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  • Location:Windermere, United Kingdom
  • Duration:4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour

Visit the Beatrix Potter house and some of the Lake District’s prettiest locations on this 4.5-hour 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. 

Highlights

  • 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
  • Spend time at Hill Top farm, Beatrix Potters’ former home
  • Gaze out over Tarn Hows, a famous beauty spot in the district
  • Learn more about the life of Beatrix Potter
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour

Beatrix Potter's Lakeland and Wordsworth Tour

After an afternoon pickup from your Windermere hotel, 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 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 (own expense) 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 with a hotel drop-off.

Please note: Hill Top is closed on Fridays.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

sharon.hayes253

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic experience. A wonderful way to see the district and learn about her life.
I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit the Lake District.

Jenny C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My friend and I absolutely loved this little trip, when you don't have your own transport it was the perfect way to experience the lake district scenery which was breathtakingly beautiful. And the tour guide was very knowledgeable I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to explore this area.

Christine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Really enjoyed this tour, it was everything I imagined and more. Great tour guide and information, beautiful weather and scenery. Thanks so much!

Joseph M G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a great tour. It would not be possible to see and do so much doing a self drive. Good value.

seo j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Very good!
I'm very satisfied.

Peggy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This was fabulous tour taking in so much in regards to beatrix potter... it was the driver/guide first tour and he did a great job!

Joan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

brilliant tour, staff were fantastic

Leslie Heuer United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Fantastic tour! Our tour guide was amazing, picked us up right on time at our B and B which was so helpful since we had no car on this trip. He took us to several spots for photo ops which were breathtaking before we even got to Hill Top. The ability to be taken right to the front of the line at Hill Top and straight in was very convenient. The drive to our boat ride was gorgeous and I really enjoyed being able to get on the lake and see the lush scenery from the water. Again, our tour guide kept us on track, on schedule and showed us a terrific amount of places, my camera was overflowing with photos! So glad I was able to add this to our Lake District visit, very convenient, comfortable, relaxing and affordable.

Heff New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very enjoyable, great driver- skilful driving down narrow lanes, good knowledge, friendly and interesting.
Beatrix Potter's house amazing, being able to wander around and closely examine everything.

Kim W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I took the Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour with driver Chris on Saturday 9th August 2014. Chris was a most interesting and informative guide and the trip was most enjoyable.

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