Skip to content

'Yours sincerely, Beatrix Potter'

Illustration from Beatrix Potter's 'The Tailor of Gloucester'
Illustration from Beatrix Potter's 'The Tailor of Gloucester' at Nymans this Christmas. | © Image courtesy of Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd.

***This exhibition has now closed*** Upstairs in the Gallery you'll find a family-friendly exhibition offering a glimpse into Beatrix Potter’s early career. Downstairs play at dressing up and puzzles for young children, visit the play glade and bring your dog with you every afternoon between 1.30pm and 4pm until Sunday 12 February.

Illustrator to Author

Starting out as an illustrator of greetings cards, Beatrix Potter's later success was as a beloved children’s author before she returned to illustration for charitable endeavours.

Letters from Beatrix to her publisher pick up the story after the initial success of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and, alongside drawings and dummy manuscripts, chart the development of the next books in the much-loved series, The Tailor of Gloucester and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, both first commercially published by Frederick Warne in 1903.

Picture shows props from the exhibition of Beatrix Potter in the Gallery at Nymans
The Beatrix Potter exhibition runs at Nymans until the spring. | © National Trust / Gary Cosham

Your visit

The exhibition is open daily until Sunday 5 February between 11am and 3.30pm with last entry at 3pm. You’ll find the Gallery upstairs in the house, accessible by stairway.

A collection of Beatrix’s charity Christmas cards and artworks are also on display and kindly on loan from the Warne Archive and the Ross Family Collection.

For families

The exhibition is family-friendly and there’s lots to keep little minds engaged with interactive activities alongside the exhibits. Settle down in the book corner with one of Beatrix's loveable tales or head downstairs and try out dressing up and puzzles for young children.

Wrap up warm on wintery days and visit the Play Glade next to the second-hand bookshop. You'll find woodland-inspired play activities and the space to run around and let off some energy.

Bring your dog.

Daily between 1.30pm and 4pm you are welcome to visit Nymans with your favourite furry friend. We'll even give them a dog treat to make their visit special too. Just visit our reception team on either arrival or departure.

The Forecourt Garden at Nymans, West Sussex in June

Discover more at Nymans

Find out when Nymans is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

Nymans looking towards the house from the rock garden

Visiting Nymans garden 

Romantic ruins, intimate gardens and internationally recognised plant collections all set against a backdrop of woodland and far-reaching views.

Exploring Comer Woods at Dudmaston, Shropshire

Explore Nymans’ woodlands and wider estate 

Nymans’ ancient woodland is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), nature reserve and home to a variety of plants and wildlife. Here’s what to look out for.

Dogs head as it sits and waits for treats that a hand is taking from a packet

Visiting Nymans with your dog 

Whatever the weather you can enjoy winding paths and wide avenues with colourful views across the woodland or towards the South Downs. Until 31 January 2024 (inclusive) dogs are welcome in the garden between 1.30pm and 4pm. When visiting the woods, please keep dogs on leads and stay on paths to protect nesting birds. Nymans is a one pawprint rated place.