Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead Tours
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The Beatrix Potter Gallery is a popular destination for families and all fans of the famous author’s children's books. This 17th-century building in the town of Hawkshead, in the Lake District, was once the office of Potter's husband, the solicitor William Heelis, and now houses much of her original artwork.
Entering the Beatrix Potter Gallery is like stepping back in time; the building’s interior has remained largely unchanged since the turn of the 20th century. The gallery displays the original illustrations of beloved children’s characters like Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs.Tiggy-Winkle, and Peter Rabbit. To learn more about Beatrix Potter and her legacy, join one of several tours that stop at the gallery as well as at other sites, like Hill Top, Potter’s home.
Things to Know Before You Go
- You must buy an entry ticket to visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery, but National Trust members can enter for free.
- There are stairs at the gallery entrance that may be difficult to navigate for those in wheelchairs.
- The gallery has several activities designed for children, including interactive displays and a quiz.
How to Get There
The gallery is on Hawkshead’s Main Street, and there is paid parking nearby. The closest railway station is in Windermere, a village about 20 minutes away by car. There are public buses that connect the two towns. You can also visit on a guided Lake District tour that includes transportation.
When to Get There
The gallery is open every day in the spring and summer months. It is closed in winter, so check the schedule if you’re visiting in a shoulder season. The best time to visit the Lake District is from June through August, when the weather is at its warmest. Spring and autumn can be pleasant as well, though the weather can shift quickly.
Explore Lake District National Park
Lake District National Park, in Cumbria, is considered one of Britain’s greatest national treasures and offers a wealth of opportunities for outdoor sports. The region is home to mountains, valleys, villages, towns, coastline and, of course, the famous lakes. Visit to enjoy hikes, meander around the serene lakes, and visit quaint tea shops and a variety of small museums.
Address: Main Street, Hawkshead LA22 0NS, England
Hours: Closed Fridays, hours change seasonally
Admission: Adults: £4.40
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead
Visit the Beatrix Potter house and some of the Lake District’s prettiest locations on an afternoon tour from Windermere. After a scenic Lake Windermere cruise, travel through idyllic countryside to Hill Top, the Beatrix Potter home where the beloved children’s author lived during the early 1900s. See the garden and rooms left as she would have known them and learn about her life here. Finish with a visit to the quaint village of Hawkshead, where poet William Wordsworth attended school; and Tarn Hows, one of Lakeland’s most gorgeous spots. Please note Hill Top is an additional £11.80 per adult and £5.90 per child. This must be booked with Mountain Goat at least 24 hours before the tour departs
On this in-depth, full-day tour, you’ll follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter. Go behind the scenes to get a comprehensive overview of the acclaimed writer, illustrator, and scientist, best known for her “Peter Rabbit” series. Tours include stops where the author lived and worked, plus admission tickets to the Beatrix Potter Gallery and Armitt Museum.
Follow in the footsteps of beloved British author Beatrix Potter—and see some of the Lake District’s loveliest scenery besides—on this private tour. Following pickup from your Windermere accommodation, you’ll travel in a comfortable vehicle to the village of Sawley, where Potter once lived. Entry to her home, Hill Top, is included; once inside, explore the rooms and gardens that fed Potter’s imagination. Next, stop for lunch (own expense) before continuing to Hawkshead, where you’ll visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Without a rental car, rounding up the Lake District spots beloved by Beatrix Potter in a half-day is near-impossible. Ideal for time-crunched visitors, this small-group tour from Windermere, Bowness, and Ambleside visits many such places in a few hours. Explore Beatrix’s Hill Top home, see Esthwaite Lake where she fished, visit Hawkshead, and learn detail about her life and characters via the onboard commentary that you might never otherwise hear.
On this tour you will get to see: • Wray Castle where Beatrix spent her 16th birthday and first discovered the Lake District. • Near Sawrey village which Beatrix visited often, used as inspiration for her illustrations and where she happily settled and married. • Hill Top, the house which Beatrix bought from the money she made from the publication of Peter Rabbit. • Esthwaite Water where Beatrix fished from her boat. • Hawkshead village • Tarn Hows bought by Beatrix and regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. • Coniston Water with spectacular views of the lake and Coniston Old Man • Yewdale Valley where Beatrix owned farms and land including Yew Tree Farm used in the film Miss Potter.
On this tour you get to see: • Wray Castle where Beatrix spent her 16th birthday and first discovered the Lake District where she was to later make her home. • Near Sawrey village which Beatrix visited often, used as inspiration for her illustrations and where she happily settled and married. • Hill Top, the house which Beatrix bought from the money she made from the publication of Peter Rabbit. • Esthwaite Water where Beatrix fished from her boat. • Hawkshead village • Tarn Hows bought by Beatrix and regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. • Coniston Water with spectacular views of the lake and Coniston Old Man • Yewdale Valley where Beatrix owned farms and land including Yew Tree Farm used in the film Miss Potter.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead hours of operation?
Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead hours of operation: Closed Fridays, hours change seasonally. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead?
The best ways to experience Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead are:
- Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise
- Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
- The Beatrix Potter And Peter Rabbit Private Tour
- Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
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