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Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House Tours

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Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House
Children’s author Beatrix Potter lived in the 17th-century Hill Top farmhouse for most of her life, and bequeathed it to the National Trust on the condition that it was left “as if I had just gone out and they had just missed me.” The farm was a huge source of inspiration for Potter, who based many of her much-loved books here.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, England
Admission: Varies
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Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

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

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On this in-depth, full-day tour, you’ll follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter. Go behind the scenes to get a comprehensive overview of the acclaimed writer, illustrator, and scientist, best known for her “Peter Rabbit” series. Tours include stops where the author lived and worked, plus admission tickets to the Beatrix Potter Gallery and Armitt Museum.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$145.32
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US$145.32

Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth Twelve Lakes Tour

Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth Twelve Lakes Tour

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A delightful tour, with detailed commentary to the many places associated with Beatrix Potter’s life and characters. We stop at Castle Rigg Stone Circle, a testimony to mans presence in the area 4500 years ago. Older but smaller than Stonehenge this is the second most visited Stone Circle in the UK and in much more beautiful surroundings and some say the highlight of the tour. From here we make our way back along the shores of Thirlmere, a fresh water reservoir which is the fifth largest lake in the Lake District. We stop briefly at Dove Cottage the once home of poet William Wordsworth for a photo stop and if time a look in the gift shop if open. On completion we ride along the shores of Rydal Water through the market town of Ambleside and the famous Little Bridge House, arriving back in Windermere at around 1745. For those catching a train we will drop them at the train station and everyone else back at their hotel /B & B. All this completes one of the finest tours in England.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$53.68
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US$53.68

3 Day Beatrix Potter Experience Tour including lake cruise

3 Day Beatrix Potter Experience Tour including lake cruise

Explore the Lake District of Beatrix Potter without having to organize transport on this 2-night tour. Spend both nights at the 4-star Lindeth Howe hotel—once owned by the beloved writer—and enjoy time to explore independently punctuated by a half-day tour of Beatrix-linked locations, including her former home, Hill Top Farm; Hawkshead, and Tarn Hows. Breakfasts, dinners, a cream tea, and return transfers from Windermere railway station are included.
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  • 3 days
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US$503.66
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The Beatrix Potter And Peter Rabbit Private Tour

The Beatrix Potter And Peter Rabbit Private Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of beloved British author Beatrix Potter—and see some of the Lake District’s loveliest scenery besides—on this private tour. Following pickup from your Windermere accommodation, you’ll travel in a comfortable vehicle to the village of Sawley, where Potter once lived. Entry to her home, Hill Top, is included; once inside, explore the rooms and gardens that fed Potter’s imagination. Next, stop for lunch (own expense) before continuing to Hawkshead, where you’ll visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$301.90
Price varies by group size
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Stunning Lake District 4 Hour Tours!

Stunning Lake District 4 Hour Tours!

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Skip the fixed itineraries of group tours and discover the Lake District sights you truly want to see without having to plan your own transport. With this private tour, choose the lakes, waterfalls, and places you wish to visit from the available range; and then soak up the scenery and sites as you wish, all as your own personal guide furnishes you with stories and detail you could miss otherwise.
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  • 4 hours
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US$375.69
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Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

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

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Without a rental car, rounding up the Lake District spots beloved by Beatrix Potter in a half-day is near-impossible. Ideal for time-crunched visitors, this small-group tour from Windermere, Bowness, and Ambleside visits many such places in a few hours. Explore Beatrix’s Hill Top home, see Esthwaite Lake where she fished, visit Hawkshead, and learn detail about her life and characters via the onboard commentary that you might never otherwise hear.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$91.58
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US$91.58

Private Hire - Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside

Private Hire - Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside

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Our Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Private Tour is the perfect tour for small groups of families or friends who wish to have a more intimate experience whilst travelling the Lake District. Our 6 seater Mercedes Viano is a luxury, comfortable minibus which will allow you to explore the Lakes in style. This half day tour introduces you to the incredible landscapes and cultures which shaped Beatrix Potter's incredible stories. Travel through valleys and forests and visit the beauty spots which inspired her work which is beloved the world over. You will take a lake cruise, where you can marvel at the beauty of the Lake District from the tranquil waters themselves. If the cruise is cancelled an alternative extra will be included in the tour.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$451.33
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US$451.33
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Beatrix Potter Private 5 hour tour

Beatrix Potter Private 5 hour tour

With over 20 years experience giving tours to people from all over the world, Brook Tours of Windermere can offer you: Expert local knowledge, registered fully licensed and insured operator, friendly and courteous service going the extra mile to ensure your comfort, free help advice and planning for our clients, the ability to enjoy the sights and pleasures of the Lake District without the distraction of driving on unfamiliar roads, and a high standard of service whilst at the same time delivering quality and value for money.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$340.14
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US$340.14
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5 Day Best of the Lake District Experience Tour

5 Day Best of the Lake District Experience Tour

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Explore the rugged Lake District on this 5-day experience from Windermere, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and two full-day tours & one half day tour. Enjoy a Ten Lakes Spectacular trip with a lake cruise and visits to pretty Buttermere, Grasmere and Keswick; plus a High Mountain Passes tour over epic Hardknott Pass to see Muncaster Castle and ride the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. You will also enjoy a half day Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Tour visiting Hawkshead, Tarn Hows and Hill Top Farm. As well as breakfasts, your tour includes a fantastic overview of the Lake District plus round-trip hotel transfers in Windermere and Bowness.
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  • 5 days
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US$686.81
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US$686.81

Lakeland Literary Tour: Private, Full Day Tour for 4

Lakeland Literary Tour: Private, Full Day Tour for 4

Visit the homes of great writers such as William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter. Immerse yourself in their literary genius and discover how the Lake District and Cumbria influenced each one in very different ways. The Lake District is teeming with outstanding, stunning and inspirational views which fired some of Britain’s greatest creative minds. If you are enthralled by literature and history alike this is the tour for you. We have chosen the very best for you to explore. The Tour Includes: • Full day private tour • Local expert driver / guide • Attraction fees excluded
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$287.81
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US$287.81
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Lakeland Literary Tour: Private, Full Day Tour for 8

Lakeland Literary Tour: Private, Full Day Tour for 8

Visit the homes of great writers such as William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter. Immerse yourself in their literary genius and discover how the Lake District and Cumbria influenced each one in very different ways. The Lake District is teeming with outstanding, stunning and inspirational views which fired some of Britain’s greatest creative minds. If you are enthralled by literature and history alike this is the tour for you. We have chosen the very best for you to explore. The Tour Includes: • Full day private tour • Local expert driver / guide • Attraction fees excluded
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$313.97
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US$313.97
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Stunning Lake District 8 Hour Tour!

Stunning Lake District 8 Hour Tour!

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This full day takes you to Great Britain's Lake District, a mountainous region in northwest England known for its picturesque lakes and dense forests. Visit lakes, waterfalls, and small villages with breaks for walks, shopping, snacks, and even gingerbread along the way. This is an ideal tour for first time visitors or those who want an overview of the District in one day.
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  • 8 hours
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US$751.39
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Private Tour: Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

Private Tour: Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

You get to see: • Wray Castle where Beatrix spent her 16th birthday and first discovered the Lake District where she was to later make her home. • Hill Top, the house which Beatrix bought from the money she made from the publication of Peter Rabbit. • Esthwaite Water where Beatrix fished from her boat. • Hawkshead village • Beatrix Potter Gallery to see the original illustrations by Beatrix, including the famous copy she made of the Peter Rabbit letter. • Tarn Hows bought by Beatrix  and regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. • Yewdale Valley where Beatrix owned farms and land including Yew Tree Farm used in the film Miss Potter. • Armitt Library & Museum to see Beatrix's stunningly detailed mycology illustrations and other artefacts
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$752.22
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US$752.22
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Private Tour: Beatrix Potter Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with Expert

Private Tour: Beatrix Potter Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with Expert

On this tour you will get to see: • Wray Castle where Beatrix spent her 16th birthday and first discovered the Lake District. • Near Sawrey village which Beatrix visited often, used as inspiration for her illustrations and where she happily settled and married. • Hill Top, the house which Beatrix bought from the money she made from the publication of Peter Rabbit. • Esthwaite Water where Beatrix fished from her boat. • Hawkshead village • Tarn Hows bought by Beatrix  and regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. • Coniston Water with spectacular views of the lake and Coniston Old Man • Yewdale Valley where Beatrix owned farms and land including Yew Tree Farm used in the film Miss Potter.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$425.17
per group
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US$425.17
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Private Tour: Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert

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

On this tour you get to see: • Wray Castle where Beatrix spent her 16th birthday and first discovered the Lake District where she was to later make her home. • Near Sawrey village which Beatrix visited often, used as inspiration for her illustrations and where she happily settled and married. • Hill Top, the house which Beatrix bought from the money she made from the publication of Peter Rabbit. • Esthwaite Water where Beatrix fished from her boat. • Hawkshead village • Tarn Hows bought by Beatrix  and regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. • Coniston Water with spectacular views of the lake and Coniston Old Man • Yewdale Valley where Beatrix owned farms and land including Yew Tree Farm used in the film Miss Potter.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$425.17
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US$425.17
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Private Tour: Beatrix Potter Tour in 16 Seater Minibus

Private Tour: Beatrix Potter Tour in 16 Seater Minibus

Our Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Private Tour is the perfect tour for small groups of families or friends who wish to have a more intimate experience whilst travelling the Lake District. Our 16 seater Mercedes Sprinter is a luxury, comfortable minibus which will allow you to explore the Lakes in style. This half day tour introduces you to the incredible landscapes and cultures which shaped Beatrix Potter's incredible stories. Travel through valleys and forests and visit the beauty spots which inspired her work which is beloved the world over. Attractions such as lake cruise and entry into Hill Top is not included, but can be arranged on the day, if available.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$588.70
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US$588.70
per group
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