Hill Top

Price guide: Mid-range

Near Sawrey, Near Sawrey, Cumbria , LA22 0LF

Price guide: Mid-range

Hill Top gardens
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By David Atkinson, your Hawkshead expert

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#2 of 4
expert-rated things to do in Hawkshead
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Education, Great views / scenery, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Hill Top

A time capsule glimpse into the life of Miss Potter.

Potter's famous cottage, located in a rural hamlet just south of Hawkshead, is a Mecca for fans of her enduring stories. This places gets very busy and a timed-ticket system applies in high season.

The cottage remains relatively untouched since her death in 1943, after which she left her not-unsubstantial range of properties to the National Trust. And its easy to see from the views of the surrounding fells how the scenery inspired her work.

The flower-filled garden has a children's trail and offers some welcome respite from the queues.

Price advice: 

General admission is £7, child £3.50.

Access to the garden and shop is free during opening hours.

Expert tips: 
When the queues get too much – and they will – head for the garden and vegetable patch, a nature-filled place for children to play, just as Peter Rabbit did in one of Potter's most popular stories.
Discounted admission if you already have a tikcet for the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead.
Parking is at a premium, so expect queues in peak season.

More information on Hill Top:

Price guide:
Historic site, Landmark / monument, Tour
Near Sawrey, Near Sawrey, Cumbria , LA22 0LF
+44 1539 436269
Months open:
Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Opening times:
House open mid-February to March: Sat-Thurs 10.30am-3.30pm; April to May and September to October: Sat-Thurs 10.30am-4.30pm; May to September: Sat-Thurs 10am-5pm. Garden and shop open daily Mid-February to April and October to December: 10am-4pm; April to May and September to October: 10am-5pm; May to September: 9.45am-5.30pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
Beatrix Potter

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