Posted Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 by

It’s now a perfect time of year to discover the Lake District’s magnificent landscaped gardens.  There are many to see but we would like to share with you some of our favourites.

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle Gardens and World Owl Centre is one of the best places to visit in the Lake District for a fun family day out! Discover the extensive Gardens, blessed with breathtaking views all year round and famed for their rhododendrons (best during March – June). Relish the 77 acres of 18th Century Gardens with miles of pathways meandering through the woods.

Enjoy the historic ‘haunted’ Castle and the fascinating World Owl Centre. Be amazed by seeing more than 200 owls of over 50 species and don’t miss the Meet the Birds display which takes place daily.

Holker Hall

Step back in time and escape from the hustle and bustle of modern day living. Absorb the atmosphere of the family home of the Cavendish’s.

Feel the world famous Holker lime -one of the great trees of Britain. Hear the wind in the trees, in the magical garden. See the stunning views of fells and rolling parkland – the reason why the hall was a so beloved retreat by the Dukes of Devonshire as a counterpoint to Chatsworth’s grandeur.

Families – fly your kite in the park, roam through the gardens, hide and seek in the bushes…look out for our wonderful fancy foul. Swing, slide and climb in our playground then sample the wonderful, wholesome foods in the café.

Levens Hall

Levens Hall and Gardens is a family home situated on the southern edges of the Lake District.

Stroll amongst the world famous Topiary Gardens which date from1694. Colourful seasonal bedding and fine herbaceous borders make the scene change with the seasons. Families can explore the playground and living willow Labyrinth.

Admire the fine furniture, oak paneling and plasterwork of this Elizabethan manor. See the family stories unfold; you may even encounter one of the resident ghosts.


When entering Blackwell, one of Britain’s finest Arts & Crafts houses, you will be seeing the very details that the Holt family would have seen over 100 years ago. Look out over the gardens and Lake Windermere to the same magnificent Lake District views and experience the tranquil atmosphere the family would have loved.

Designed by M H Baillie Scott, Blackwell was built between 1898 and 1900 as a holiday retreat for Sir Edward Holt, a wealthy Manchester brewery owner. The house survives in a truly remarkable state of preservation retaining almost all of its original decorative features. Sit and soak up the atmosphere in Blackwell’s fireplace inglenooks and enjoy the house as it was originally intended, without roped-off areas.

The gardens were laid out in a series of terraces to achieve the best views of Lake Windermere from the house. Enjoy morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea on the flower-bordered terrace, one of the loveliest outdoor places anywhere in England.

Blackwell is more than a heritage attraction, several of its rooms are used as galleries, and exhibitions exploring different aspects of the Arts & Crafts Movement and of contemporary craft are held all year round.

Rydal Mount

Enjoy visiting an independent family home of one of the world’s famous poets – William Wordsworth.

Rydal Mount and gardens is now the family home of the poets direct descendants and has established itself as a world famous attraction.

Wordsworth was a “man of nature” and his beautiful self-landscaped gardens reflect his poetry and his romantic attitude.

The garden has recently been shown to be still very close to the poet’s original design and is the only property where you can see the largest lake – Windermere, and the smallest lake – Rydal Water.

Experience the house and garden and relax with tea, coffee and homemade cakes in the tearoom or enjoy quiet moments in the magic garden.

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And don’t forget, after your busy day exploring, the Beech Hill Hotel gardens are a perfect place to relax and unwind and watch the sun go down.

Nicola Barnes

Assistant Manager

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