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Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House
Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House

Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House

Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, England

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.

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Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
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Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
$100.39 per adult
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Our guide was friendly, very knowledgeable and we saw things which we wouldn’t have know about if doing it unaccompanied
Enjoyable from start to finish. An amazing guide who knew so much. Lovely to compare the painted scene in the book with the real life landscape.
Jane_M, Apr 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lake District

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Incredible & Amazing
Roseanne_M, Mar 2022
Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
We didn’t know really what to expect, Tim was so knowledgeable & kept our attention, the tour way exceeded our expectations, loved the tour, loved the scenery, loved everything about it, when my daughter visits from Australia we will do it again, thank you
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Recommended for a nice afternoon
Graham_M, Oct 2021
Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
Great guide excellent knowledge, great trip all in all , would recommend for an afternoon, lovely scenery
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Brilliant guided tour
Annette_K, Oct 2021
Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
Gillian was phenomenal and we learnt so much about the history of the Lake District & the incredible forward thinking Beatrix Potter. A font of as much knowledge we could absorb keeping us engaged through out the afternoon. Sandra’s expert manoeuvring of the mini bus made them a dynamic duo to be recommended to everyone. When we come back we will call them first to arrange another guided tour. Thank you 😊

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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