Levens Hall and Gardens


Levens Hall, near Kendal, is a magnificent Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th Century pele tower, which was expanded and rebuilt towards the end of the 16th Century. Both the Hall and the gardens are open to the public.


image of the facade of levens hall, kendal, and the topiary garden

Levens Hall is the family home of the Bagots, whose family have been in continual ownership for over 400 years. It contains a collection of Jacobean furniture, fine paintings, the earliest English patchwork and many other beautiful objects.


image of the facade of levens hall near kendal

The world-famous award winning gardens were laid out in 1694. The topiary, beech hedges and colourful seasonal beds create a stunning visual impact.
The topiary garden has over 100 specimens including huge abstract shapes, pyramids and columns reminiscent of monstrous chess men. Levens Hall’s topiary is the oldest in the world and some shrubs are over 300 years old


image of topiary at Levens Hall near Kendal in Cumbria

Visitor Information

Homemade lunches and teas are prepared daily in the house kitchens and served in the Buttery tea rooms. Much of the produce is sourced from the estate and beverages include the Levens beer ‘Morocco Ale’ brewed to a secret family recipe.
The Buttery is open Sundays to Thursdays inclusive from 10.00 to 17.00 from 22 April to 4 October 2018.


There is also a gift shop, a plant centre and a children’s play area.

2018 Opening hours : 22nd April to 4th October, Sunday to Thursday only, The House 12.00 – 16.00 / The Gardens 10.00 – 17.00.
2018 Admission : House & Gardens – Adult: £13.90 / Child: £5.00 / Family: £35.00 or Gardens Only: Adult: £9.90 / Child: £4.00 / Family: £25.00
Levens Hall, Kendal, LA8 0PD. Tel 015395 60321
Email : [email protected] Website : www.levenshall.co.uk

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