Visiting the house at Sizergh
Sizergh Castle 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.
The house is now closed until March, but there's lots of exciting work going on behind the scenes. Keep your eyes peeled in the new year for information about an exciting programme of Conservation in Action events.
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.
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
Connect with nature in Sizergh’s woodland, wetland and farmland. Find out about the wildlife you can spot while exploring this 1,600-acre estate.
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Whether you’re after a wild play area to let little legs run off some steam, a peaceful garden for a pram-friendly walk, or a children’s trail through a house filled with treasures, there’s something for all ages at Sizergh.
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