Dalemain House & Gardens
“Home to the annual International Marmalade Festival” - AA Inspector
Originally a mediaeval pele tower, Dalemain was added to in Tudor times, and the imposing Georgian façade was completed in 1745. It has oak panelling, Chinese wallpaper, Tudor plasterwork and fine period furniture. The gardens include a collection of old fashioned roses, wild flower spiral, earth sculpture, a newly developed stumpery in Lob's Wood, and in early summer a magnificent display of blue Himalayan poppies. In early March, Dalemain is home to the International Marmalade Festival. Tearoom, gift shop, museum, plant sales and Dacre walk through the estate to Dacre Church.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Stairs to first floor house, lower garden not accessible to wheelchairs
- Facilities: Mobility scooter (must be pre-booked), pictures of upstairs
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: House open 18 Mar-25 Oct, Sun-Thu 10.30-3.30; Gardens, Tea Room & Gift Shop, Sun-Thu 10-4.30 (28 Oct-19 Dec, Sun-Thu 11-3)
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About the area
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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