Houses & Gardens to Visit in the Lake District & Cumbria

Explore the most elegant and important historic houses in the Lake District & Cumbria and relax in the verdant and serene gardens of England’s most beautiful landscape.

The Grand Historic Houses & Gardens in the Lake District & Cumbria

Stately homes, castles and manor houses open to the public. The historic houses of the Lake District & Cumbria are still occupied by the same families who have lived there for hundreds of years and are set on their own estates in glorious countryside. You may visit the house as well as the garden at these properties, which also have visitor facilities and tea rooms.
 

image of the facade of dalemain historic house near penrith in cumbria
image of holker hall in cartmel in the lake district page
image of hutton in the forest historic house open to the public to visit in cumbria
image of topiary in the gardens of levens hall near kendal in cumbria
image of an aerial view of mirehouse country house at bassenthwaite lake in the lake district
image of the front of muncaster castle and lawns at ravenglass in the lake district page
image of sizergh castle and reflections in a pond at kendal in england

Houses & Gardens to Visit in the Lake District & Cumbria

With the exception of Rydal Mount, still occupied by Wordsworth‘s descendants, these fascinating Lake District houses are no longer lived in and are now living museums and visitor attractions. Swarthmoor Hall is also an important Quaker centre offering residential courses and retreats.
 
Some of the properties offer house tours while others allow you full access to wander the building. All allow you to enjoy the beautiful gardens and have visitor facilities and tea rooms.
 

image of the front of acorn bank and a driveway at temple sowerby in cumbria
image of blackwell arts and crafts house in bowness on windermere in the lake district page
image of brantwood, home of john ruskin, a historic house to visit in the lake district page
image of brockhole visitor centre at windermere lake
image of dove cottage in the lake district page
image of hill top at near sawry in the lake district page
image of rydal mount, a house and garden open to visitors at rydal in the lake district page
image of the exterior of swarthmoor hall , a quaker historic building to visit at ulverston in cumbria
image of townend yeoman's house at troutbeck near windermere in the lake district page
image of the terracotta facade of wordsworth house in cockermouth cumbria
image of the exterior of wray castle and visitors sitting on picnic benches at windermere lake in the lake district page

Gardens to Visit in the Lake District & Cumbria

Glorious Lake District gardens to visit. For the keen gardener or for those just looking for a peaceful place of beauty to relax in. The houses themselves are not open to the public.
 

image of topiary and askham hall exterior near penrith in cumbria
image of an aerial view of fell foot park at windermere lake in the lake district page
image of trees and shrubs at graythwaite hall at newby bridge in england
image of red flowers and a tree at holehird gardens at troutbeck near windermere in the lake district page
image of a derelict facade of a large old building at kirklinton hall at longtown in cumbria
image of the empty facade of lowther castle at penrith in cumbria
image of the front of rydal hall and its gardens under a blue sky at rydal village in the lake district page
image of trees and shrubs in a woodland clearing at stagshaw gardens at ambleside in the lake district page
image of an aerial view of winderwath gardens in cumbria
image of pillars surrounding an outdoor decorative pool in the gardens of winton park at kirkby stephen in cumbria
image of an aerial view of derwent isle house near keswick
image of isel hall near cockermouth in cumbria

Garden Centres to Visit in the Lakes & Cumbria

image of orange flowers and three red butterflys at bank mill garden centre in silloth in cumbria
image of the inside of a garden centre and some shoppers at beetham nurseries at near milnthorpe in cumbria
image of plants at hayes garden world garden centre in ambleside in the lake district page
image of trays of plants for sale at houghton hall garden centre in carlisle
image of a rustic bridge over a pond seen through a stone arch way at larch cottage nurseries near penrith in cumbria

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