National Trust Hill Top is a time capsule of Beatrix Potter’s life. Full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'Tale'. Bought with the proceeds of Peter Rabbit in 1905, Beatrix used Hill Top and its surroundings as inspiration for many of her 'little books' - you'll recognise the rhubarb patch where Jemima Puddle-Duck laid her egg and the garden where Tom Kitten and his sisters played!
All visitors must book a ticket in advance, including members, to guarantee entry to Hill Top House & Garden. Tickets will be released every Thursday, two weeks in advance. Please see the Hill Top website 'What's On' section to book. Parking is free at Hill Top but the car park is small and tickets do not guarantee you a parking space.
From 27 March you can visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery just down the road in Hawkshead, where you can get up close to Beatrix’s original artwork.
Beatrix Potter's garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. You'll recognise the rhubarb patch where Jemima Puddle-Duck laid her egg, and the garden where Tom Kitten and his sisters played.
In Hill Top shop you'll find a great range of Beatrix Potter soft toys, books and other lovely gifts which delight our visitors young and old alike. Discover all your favourite characters in Hill Top shop - Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten, Jeremy Fisher and more, plus exclusive items to Hill Top, for you to collect.
Limited car parking. No coach parking. Please ask for accessible parking space. Level access to ground floor, many steps to first floor rooms. Dim light, especially on overcast days.
Groups by advanced booking please, Tel: 015394 36269 or email: email@example.com
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|Season (18 Feb 2023 - 29 Oct 2023)|
* Hill Top House is currently closed for winter conservation work.
The House reopens on 18th February 2023.
Please see the National Trust website for the most recent up to date opening times as they are subject to change.
Adults £15.40, child £7.70, family £38.50. National Trust members free. Prices include a voluntary 10% donation but visitors can choose to pay standard price admission.
No discount to Hill Top for groups.
By Car: B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside, 6 miles, B5285 from Coniston, 7 miles. The roads are narrow and can be very busy, please allow extra time to park during peak times.
By Bus: Bus is probably one of the easiest ways to get to Hill Top. There is also a regular service (505) from Coniston, or Ambleside, with some buses going on to Windermere. If you are coming from Windermere or Bowness you can cruise or catch the Ferry across the Lake then the seasonal bus link (from the beginning of April through to the end of October) between Ferry House and Hill Top. By Boat: The Windermere ferry between Bowness and Ferry House offers a low-cost, frequent and scenic link to Hill Top for visitors based in the Bowness and Windermere area. The footpath from Ferry House to Hill Top is comprehensively signed. The Cross Lakes Experience provides a package via Windermere Lake Cruises from Bowness to Hill Top using boat and bus. By Bike: Hill Top is a short and relatively quiet ride down country lanes from Hawkshead, where cycle hire is available from the village post office or via bridleways from Ferry house. There are cycle parking racks near the visitor ticket office. On Foot: There are numerous footpaths and bridleways in the vicinity for you to explore including a direct off-road link from Ferry House.
Accessible by Public Transport: Windermere station is 5 miles away.
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