Lowther Castle & Gardens

This is probably our favourite place to visit and it’s only 20 minutes away. Despite being a ruin the castle itself is a striking monument to its incredibly rich and diverse history. You can find out all about it in the museum and then explore the beautiful gardens which are gradually being restored to their former glory. There is also a wonderful children’s play area, estate walks and cycle trails and the courtyard café serves delicious meals, drinks and snacks.


Hutton in the Forest 

Located north of Penrith, this historic house dates from medieval times and together with its delightful gardens is well worth a visit. It hosts a number of events throughout the year including a music festival and a ceramics festival!


Levens Hall

This impressive Elizabethan house is located 5 miles south of Kendal and boasts the world’s oldest topiary garden and some spectacular herbaceous borders.


Dalemain House & Gardens

Striking mansion house just north of Pooley Bridge set in five acres of gardens. Discover the history of the house spanning four centuries and explore the impressive gardens and parkland. It is also home to the World’s Original Marmalade Festival!