Historic Houses and Castles.

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1. Leighton Hall (Historic Seat of the Gillow Family)
This is situated near Silverdale with breathtaking views of the Lakeland hills. The families’ Gillow ancestry means there are many unusual Gillow pieces of furniture in the house. Outside the hall within the gardens, are woodland walks and a 19th Century garden. In the Avery Garden is Leighton Hall’s unique collection of Birds of Prey, which are flown each afternoon (weather permitting).
Journey: 30 minutes by car.
Open: Daily May to September 2.00pm to 5.00pm excluding Saturdays & Mondays other than Bank Holidays (August only 12.30am to 5.00pm)
Guide price: Adult £5.00, Child £3.50, and Family (2+3) £15.00
Tel: 01524 734474

2. Holker Hall (Home of Lord and Lady Cavendish; dates from 1871)
Splendidly set at the south of the Lake District near Grange-over-Sands, just a mile away from the shores of Morecambe Bay, the house contains many outstanding examples of European furniture, painting, sculptures, and carvings. Priceless carpets and tapestries and elegant fireplaces and ornate ceilings adorn the rooms. Idyllic gardens and deer parks are complimented by one of the most fascinating collections of motoring memorabilia including the Campbell Legend Bluebird Exhibition.
Journey Time: 45 minutes by car.
Open: April to end October everyday except Saturdays
Hall: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Gardens: 10.00am to 6.00pm
Lakeland Motor Museum: 10.30am to 4.45pm
Guide Price: Adult £8.75, Child £5.00 for Hall, Garden and Motor Museum.
Tel: 015395 58328

3. Brantwood (John Ruskin’s home 1872-1900)
Brantwood is one of the most beautifully situated houses in the Lake District. It enjoys the finest views over Coniston Lake towards the mountains with the Old Man of Coniston dominating the skyline. The home of John Ruskin, the house became an intellectual powerhouse and one of the greatest literary and artistic centres in Europe. The house is filled with Ruskin’s drawings and watercolours together with much of his original furniture, books and personal items. Brantwood has 250 acres of woodland gardens, lakeshore meadows and morland hilltops. A well marked nature trail winds and twists through the estate. Try the home baked cakes and meals at Jumping Jenny’s with stunning views from the terrace.
Journey Time: 1 hour 15 minutes by car.
Open: mid March to mid November 11.00am to 5.30pm. Winter: Wednesday – Sunday 11.00am to 4.30pm.
Guide Price: Adult £4.75, Child, £1.00, Family (2+3) £10.00
Tel: 015394 41396

4. Harewood House (Lord Harewood’s mother HRH Princess Royal lived at Harewood until her death in 1965)
Located between Harrogate and Leeds on the A61. A stunning house with magnificent interiors by Robert Adams and Staterooms lavishly furnished by Chippendale. Harewood is one of the great Treasure Houses of Britain. Glorious gardens with the restored Victorian Terrace, Lake and sparkling fountains. The Bird Garden works closely with UK and overseas collections in captive breeding some of the world’s rarest creatures. See these beautiful birds including penguins, flamingos, owls and parrots in their lovely lakeside setting. Also includes an Adventure Playground.
Journey Time: 1 hour 20 minutes by car
Open: March to end October
House: 11.00am to 4.30pm
Grounds/Adventure Playground: 10.00am to 6.00pm
Terrace Gallery: 11.00am to 5.00pm
Victorian Kitchen: 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Guide Price: Adult £9.50, Child £5.25, and Family £29.00. Other options available.
Tel: 0113 218 1010

5. Sizergh Castle (National Trust)
The Strictlands family have lived in Sizergh Castle for more than 750 years and it remains their home today. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens near Kendal on the A6, Sizergh was extended in Tudor times. This romantic fortified mansion contains some of the finest Elizabethan carved ornaments in the country as well as a collection of good English and French furniture and family portraits. The large gardens surrounding the castle include the National Trust’s largest limestone rock garden including part of the National Collection of Hardy Ferns. Enchanting rose, wildflower and water gardens also add to the charm of this elegant estate. A variety of walks are available
Journey Time: 30 minutes by car
Open: Sunday to Thursday 1st April to 31st October 1.30pm to 5.30pm
Guide Price: Adult £5.00, Child £2.50, and Family £12.50
Tel: 015395 60070

6. Levens Hall & Gardens
Levens Hall and the unique Topiary Gardens are only 5 minutes from the M6 (Exit 36) and 5 miles south of Kendal on the A6. The Hall is an Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th Century Pele tower. The home of the Bagot family, the mansion includes fine panelling and plasterwork, period furniture, Cordova leather wall coverings, paintings by Rubins, Lely and Cuyp, the earliest English patchwork and other beautiful objects to form a fascinating collection. The Gardens created by M. Beaumont date from 1694 and its design remains largely unchanged to this day. Over 90 individual pieces of topiary, together with spring and summer bedding, create a magnificent visual impact. A new fountain garden was created in 1994 and in the same year Levens Gardens were awarded the prestigious HHA/Christies Garden of the Year Award.
Journey Time: 30 minutes by car
Open: April to end October
Garden & TeaRoom: 10.00am to 5.00pm
House: 12.00pm to 4.30pm
Guide Price: Adult £7.00, Child £3.50, and Family (2+3) £15.00
Tel: 015396 60321

7. Lancaster Castle
Lancaster Castle has dominated the town for almost 1000 years ever since it was first established in 1093. The Lancashire Witches were tried, convicted and condemned to die here. The castle includes:
• The beautiful Gillow furniture in the Grand Jury Room where Queen Victoria dined.
• The dungeons and “Drop Room” from where thousands of convicts where transported to Australia.
• Hanging Corner where hundreds of condemned prisoners where publicly hanged
• The magnificent Shire Hall with its display heraldic shields spanning 800 years of British history.
Journey Time: 20 minutes by car.
Open Daily: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Guided Tours by qualified historians and professional guides at 30 mins intervals from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm inclusive. Tour duration 45 minutes.
Guide Price: Adult £4.00, Child £2.50, and Family (2+2) £11
Tel: 01524 64998

8. Skipton Castle
Skipton is one of the best-preserved and most complete medieval castles in England, despite enduring a 3-year siege in the Civil War.
Journey Time: 50 minutes by car.
Open Daily: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm (Sunday 12 noon)
Guide Price: Adult £4.80 with illustrated tour sheet, Under 18s £2.40, Family (2=3) £13.50
Tel: 01756-792442



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