Holker Hall & Gardens

Price guide: Expensive

Holker Estate , Cark-in-cartmel, Cumbria , LA11 7PL

Price guide: Expensive

The house, Holker Hall & Gardens
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By David Atkinson, your Lake District expert

#15 of 30
expert-rated things to do in Lake District
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Foodies, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Holker Hall & Gardens

One of Britain's quintessential stately homes.

The regal abode of Lord and Lady Cavendish is a big family day out.

The tour of the house is a non-stuffy trip back in time to see how a landed-gentry family lived. A visit to the 10-hecatre grounds apeals to those with with horticultural leanings, showcasing the myriad of colours from the rose gardens and rhododendrons.

There's an adventure playground for children up to 12 years and a cute kids' play area for the little ones.


Price advice: 

Hall and gardens: adult £11.50; children (6-15) £6; under six free.

Expert tips: 
The Meadow is a great open space for children to run around and explore the flora.
During school holidays, there's a host of supervised workshops for kids from mask making to seed planting for a small charge.
Don't leave without a visit to the superb Holker Food Hall for local goodies and cuts of local meat from the Holker Estate.

More information on Holker Hall & Gardens:

Price guide:
Historic site, Park / garden, Tour
Holker Estate , Cark-in-cartmel, Cumbria , LA11 7PL
01539 558328
Months open:
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Opening times:
Main season opening March to October: Sun-Fri house 11am-4pm, gardens 10.30am-5.30pm; pre-season previews in February.
Free tags / Keywords:
Stately home

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