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Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House
Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House

Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House

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78 Reviews
Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, England

The Basics

Hill Top is often visited as part of Beatrix Potter-themed tours of the Lake District, which typically include stops at Wray Castle, the holiday home of the Potter family; Tarn Hows, a beauty spot where Potter owned a significant plot of land; and the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead, which showcases her original illustrations. Many literary tours combine Hill Top with literary landmarks such as Dove Cottage, the former home of William Wordsworth.

Many Lake District day tours or multi-day trips tend to include Hill Top in their itineraries, along with a cruise on either Lake Windermere or Coniston Water.

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

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Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
$102.11 per adult
A Pleasant Surprise
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.
Thomas_M, May 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Lake District

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Interesting and fun tour
Claire_and_Andy, 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.
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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.
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Fascinating!
Navigate09417715499, 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

  • There’s a timed ticket system in place to avoid overcrowding; tickets cannot be purchased in advance.

  • The farmhouse is not wheelchair-accessible.

  • There are no food and refreshments available at Hill Top though there are dining options in the nearby village of Windermere.

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How to Get There

Hill Top is situated in Near Sawrey, about 5 minutes’ drive from Hawkshead. Ferries run from Bowness-on-Windermere to Ferry House at Far Sawrey. From there, either follow a signposted 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) path, or take the seasonal bus service run by Mountain Goat, which typically runs from April through October.

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When to Get There

Hill Top is hugely popular and lines are therefore common. Waiting times are longest at weekends so try visiting midweek if possible. Arrive early to ensure you get a ticket.

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What to Expect Inside the Farmhouse

Inside the stone farmhouse, the interior seems frozen in time, preserved to appear exactly how it would have before Potter’s death in 1943. More than 1,400 objects are displayed in the house, from antique furniture and original sketches to early Peter Rabbit merchandise as well as Potter’s own glasses, which would have aided her with her illustrating as her eyesight began to wane.

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