tents and campervans, along with pre-pitched tents and pods, on Windermere, England’s biggest lake.
Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top. Full of her favourite things, it was the place that inspired her stories and her love for the Lake District.
The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Make your way up the garden path to the front door and see for yourself why Beatrix loved this place. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, she used Hill Top itself and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her subsequent books.
Advanced booking is required to guarantee entry to the House & Garden. Tickets go on sale each Thursday and you can book two weeks in advance. See 'What's On' to book online. Please contact 0344 2491895 for booking queries.