Guided tour

Half-Day Tour of Beatrix Potter Country and Places

Half-Day Tour of Beatrix Potter Country and Places

Activity provider: English Lakes Tours
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From US$ 106.13 per person

Visit Beatrix Potter's home at Hill Top and also see some of the area in the Lake District that she owned. Travel to Wray Castle where she first visited the Lakes. Enjoy a fully guided and escorted experience throughout the tour.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Have entry to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's home
  • Visit Hawkshead Village where her husband William Heelis had his offices and is now the Beatrix Potter Gallery
  • Enjoy the beautiful Tarn Hows, part of the Monk Coniston estate owned by Beatrix
  • See Wray Castle, the rented holiday home of the Potter family where Beatrix first encountered the Lake District
  • Pause at Yewtree Farm which was used as the stand-in for Hill Top in the film 'Miss Potter'
Full description
Your tour starts with a visit to Wray Castle for spectacular scenery and lake views. This is the holiday home where Beatrix first visited and fell in love with the landscape and culture of the Lake District. You then visit Near Sawrey. This village features in many of her "little books" illustrations, the Tower Bank Arms is immediately recognisable as the place where Kep, the collie-dog goes looking for the two fox-hound puppies to rescue Jemima Puddle-duck. You will be amazed when you see it, exactly like it is in the book! Hill Top Farm was bought by Beatrix with the profits from publishing Peter Rabbit. She often visited Hill Top and wrote many more books here which were inspired by the people and the places around her in this beautiful part of England. Entrance to the gardens of Hill Top and the House are included in this tour. William Heelis was a solicitor who advised Beatrix about her land purchases. His offices were in Hawkshead village. Today, these offices house the Beatrix Potter Gallery where many of Beatrix's documents are kept, including the copy she made of her original Peter Rabbit letter. The gallery is not included in the tour. Your guide will take you on a short tour of the most picturesque village in the Lake District. Beatrix bought a lot of land in the Lake District and owned the beautiful spot of Tarn Hows, known as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. You have a photo opportunity here and then, after a short scenic drive, Coniston Water comes into view. Coniston Water is the third largest lake in the Lake District and is the straightest. You will have a short stop here to admire the view and see the famous fell of Coniston Old Man towering over the village and the lake - beautiful scenery which Beatrix knew well. Beatrix also owned a lot of farms in the area and as you travel down the Yewdale Valley back to Ambleside, you will see Yew Tree Farm, famous as a location in the film "Miss Potter".
Includes
  • Fully escorted and guided tour
  • Entrance to Hill Top
  • Small group size to allow for great discussions
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    • As the weather can be changeable in the Lake District, a coat and sensible shoes are recommended.
    • All passengers, including children of any age, must have a seat purchased for them
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 7 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Transportation
      5/5
    • Value for money
      5/5
    • Safety
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    this was a very worthwhile and informative trip. Our tour guide Gillian was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions really well. Tim our driver also was able to contribute with his local knowledge and he was an excellent driver also! I would definitely recommend this trip regardless of if you know anything about Beatrix Potter or not which I didn't but I learnt an awful lot about her and also about the Lake District

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    September 17, 2019

    We really enjoyed our tour - guide Tim was very punctual, polite and friendly. He spoke only to the point, but did not miss a single important or interesting moment, supplementing his story with images from the books of Beatrix Potter. We walked along the narrow village streets, visited places that were somehow related to the life of the famous writer, and looked with pleasure at her original drawings in the gallery. It was a great day!

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    July 17, 2019

    Excellent time we had

    We had a wonderful time seeing the beautiful Lake District. Our guide, Gillian and Tim, who drove us around were super hosts, who made us feel so comfortable and at home. She enlightened us in detail about Beatrix Potter.. Our many thanks to them, and you people for arranging this for us. Cheers!!

    February 25, 2019

    Product ID: 175821