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Half-Day Tour of Beatrix Potter Country and Places

1. Half-Day Tour of Beatrix Potter Country and Places

Your tour starts with a visit to Wray Castle for spectacular scenery and lake views. This is the holiday home where Beatrix first visited and fell in love with the landscape and culture of the Lake District. You then visit Near Sawrey. This village features in many of her "little books" illustrations, the Tower Bank Arms is immediately recognisable as the place where Kep, the collie-dog goes looking for the two fox-hound puppies to rescue Jemima Puddle-duck. You will be amazed when you see it, exactly like it is in the book! Hill Top Farm was bought by Beatrix with the profits from publishing Peter Rabbit. She often visited Hill Top and wrote many more books here which were inspired by the people and the places around her in this beautiful part of England. Entrance to the gardens of Hill Top and the House are included in this tour. William Heelis was a solicitor who advised Beatrix about her land purchases. His offices were in Hawkshead village. Today, these offices house the Beatrix Potter Gallery where many of Beatrix's documents are kept, including the copy she made of her original Peter Rabbit letter. The gallery is not included in the tour. Your guide will take you on a short tour of the most picturesque village in the Lake District. Beatrix bought a lot of land in the Lake District and owned the beautiful spot of Tarn Hows, known as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. You have a photo opportunity here and then, after a short scenic drive, Coniston Water comes into view. Coniston Water is the third largest lake in the Lake District and is the straightest. You will have a short stop here to admire the view and see the famous fell of Coniston Old Man towering over the village and the lake - beautiful scenery which Beatrix knew well. Beatrix also owned a lot of farms in the area and as you travel down the Yewdale Valley back to Ambleside, you will see Yew Tree Farm, famous as a location in the film "Miss Potter".

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Many Lives of Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour

2. Many Lives of Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour

Make your first stop at Wray Castle. Discover its part in Beatrix's life and the people that she met there. Head along the steep and narrow Lakeland roads to her home in Near Sawrey. Take a guided walk through the village, into Hill Top and its gardens. Have plenty of time to visit the house, gardens and gift shop. Stop for lunch in Hawkshead, and visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery. See original manuscripts and illustrations by Beatrix. Take a short guided walk around the village, and then explore the village at your own pace. Move on to the beautiful Tarn Hows, part of the considerable Monk Coniston Estate bought by Potter, bequeathed to The National Trust. Discover more about the life of Beatrix as a farmer and conservationist. Travel to Yew Tree Farm, once owned by Beatrix and used in the film Miss Potter. Stop to snap some pictures and drive back to Ambleside. Head into the Armitt Library and Museum to uncover Potter's life as a scientific researcher and illustrator. Get fascinating insights into Beatrix's interest in mycology as a young woman, illustrated by her detailed illustrations, bequeathed to the library in her will.

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What people are saying about Wray Castle

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 9 reviews

this was a very worthwhile and informative trip. Our tour guide Gillian was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions really well. Tim our driver also was able to contribute with his local knowledge and he was an excellent driver also! I would definitely recommend this trip regardless of if you know anything about Beatrix Potter or not which I didn't but I learnt an awful lot about her and also about the Lake District

A fantastic day . Thoroughly recommended . So much to see and do , Not only did we get to learn about the real Beatrix Potter , but also learning about and seeing so much of the stunningly beautiful Lake District and it’s rich history made our holiday. Our guides were professional, welcoming and were able to answer any questions we had , in depth . If you book this trip you won’t be disappointed.

Excellent time we had

We had a wonderful time seeing the beautiful Lake District. Our guide, Gillian and Tim, who drove us around were super hosts, who made us feel so comfortable and at home. She enlightened us in detail about Beatrix Potter.. Our many thanks to them, and you people for arranging this for us. Cheers!!

A must for Beatrix Potter admirers or countryside sceneries lovers

Very well organized, there is plenty of time for every activity. With the excellent information from guide Phil, you get a clear view on the different activities on which Beatrix Potter excelled. And a great day on the most beautiful scenery.