The Beatrix Potter Gallery

: Hawkshead

The Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead is one of the National Trust‘s more unusual properties in that it has an interesting link with Beatrix Potter herself.

The Beatrix Potter Gallery at Hawkshead
image of the exterior of the Beatrix Potter Gallery at Hawkshead in the Lake District

The 17th Century building, which was once the office of her husband, local solicitor William Heelis, has remained largely unaltered since his day. The Gallery houses an annually changing exhibition of a selection of Beatrix Potter’s original drawings and illustrations.


Beatrix Potter was however much more than a gifted artist and author. She was, without question, a determined preserver of her beloved Lake District and a great believer in the aims of the fledgling National Trust, bequeathing her numerous farms and land to the Trust in 1943.

An exhibition new for 2019 is titled “Telling Tales”, looking at what Beatrix Potter’s tales mean to different people and how they hold such an enduring charm.
Storytelling at the Beatrix Potter Gallery
image of storytelling at the Beatrix Potter Gallery at Hawkshead in the Lake District
You can hear tales read from Beatrix Potter’s books, in the room that was her husband’s office. Selected afternoons in the school holidays.
Interactive touch-screens bring to life her childhood collections cabinet.
Main St, Hawkshead, LA22 0NS. Tel: 015394 36355.
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Opening hours 2019 – Gallery 10.30 to 16.00 every day up to the 28th October. The shop remains open in the winter months.
Admission 2019 – Adult £6.80 / Child £3.40 / Family £17.00 / Group Adult (min 8) £6.00

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