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Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise

Cumbria, United Kingdom

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Visit the Beatrix Potter house and some of the Lake District’s prettiest locations on an afternoon tour from Windermere. After a scenic Lake Windermere cruise, travel through idyllic countryside to Hill Top, the Beatrix Potter home where the beloved children’s author lived during the early 1900s. See the garden and rooms left as she would have known them and learn about her life here. Finish with a visit to the quaint village of Hawkshead, where poet William Wordsworth attended school; and Tarn Hows, one of Lakeland’s most gorgeous spots. Please note Hill Top is an additional £11.80 per adult and £5.90 per child. This must be booked with Mountain Goat at least 24 hours before the tour departs
  • Afternoon Beatrix Potter tour of the Lake District from Windermere
  • Relax on a sightseeing cruise across the expansive Lake Windermere
  • Visit the picturesque village of Hawkshead, where William Wordsworth once studied
  • Gaze out over Tarn Hows, a famous beauty spot in the district
  • Learn more about the life of Beatrix Potter
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Transport in a small mini-coach
On-board commentary in English
Windermere Lake Cruise
Food & drink
Additional Entrance fees
Drivers gratuity (Optional)
Victoria St, Windermere LA23 1AD, UK

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Returns to original departure point
Bowness Bay, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3HQ, UK

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Kelsick Rd, Ambleside LA22, UK

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Oxenholme, Kendal LA9 7RB, UK

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Returns to original departure point
After pickup from a central Windermere location, travel to Bowness-on-Windermere by minibus for your sightseeing cruise.

Step onto your comfortable boat, and enjoy the idyllic scenery as you cruise across Lake Windermere, England’s biggest lake. Take photos from the deck, and then step ashore at Waterhead, on the lake’s northern shores.

Rejoin your minibus and travel through the undulating countryside to Hill Top, the home Beatrix Potter bought in 1905 using monies earned from her debut children’s book, 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit.' Having fallen in love with the Lake District, Beatrix spent much of her life here, gleaning inspiration from the landscapes and villages for her stories.

Wander around the pretty cottage garden, home to an allotment like those featured in many of Beatrix’s tales, and browse the charming gift shop. If you wish, head inside the 17th-century house to explore the rooms, left pretty much as they were in Beatrix’s day. View her writing desk, furnishings, and personal effects, and learn about her daily life here.

Next, continue to Hawkshead, a lovely village famous for its whitewashed cottages and cobbled lanes. Learn how English poet William Wordsworth was schooled here between 1779 and 1787, and glimpse the old grammar schoolhouse he attended.

Drive on to Tarn Hows, one of the area’s best-loved beauty spots. Here, drink in the gorgeous views of the lake against a backcloth of rugged peaks.

Afterward, ride back to Windermere where your tour ends.

Please note: Hill Top is closed on Fridays.
Stop At:  
Tarn Hows
Beautiful views of Lake District landscapes
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Beatrix Potter Gallery
Learn about Beatrix Potter and browse exhibitions.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hawkshead Grammar School
Learn about the life of legendary poet William Wordsworth and explore the school he attended.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be 5 years or older
  • There will be places in Hawkshead to buy food or drink but we recommend you have Lunch before the tour.
  • There are toilet stops on route
  • Minimal walking is involved
  • Our vehicles are not currently wheelchair accessible
  • Luggage storage is available at the Windermere Information departure location
  • Seats cannot be reserved
  • Each passenger must have their own seat
  • Please note Hill Top is an additional £11.80 per adult and £5.90 per child. This must be booked with Mountain Goat at least 24 hours before the tour departs
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Mountain Goat

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Peter Rabbit with my friends
, Sep 2019
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 👍🏼
Beatrix Potter expectations surpassed
, Sep 2019
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!
Good Trip
, Sep 2018
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.
Beautiful Lake District! Love the...
, Aug 2018
Beautiful Lake District! Love the day tremendously! Steve is very knowledgeable, very professional, very good!!
Our guide was fantastic. he was able...
barbara b
, Oct 2017
Our guide was fantastic. he was able to answer any/all questions of all of us. Super friendly, energetic, outgoing and a fantastic driver! There was a road closure so we got a special treat of going a sidetrip into Grasmere. I would highly recommend everyone to take this tour and enjoy the beautiful area of windermere . doesn't get much better when we were picked up and dropped off at our hotel front door! thankyou so very much
What a great tour this was, to be...
Alan S
, Sep 2017
What a great tour this was, to be able to see all of the history and actual drawings and original works by Beatrix was well worth it. On the day we were there the weather was a little cold so the lake cruise was not as pleasant as it would be on a nice blue sky day. The guides we had were very informative and provided a lot more information on the life and times of Beatrix that we expected. Great job.
The tour guide/ driver was brilliant...
Verity W
, Sep 2017
The tour guide/ driver was brilliant and had a wealth of knowledge on the area. We had a mix up with my pick up location but I contacted the company who called the driver and she returned with a smile. To avoid future confusion, please note that Burn How Garden House Hotel has two driveway entrances. Very enjoyable afternoon exploring the Lake District. Thank you.
Andy was a very good and friendly...
Yutaka S
, Aug 2017
Andy was a very good and friendly guide. I joined the tour with my wife and daughter. They enjoyed the visit to Hill Top in which Beatrix Potter created her works. The scenery of country side on the way back to Windermere was also very beautiful. On the previous day, we visited The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere. It was lucky for us to have been able to visit two sites of Beatrix Potter's world.
Our trip with Mountain Goat Tours to...
Jacqueline S
, Aug 2017
Our trip with Mountain Goat Tours to see Beatrix Potter's Lakes District and cruise on Windameer was brilliant! Matthew was an able, witty and knowledgable tour guide and created more of an experience than just a tour. We laughed, we were awed and we were well taken care of. This tour is definitely worth doing and we wpuld highly recommend it! Mum is 81 and needs some assistance with stairs and walking but with Matthew's help and her walking frame she managed to enjoy the tour fully. Thank you Matthew and thank you Mountain Goat Tours!
We had a terrific time. Our guide...
, Aug 2017
We had a terrific time. Our guide was very good. It was much better on tour than having to drive. We just sat back and soaked up the beautiful countryside.

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