Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Windermere
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Windermere
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  • Cancellable

Overview

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.
• 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
• Beatrix Potter Gallery to see the original illustrations by Beatrix, including the famous copy she made of the Peter Rabbit letter.
• Tarn Hows bought by Beatrix  and regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District.
• Yewdale Valley where Beatrix owned farms and land including Yew Tree Farm used in the film Miss Potter.
• Armitt Library & Museum to see Beatrix's stunningly detailed mycology illustrations and other artefacts

Itinerary
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Stop At: Wray Castle, Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA England

Your first stop is at Wray Castle and takes you back in time to when Beatrix Potter was a teenager on holiday in 1882. The usual holiday home, rented for the summer in Scotland, was unavailable and so Beatrix persuaded her parents to take Wray Castle on the shores of Lake Windermere for the summer. It was here that Beatrix spent her 16th birthday, met Canon Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley, one of the three founding members of The National Trust, and started her lifelong love of the area. This was where it all began for her. Your guide will explain the significance of Wray Castle in Beatrix's life and the people that she met there.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House, Main St Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0LF England

After admiring the beauty of the Lakeland fells, tumbling to the lake shore across the sweeping vista of the grounds of the castle we now move on to your next destination via the steep and twisty, narrow Lakeland roads set in the charming pastoral landscape, to Beatrix Potter's home in Near Sawrey.

On arrival, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the village pointing out all of the places that Beatrix knew and used in her illustrations for the famous books. At the end of the village you will arrive at Hill Top, a 17th century farmhouse which was the home of Beatrix Potter. Your entry to Hill Top and Gardens is included in your tour. Beatrix wrote many of her famous children's stories in this little house. Characters such as Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here, and the books contain many pictures based on the house and garden. You will have plenty of time to visit the house, gardens and gift shop before moving on to your next destination. Entry to Hill Top is included.

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Pass By: Esthwaite water trout fishery, The Boathouse Ridding Wood, Hawkshead, Ambleside England

A scenic drive will take you past the beautiful Esthwaite Water, so admired by both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. It was probably a combination of Moss Eccles Tarn with its water lillies, and Esthwaite Water that served as the inspiration for the home of her tale of a frog who lives in a "slippy-sloppy" house at the edge of a pond in The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher.

Stop At: Beatrix Potter Gallery Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NS England

Moving on through the sublime countryside, you arrive for an early lunch in Hawkshead, "the prettiest village in the Lake District". Your guide will take you on a short guided walk around the village and then take you into the the Beatrix Potter Gallery where you will be able to see original Beatrix Potter manuscripts and illustrations. You will then have time for lunch and to explore the village at your own pace. Entry to the Beatrix Potter Gallery is included in the price of this tour.

Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes

Stop At: Hawkshead Grammar School Museum, Old School House Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT England

The Grammar School is one place you may wish to visit during your time in Hawkshead Village.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Tarn Hows, Lake District National Park, Coniston LA21 8AQ England

After lunch, a short drive up Hawkshead Hill leads us on to the next destination of your tour, the beautiful Tarn Hows. The land and farms around were part of the considerable Monk Coniston Estate which was bought by Beatrix Potter and eventually sold or bequeathed to The National Trust so that the landscape and its unique way of life would be preserved forever. Your guide will point out features of interest and explain more about the life of Beatrix Potter as a farmer and conservationist. You will have an opportunity to take a short walk to the Tarn before we drive along a steep, spectacular and narrow road, deep into the Yewdale Valley.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Coniston Water, Coniston England

Yewdale, once part of the Monk Coniston estate, and bounded by steep, craggy fells, offers the visitor some stunning scenery. Our road through the valley offers us a view down on to Yew Tree Farm which was the location for the 2006 film Miss Potter. The road falls steeply downhill, so narrow that it is one way, for no other vehicle could pass without tumbling to their doom, and takes us through enchanted, shaded woodland. Emerging on to a more major road opposite Monk Coniston Hall. On the shore of Coniston Water, we stop to take in the view. From here we follow the lake shore until we are on the edge of the village before plunging back into the Yewdale Valley.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Armitt: Museum, Gallery, Library, Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9BL England

We are now on our way to your next destination but before arrive, the road takes us right past Yew Tree Farm once owned by Beatrix Potter, with its rare spinning gallery. The farms in this area, all owned by Beatrix Potter were where she, and her tenant farmers, bred her beloved Herdwick sheep. You will have a quick stop to snap some pictures.

We continue our drive back to the town of Ambleside where your guide will take you into the Armitt Library & Museum to see another aspect of Beatrix Potter's life, that of the scientific researcher and illustrator. Your entry to the Armitt Library & Museum is included in the tour. Here you will see fascinating insights into Beatrix's interest in mycology as a young woman illustrated by her stunningly detailed and beautiful illustrations which she bequeathed to the library in her will. You can also see the other museum exhibitions and browse the reference library full of rare and interesting books. This concludes the tour and so your driver will then take you to your drop-off points.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Bridge House Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9AN England

Get to see the famous Bridge House as we drive through Ambleside

Pass By: Windermere, Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This is one of our pickup points

Pass By: Bowness-on-Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This is one of our pickup points

Pass By: Ambleside, Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This is one of our pickup points

Pass By: Kendal, Kendal, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This is one of our pickup points

Pass By: Keswick, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This is one of our pickup points

Pass By: Grasmere, Grasmere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This is one of our pickup points

Inclusions
  • Entry into Hill Top (Beatrix Potter's house) is included in the price
  • Entry into The Beatrix Potter Gallery is included in the price
  • Entry into The Armitt Museum is included in the price
  • All entrance fees for locations on the itinerary are included
  • Relaxed and friendly small-group tour of no more than 7 guests
  • Professional Guides share their expertise of all the fascinating facts and stories in English
  • Departure and return to convenient, centrally located meeting points
  • Comfortable minivans with air-conditioning, WiFi and charging points for most mobile devices
  • Regular photo / refreshment / comfort stops
  • Entry/Admission - Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House
  • Entry/Admission - Beatrix Potter Gallery
  • Entry/Admission - The Armitt: Museum, Gallery, Library

Exclusions
  • Lunch - We do stop for lunch but the cost of the food and drink is not included
  • Entry/Admission - Hawkshead Grammar School Museum
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The time of pickup from Oxenholme train station is timed to meet the first train heading towards Glasgow from London Euston on Mondays to Saturdays
  • The English Lake District weather can change quickly, even in the summer months. Please bring a waterproof coat with a hood in case of rain or windy weather
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • As there is a little walking involved on the tour, some uphill and on uneven or wet terrain, please wear suitable, comfortable shoes
  • Children under the age of 5 can travel on this tour but we do not recommend it
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All passengers, including children of any age, must have a seat purchased for them
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We will collect you from the departure point linked to your chosen option. Please do not change to a different departure point without informing us in advance as we don't automatically go to every departure point. If we don't know you have changed your departure point we may not pick you up for the tour!
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Departure Point

1: Windermere LA23, UK
2: Oxenholme, Kendal LA9, UK
3: Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23, UK
4: Ambleside LA22, UK
5: Grasmere, Ambleside LA22, UK
6: Keswick CA12, UK


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

8 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

B218WDritas

13 Jul, 2022

We had Gillian & Sandra. Gillian was an excellent guide & historian! So much information & very engaging at all times. Sandra was quite the negotiator in driving us through it all. Well Done Ladies!!! Rita Self

Alyssa_P

10 Jul, 2022

Helpul local guides. Given information at Hilltop Farm. Recommended Samuel Whiskers Book, which includes watercolor paintings of the home.

Janh418

05 May, 2022

We had a terrific day out with Tim as our guide. We already admired Beatrix Potter, but our understanding and appreciation of her deepened with Tim’s help. Our travel route seemed designed to reveal awe-inspiring landscapes around every bend. Tim was an extremely congenial companion. The breadth and depth of his knowledge meant we ended the day not only with a better understanding of Beatrix Potter, but of Cumbria and England. The tour is definitely a highlight of our time in the Lakes.

julesp749

05 Aug, 2021

Such a packed and full day tour with amazing views and places to visit. Sandra our driver and Gillian our guide were so knowledgeable of the area and with a wealth of information. Gillian's passion for Beatrix Potter showed in her excellent delivery and enthusiasm of her knowledge. Timings were perfect and we had enough time for toilet breaks, photo opportunities , gifts and lunch. A definite must and I would use this company again, Thank you for a lovely day :-)

chatterbec

02 Aug, 2021

What a fantastic tour. We love Beatrix Potter and it was so lovely to see so many great places. Tim, our guide, was brilliant. So fun and lovely to chat to. He was incredibly knowledgeable and loved the enthusiasm. He taught us so much and we now know all the other things that made Beatrix so great apart from the books . Lots of stops and plenty of time at each. Never felt rushed. The views we saw and photo opportunities we had too were great. Also so nice that Tim refers to books and knows where pictures are..makes it more real. Loved we learnt about Wordsworth a bit too. Never done a tour before but definitely going to do another next time we are here in the Lakes. A big mention also has to go to Tim's excellent driving. No idea how he managed it all! A brilliant day and lovely having a small group- only us and one other couple. Thank you Tim,,you were fab and English Lake Tours. You will see us again!

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