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Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead
Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead

Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead

Closed Fridays, hours change seasonally
Main Street, Hawkshead, LA22 0NS

The Basics

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.

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Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise
Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise
star-4.5
$63.36 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Peter Rabbit with my friends
Peter our tour guide not only made the tour interesting and informative but he also made it fun. Excellent driver felt very safe I would highly recommend this tour 👍🏼
chickchick12019, Sep 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Lake District

star-5
Recommended for a nice afternoon
Graham_M, Oct 2021
Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
Great guide excellent knowledge, great trip all in all , would recommend for an afternoon, lovely scenery
star-5
Brilliant guided tour
Annette_K, Oct 2021
Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
Gillian was phenomenal and we learnt so much about the history of the Lake District & the incredible forward thinking Beatrix Potter. A font of as much knowledge we could absorb keeping us engaged through out the afternoon. Sandra’s expert manoeuvring of the mini bus made them a dynamic duo to be recommended to everyone. When we come back we will call them first to arrange another guided tour. Thank you 😊
star-5
The best tour we've ever done!
NatashaLucy_S, Sep 2021
Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
An absolutely beautiful and fun tour. The best we have ever done ! The tour guides were so kind and so knowledgeable! We were taken all around several points of interest and there was never a dull moment. We were shown artefacts and stopped off at some of the most beautiful peaks. Even on a rainy day, we would do it all again. Thank you so much
star-5
Wonderful half day Beatrix Potter tour with Tim
Chris_W, Sep 2021
Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
Our tour guide Tim was very good and so informative it was such a great tour and was worth every penny
star-5
Beatrix Potter expectations surpassed
B1361SJdeniseb, Sep 2019
Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise
Three cheers to driver Geoff who provided an engaging narration about the beautiful Lake District area and the history of Beatrix Potter’s life. Couldn’t have asked for more!
star-5
Amazing Tour
Navigator821149, Apr 2019
Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
If you love the Lake region of England and Beatrix Potter, then this is the tour for you. This tour was given by Tim and Jill, and I would go back tomorrow if I could, to have them again as my tour guides. They are so knowledgable and professional, but make you feel like family. I know and understand Beatrix Potter so much more in depth than before and after their tour of the Lake region, I have it's beauty forever etched in my mind.
star-4
Good Trip
geoffreygeobfwan, Sep 2018
Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise
Overall is good trip but the weather is bad so that the lake cruise was cancelled. A bit disappointed but fully understandable. We will join again next when we are back here.
star-5
Magical
margaret_d, Sep 2021
Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
Our trip was magical 😊.we were very lucky to have a Driver Tim all to ourselves, he was lovely and very informative. He showed us a new side to Beatrice potter which was amazing. We can't thank Tim enough
star-4
Interesting and fun tour
Andy_K, May 2021
Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
Really informative and fun tour with Tim. It was great to learn more about Beatrix Potter and her impact on the area. He referenced the illustrations from her books which really brought things to life. Each drop-off gave you just about the right amount of time to see things. We throughly enjoyed visiting the beautiful Hill Top and the village of Hawkshead in particular. Tim was a friendly and knowledgable guide.
star-5
A Pleasant Surprise
Thomas_M, May 2021
Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
We went into this not sure what to expect but we were thoroughly impressed. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable on both Beatrix Potter and the whole Lake District. Highly recommend for if interested in either.
star-5
Brilliant experience
James_D, Sep 2020
Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
Brilliant experience in and around the Lake District, and our tour guide Tim done a great job telling us the story of a young Beatrix Potter through to her adult life, highly recommend.
star-5
Fascinating!
Jozsefne_B, Aug 2019
Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
The tour was brilliant eventhough heavy rain but later on it was sunny afternoon. Our tour guide was exellent! Thank you so much!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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