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.
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.
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
With a strong focus on fresh local produce, much sourced from Levens Hall Estate and the gardens themselves, Levens Kitchen is a fully licensed restaurant serving a wide selection, from coffee and cakes to a delicious, seasonally inspired menu.
There is also a gift shop, a plant centre and a children’s play area.
2019 Opening hours : from 7th April to 3rd October
House & Gardens Sunday – Thursday (closed Fridays and Saturdays)
Gardens, Gift Shop and Plant Centre: 10.00-1700
Levens Kitchen: Sunday to Thursday (closed Fridays and Saturdays) from 18th March to 19th December 2019. Open 10.00-17.00
2019 Admission :
House and Gardens: £13.90 (adult), £5.00 (child), £35.00 (family)
Related Pages :
- Houses & Gardens to Visit
- Places to Visit
- Pele Towers
- Reivers Trail
- South Cumbria Fortified houses
- South Cumbria Menu
Grid Ref : SD 496851