Dalemain House & Gardens


Dalemain Historic House and Gardens, home to the annual “World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival”, is a fine stately home with a beautiful Georgian facade of dressed pink stone. It stands in 5 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland, and both the house and the gardens are open to the public.


image of dalemain historic house and gardens looking through hawthorn trees at penrith

The first thing you’ll discover about Dalemain is that it is not quite what it seems. A defensive  pele tower was constructed here in the 12th century. A hall was built onto the tower converting it into a manor house. During Elizabeth I’s reign, two wings were added to the hall. The impressive Georgian Facade is just that – a facade added to the Elizabethan part of the house in the middle of the 18th century.


Little is known of the early history of the building until it was bought in 1680 by Sir Edward Hasell, the steward of Lady Anne Clifford. The Hasell family has lived here ever since. In a small room in the pele tower are various pictures and objects associated with Lady Anne, including the last volume of her diary.


image of an aerial view of dalemain historic house and gardens at penrith in cumbria

Some parts of the house are a glorious confusion of winding passages, quaint stairways, unexpected rooms – the sort of house children love to play in. Part of the charm of Dalemain is that it is still very much a family home, still occupied by the same family who have lived here for more than 300 years.


Dalemain has its fair share of grand public rooms, including the Chinese Room, with its original hand-painted wallpaper, furniture and fittings. You will find many examples of fine furniture and portraits.


image of the gardens at dalemain historic house at penrith in cumbria

The house is complemented by its magnificent park. The gardens have many rare plants and over 100 old-fashioned roses. Near the fountain behind the house stands a Greek Fir, the biggest of its kind in the UK. There are also some old Walnut trees, some fine Spanish Chestnuts and a 200 year old Tulip tree.

Visitor Information

There is a Medieval Hall Tearoom and a gift shop with antiques & plant sales, and three museums within the grounds.
Dalemain is one of the gardens in Cumbria with free entry for RHS Members at specific times of the year.
2018 Opening Hours – dalemain.com/opening-times
2018 Admission –
House & Gardens: Adults: £11.75, Senior Citizens £9.75 & U’16’s free
Gardens Only: Adults: £8.75, Senior Citizens £8.25 & U’16’s free

Penrith, CA11 0HB. Tel 017684 86450. E-mail : admin@dalemain.com
Website: www.dalemain.com

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