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Visiting the house at Sizergh

Visitors in the Dining Room at Sizergh, Cumbria
Visitors in the Dining Room at Sizergh, Cumbria | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Sizergh has been home to the Strickland family for 800 years. Unearth their story through Sizergh’s rare Elizabethan artistry and diverse collection of over 2,400 objects.

Please note, Sizergh will be closed for three days, on 20, 21 and 22 May. This is to enable us to carry out urgent resurfacing works on the drive.

This year, there's an exciting programme of Conservation in Action events happening in the House, as well as a thought-provoking installation in the Drawing Room.

Last entry into the House is at 3:15pm.

The Inlaid Chamber at Sizergh

The Inlaid Chamber features some of the finest-quality, and most visually striking, Elizabethan joinery to survive in the north of England. A rare masterpiece of heraldic stained-glass windows, ornate plasterwork and elaborate inlaid panelling, it was a sign of the political aspirations and wealth of Sizergh’s original Tudor owners.

Flemish tapestries in the Library

The Library houses a set of rare wall hangings depicting The Meeting of Antony and Cleopatra – based on the famous stories of Plutarch, and later, Shakespeare. They are the largest surviving examples from this series in the world. In 2018, we were successful in our bid to fund the tapestry considered to be in most urgent need, The Meeting of Antony and Cleopatra. The funding was allocated, with a gift from a will providing the funding to kick off the project.

The tapestry was away for two years, undergoing extensive restoration including cleaning, restitching, relining, and specialist treatment to restore its colour. It returned to Sizergh in 2022, and now hangs in pride of place in the Library.

None of this work would have been possible without a generous gift in will, which provided funding for the early stages of the restoration project. We are also hugely grateful to the Wolfson Foundation, who kindly supported the later stages which saw the project completed.

Visitors in the Dining Room at Sizergh, Cumbria
Visitors in the dining room | © National Trust Images/John Millar

The collection at Sizergh

Each of the 2,400 items that makes up the collection at Sizergh gives a glimpse back in time, telling the story of the family’s faith, tastes and even royal connections.

You’ll come across many generations of family portraits as you explore the property. Cumbrian-born George Romney, one of the most fashionable artists of his day, painted some of them. You can also get up close to rare Jacobite relics and the Catholic Royal Stuart portrait collection, which hangs in the family dining room.

With items varying from Australian boomerangs, shields and spears to a lock of King James II’s hair, discover the weird and wonderful items at Sizergh. Here are some favourites:

  • The ceramic fishbowl
  • The Antony and Cleopatra tapestry
  • The crucifixion painting
  • The court cupboard
Visitors in the Drawing Room at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria
Visitors in the Drawing Room at Sizergh Castle | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
Detail of the spinet made by John Player, late c.17th; in walnut case at Sizergh, Cumbria

Sizergh's collections

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

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