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Booking your visit to Hill Top

Autumn gate at Hill Top
Autumn gate at Hill Top | © Peter Tasker

PLEASE NOTE: HILL TOP IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. THE SHOP AND GARDEN ARE OPEN WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 10 - 3 UNTIL 15 DECEMBER, NO PRE BOOKING REQUIRED. THE HOUSE, SHOP AND GARDEN WILL RE-OPEN ON 10 FEBRUARY 2024. We look forward to welcoming you to Hill Top. Tickets are available via our online booking system. We recommend that you book tickets to guarantee entry to Hill Top and can only accept walk ups where there is capacity to do so - find out more about booking here.

How to book

Every Thursday we'll release new bookings and you can now book up to two weeks in advance. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot if we have availability. We strongly recommend that you pre-book your tickets to guarantee your entry. We will accept walk up bookings when we have capacity to do so.

  • Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay.
  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket.
  • You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
  • The timeslot is for your arrival time only.
  • Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale.
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.
  • Please contact 0344 249 1895 for booking enquiries.

For group booking enquiries and school bookings please contact More information on school visits can be found in our Teacher Information Pack available here.

Book your visit

Check availability and book your visit to Hill Top

Changing your booking

If you set up an account when you made your booking, you will be able to amend the date/time of your booking online up to 24 hours before the date of your visit, or by calling 0344 249 1895

If you are a member and can no longer attend, please let us know by giving us a call on 0344 249 1895

When you arrive

When you arrive at Hill Top, please make your way to the visitor reception building, located in the car park, to check in before entering the house.

Arriving By Car

Take the B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside (6 miles), or the B5285 from Coniston (7 miles).

There is parking available for 30 cars (including the disabled parking spaces) on site. Parking is free but the spaces do fill up quickly at peak times. The car park is small so please don't arrive before your timeslot.

Please find a parking space on arrival then make your way to the visitor reception building in the corner of the car park.

There are two designated disabled parking spaces in the main car park. Special drop off by the house can be arranged, please contact Hill Top to discuss your requirements.

Arriving by ferry

The Windermere vehicle ferry operates a cross lake service from Ferry Nab at Bowness for £1 per pedestrian per journey.

More information about the ferry service

Hop across the lake then follow the signs to Hill Top and Far Sawrey. It’s a 2 mile path requiring a basic level of fitness, but is an idea way to catch a glimpse of the countryside that inspired Beatrix. As part of the route is on the road it may not be suitable for all.

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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.

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Things to do in Hill Top garden 

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.

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The Hill Top shop has a variety of gifts inspired by Beatrix Potter and her life in the Lake District.