Sizergh Castle and Garden :
Sizergh / Levens
The Strickland family has lived at Sizergh for more than 750 years, and it remains their home today. Set in large, beautifully landscaped gardens and based on an impressive 14th Century solar tower, Sizergh was extended in Tudor times.
While a subject of much historical debate, the 14th century four story structure has been identified as a Solar Tower, not a pele tower as previously believed.
The romantic fortified mansion contains some of the finest Elizabethan carved overmantels in the country, as well as a collection of good English and French furniture and family portraits.
Of particular interest are the large gardens surrounding the Castle, a notable feature being the National Trust’s largest limestone rock garden, including part of the National Collection of Hardy Ferns. Enchanting wildflower and water gardens also add to the charm of this elegant estate.
A network of paths are available around the estate and various guided walks are offered throughout the year. There is a wild play trail where kids can explore and play, testing their balance and stamina surrounded by nature; kids’ quizzes are available in the house. Please check Sizergh website (see below) for details and events schedule
The Inlaid Chamber contains panels inlaid with English Poplar and “Bog” Oak to create a three dimensional effect, which have been restored to their former glory, and now lend a rich glow to the whole room. Accompanied by the original state bed and stained glass, this is a truly unique room.
Please note that there are four flights of stairs to negotiate to get to the Inlaid Chamber, and for this reason access to the chamber may prove impractical for some less mobile people, but there is a replica Inlaid Panel on display on the ground floor with full wheelchair access.
There is a cafe and shop located in the visitor services building which is located in the car park.
The castle and gardens are in the care of The National Trust.
Grid Ref : SD 498878
LA8 8AE. Tel 015395 60951
Email : [email protected]