Beatrix Potter Gallery



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This charming old building contains an exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s original drawings and watercolours. Visitors can learn about how the children’s writer travelled around the Lake District and Scotland, and how these travels influenced her writing and characters. You can also find out about her role as a conservationist and farmer, and how her legacy helped preserve much of the land that is now the Lake District National Park. The building has its own history as well, as it was the office of Beatrix’s husband and solicitor, William Heelis.

Beatrix Potter Gallery
Main Street,HAWKSHEAD,LA22 0NS


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Braille guide
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 10 Feb-28 Oct, daily 10.30-4

About the area

Discover Cumbria

Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.

Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.

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