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Levens Hall & Gardens
VistEngland VAQASHistoric Houses Association Friends Scheme

Levens, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0PD, Tel: 015395 60321, Email

Levens Hall is an Elizabethan mansion built around a 13thC Pele tower. The much loved home of the Bagot family, visitors often comment on the warm and friendly atmosphere.

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  • Rail station: Oxenholme (6 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Kirklinton Hall
Historic Houses Association Friends SchemeSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Kirklinton, Carlisle, CA6 6BB, Tel: 01228 231045, Email

Beautifully atmospheric 17th Century country house ruin, built from the stone of the original 12th Century de Boyville castle. Family picnics, small cafe, special events, film and fashion shoots, corporate functions, parties and weddings.

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  • Rail station: Carlisle (6 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Askham Hall Gardens
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Askham, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2PF, Tel: 01931 712 350, Email

Take a stroll through our beautiful gardens with views of the River Lowther, visit our animals and enjoy something delicious in our Kitchen Garden Café.

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  • Rail station: Penrith (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Dalemain Historic House & Gardens
Historic Houses Association MemberHudsons Heritage Awards - WinnerMember of Cumbria Tourism

Dalemain, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0HB, Tel: 017684 86450, Email

Dalemain is a fine mixture of medieval, Tudor and early Georgian architecture. The imposing Georgian façade strikes the visitor immediately but in the cobbled courtyard the atmosphere of the north country Tudor manor is secure.

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  • Rail station: Penrith (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Holker Hall and Gardens

Cark in Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 7PL, Tel: 015395 58328, Email

Victorian stately home, set in 25 acres of stunning gardens and ancient deer park. Holker has its own cafe, brasserie, gift shop and food hall, and hosts an annual programme of special events.

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  • Rail station: Cark-in-Cartmel (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens

 
Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Underskiddaw, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QE, Tel: 017687 72287

A family-run historic house with strong literacy connections in a fantastic setting. Live piano music and children's quiz in house. Four woodland playgrounds, lakeside and poetry walks in the grounds. Excellent tearoom specialising in Cumbr

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  • Rail station: Penrith (20 miles)
  • Children welcome
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Beatrix Potter Gallery (Hawkshead)

 
National Trust

Main Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0NS, Tel: 015394 36355

Step inside this charming old building to enjoy an exhibition of Beatrix Potter's original drawings and watercolours.

 
 

Carlisle Cathedral

 
Healthy Eating Carlisle Award

The Abbey, Carlisle, CA3 8TZ, Tel: 01228 548151

The Cathedral, founded in 1122 and battered by centuries of Border warfare, was built for the glory of God, and services have been said and sung daily in it for nearly 900 years.

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  • Rail station: Carlisle (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 

Lanercost Priory

 

Lanercost, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2HQ, Tel: 01697 73030

Standing close to Hadrian's Wall, this beautiful 13C church stands to its full height and remains remarkably well-preserved.

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  • Rail station: Brampton (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 

Carlisle Castle

 
VistEngland VAQAS

Castle Way, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8UR, Tel: 01228 591922

Impressive and formidable, Carlisle Castle amply repays exploration of its absorbing 900-year history. Long commanding the especially turbulent western end of the Anglo-Scottish border, Carlisle has witness many conflicts and sieges.

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  • Rail station: Carlisle (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
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Swarthmoor Hall

 

Swarthmoor Hall Lane, Swarthmoor, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0JQ, Tel: 01229 583204

Swarthmoor Hall is a 16th Century country house (circa 1586) set in beautiful gardens and grounds in 130 acres of farmland, with views to neighbouring fells and close to the bustling market town of Ulverston.

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  • Rail station: Ulverston (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 

Muncaster Castle

 
VistEngland VAQASHistoric Houses Association Friends SchemeMember of Cumbria Tourism

Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ, Tel: 01229 717614

Home of the Penningtons for 800 years. Tour this glorious castle with an informative and free interactive wand.

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  • Rail station: Ravenglass (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

 
VistEngland VAQASAIM Cumbria

Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP, Tel: 01228 618718

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is an excellent choice for a great day out for all of the family.

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  • Rail station: Carlisle (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

 
English Heritage

Colton, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8AX, Tel: 0870 3331181

Near to the Lake District in Cumbria, this extensive working mill was begun in 1835.

 
 

Allan Bank

 
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9QZ, Tel: 015394 35143

Make yourself comfortable in the former home of National Trust Founder, Canon Rawnsley. Only partially restored and decorated, this isn’t a typical National Trust experience.

 
 
 

Hill Top

 
National Trust

Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0LF, Tel: 015394 36269

Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top.

 
 

Wordsworth House at Wordsworth House and Garden

 
VistEngland VAQASNational TrustMember of Cumbria TourismSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX, Tel: 01900 824805

A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

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  • Rail station: Maryport (6 miles)
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Brougham Hall

 

Brougham Hall, Brougham, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2DE, Tel: 01768 868184

This is a site of considerable historical interest from Bronze Age onwards. As part of the amenities of the hall for wedding receptions there is also a 1310 chapel.

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  • Rail station: Penrith (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

 

Town End, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH, Tel: 015394 35544

Explore the traditional Lakeland cottage and home of the famous poet William Wordsworth and discover what life was like at the turn of the 19th Century.

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  • Rail station: Windermere (8 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
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Cartmel Priory

 

Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6PH, Tel: 01539 536 261

Cartmel Priory was an Augustinian Priory founded on the rule of St Augustine. Monks would pray without ceasing.

 
 
 

St Ninian's Church, Brougham

 

Brougham, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2AD, Tel: 0207 8410414

A lovely church in a remote setting

 
 

Rydal Mount and Gardens

 

Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LU, Tel: 015394 33002

Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's best loved home for 37 years. Here he wrote many of his poems and revised and improved much of his earlier works including the Prelude and the famous 'Daffodils' poem.

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  • Rail station: Windermere (7 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 

Old Chancel, Ireby

 

Ireby, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA7 1HD, Tel: 0207 8410414

An old provider

 
 

St Gregory's Church, Vale of Lune

 

Marthwaite, Vale of Lune, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5ED, Tel: 0207 8410414

A railway church