Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Hill Top was Beatrix Potter's most beloved place, packed full of her favourite things and left just as she wanted it for visitors to enjoy. You will see why she loved it so much and used it and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her famous children's tales. Your visit helps the National Trust continue her work to look after the Lake District. Hill Top can get busy. Pre booking is required to guarantee entry.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Mrs Bimble
    Surrey, United Kingdom131 contributions
    Atmospheric & Beautiful!
    Hill Top is a must see Mecca for all fans of Beatrix Potter. I have visited a few times and always see something different and learn a little more with every trip. The house has been expertly conserved and you get a real sense of Beatrix’s personality from the artefacts and decor of this treasure trove house. There are a range of objects and interpretations to enjoy. It’s also great fun to pick out the various spots around the house which form the backdrop of many of the tales. It has to be said that the staff really elevated our visit. Everyone was outstanding, from welcoming faces in the ticket office to the curators and staff in the shop; they were all knowledgeable, helpful and jolly. Special mention to the curators (Tim and Janet I think?) who have a vast knowledge of the property and it’s owner. They bring the magic to life through their excellent story-telling and expertise. We could have chatted all morning! Other reviewers have said they spent barely any time in the house but I can only assume they weren’t particularly interested in what was on offer. Beatrix was a pioneer in so many fields - I think some visitors fail to appreciate that there is a great deal more to her than just fluffy animals. Do a little research before you go and you’ll fully respect this property and it’s amazing past, and perhaps you’ll feel some gratitude towards the fantastic National Trust for being excellent custodians of this important property.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Megan J
    Kendal, United Kingdom32 contributions
    Family day trip
    Nice day out and walk around for two teens and mum. Staff were friendly and told us all lots about the house. Hot chocolate van outside made it even better as we could warm up in the drizzly weather
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written March 15, 2023
  • MarpleTraveller
    Marple, United Kingdom1,169 contributions
    A visit to Hunka Munka and Tom Kitten!
    This time capsule will give a great opportunity to experience the home of Beatrix Potter. The House has many things with belonged to her but the story is sensitively supported by the many stories which it inspired being available to read as you visit. It was lovely to see some of the lesser known characters being celebrated not just Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle Duck.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2023
  • MrsWYN-R
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom3,012 contributions
    Thoroughly Enjoyable Visit
    Read Beatrix Potter books as a child and have waited years to visit Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter and it did not disappoint. Like how the National Trust have kept her belongings in place and can see how the house and the surroundings inspired her writing, the house is certainly in a beautiful spot with wonderful views. Nice to see photographs of her left out around the property too. The staff at the Hill Top certainly enjoy their jobs - welcoming, happy and knowledgeable and they add to the experience sharing what they know. The shop has some lovely items to buy - had to buy a large special edition Peter Rabbit who is now happily settled in on our sofa in our new home. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Hill Top and would certainly return again when the flowers are out in the garden.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • ljhatfield
    Atlanta, Georgia14 contributions
    Loved it.
    Loved this house and learning about the history of Beatrix Potter. Stunning gardens and landscape. So many interesting artifacts in the house. We did this tour before getting the ferry across lake windermere to see The World of Beatrix Potter. The only negative was that the tour guide on the front door of the house was rather rude and impatient with us, when we didn't know that we had to wait to be let in. Also, the lady immediately inside the house was very rude to my deaf sister insisting she was leaning on furniture when she infact was just close to it. Other than those two fuddy duddy's a must see!
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Veronica H
    113 contributions
    A lovely trip back in time!
    Visiting has been on my bucket list ever since the previous visits to the Lakes in '89 and '96. This lovely house in a glorious setting has been lovingly restored and maintained to vividly reflect Beatrix, her lifestyle and personality. All sorts of beautiful furniture and ornaments, with just enough detail to clarify what they represent, without being overwhelming. And as for the books and their beautiful illustrations - they really came to life, with a few copies around the relevant pictures etc, to read for those interested. Getting into the place is quite a procedure - e.g. advance booking wherever possible, restricted parking etc, but all understandable, and helpful staff around to assist where necessary (as they are inside the house for any questions). Enjoyed eating our packed lunch in the garden afterwards - accompanied by a great cup of coffee!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • mo10
    Bellevue, Washington123 contributions
    No rabbit, but still whimsical. Worth it!
    We were told this place was a rip off, we felt quite the contrary. The gardens are lovely, and the house was full of her actual furniture and trinkets. And oh my how many trinkets she had!! The house inspired so many beloved characters and you can see why, its whimsical. The only disappointment was there was no rabbit in the garden and no cat in a too small blue outfit. A real missed opportunity. My only feedback would be to get a rabbit in a hutch for the grass, because well.. obviously. You definitely need to book In advance and go early as it gets busy. The car park is very limited!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Allison Shields
    Killin, United Kingdom2 contributions
    Beautiful location- well worth a visit while you’re in the area.
    In the heart of the beautiful Lake District, Hill Top is well worth a visit if you’re in the area. We were staying nearby in Hawkshead, and booked an early slot to visit, which I would highly recommend doing as the car park is quite tight with limited spaces so getting there early gives you a better chance of finding a space. Hill Top itself is situated a short walk along the road from the car park. The gardens and house are simply stunning- very quaint and traditional, it’s like stepping back in time! You almost feel as if Beatrix is still living there. Lovely collection of items, and it’s nice to see where the inspiration for some of her iconic stories and pictures came from. It’s a perfect excursion for all ages- we went there with our 2 teenage kids (14 and 16), and they both loved it. I would thoroughly recommend visiting Hill Top if you’re a fan of Beatrix Potter and her work.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Eksknight
    West Lawn, Pennsylvania97 contributions
    A must visit!
    I’m a bit biased as I’m a huge Beatrix Potter fan. Hill Top is a lovely peek into this amazing woman’s life. The staff was friendly and organized. I’d definitely recommend prebook tickets as some days they do sell out. There are six small rooms filled with original items from Beatrix. The garden and orchard are charming as well as treasures to be found in the gift shop. I especially loved finding the stories and illustrations that feature Hill Top. Not to be missed is the red post box located between the car park and Hill Top, it is said to be the original one that Beatrix would have used. I enjoyed buying postcards in the gift shop then writing them in the garden and posting them from the post box before I left. (I brought stamps with me)
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 23, 2023
  • kpmart
    29 contributions
    Really enjoyable and nostalgic
    Beautiful house and gardens. If you have ever read Peter Rabbit or any other Beatrix Potter stories then you will feel quite nostalgic. A bit of a strange set up with the car park being a little walk from the actual house but easy enough to work out. Cafe is just a cabin (independently run) and not many choices so don't reply on it for lunch. Overall really enjoyable.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 4, 2023
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Scarypete
North Yorkshire, England.72 contributions
Sep 2020
This was one of the most disappointing places I have ever visited. Remembering the Peter Rabbit books from my childhood, I imagined immaculately laid out and tended gardens, under the watchful eye of Mr McGregor. Unfortunately the National Trust clearly have no interest in truthfully depicting the image of Mr McGregor and Peter Rabbit's garden, it is just a good earner/money spinner for the N.T.
The flower beds are an overgrown mess, with some wooden plaques periodically placed, with quotes purporting to originate from within Beatrix Potter's books. The vegetable garden is a shambles, there is a wooden wheelbarrow, typical of the type depicted in the books, stuffed in a corner of the garden; the gateway in the corner of the garden is so overgrown you can hardly see the gate, or the barrow. Instead of neat rows of vegetables there is an overgrown jungle. No effort whatsoever has been attempted to depict the pictures displayed in the books. The "Coffee Shed" in the orchard is a complete rip-off and certainly not worth the wait caused by the inefficient and surly service delivered by the one person behind the counter.
I am in my 70s and just very glad I had not taken any of our Grand-daughters, as they would have been incredibly upset by the let-down, of reality failing to depict the story books. Best advice, keep the memory of the books in your mind and save your money, by not wasting your time going to this attraction.
Written September 29, 2020
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Jim F
Oban, UK665 contributions
Mar 2022
Granted the National Trust doesn't control the weather but incessant rain only served to magnify basic management problems we encountered which should be sorted. We thought we had allowed plenty of time coming from Keswick to make our half hour booking window but in the end we were five minutes late. Lashing rain, slow traffic on the increasingly narrow roads and very poor signposting all contributed. Maybe we were wrong to expect a brown tourist sign, as with virtually all other National Trust properties throughout the UK. When we eventually got to the reception desk and pointed this out the lady made it clear this is a regular gripe and evidently the fact this is in the Lake District National Park make sit a problem. It certainly didn't make it a problem for the clearly signed Beatrix Potter Gallery just up the dale; there were several clear brown signs pointing the way. So we drove at least a mile past before deciding we had overshot, coincidentally at the same time as two other vehicles were turning round in the narrow lane. Once there the car park was full although credit to the lady volunteer who managed that situation as best she could. Once in the cottage - a bit of queuing in the rain first - there were too many people in the small rooms. No social distancing, no mask wearing and cramped rooms. No doubt the time slots are supposed to disperse visitors evenly but if people are arriving late.......Lastly I would agree with some reviewers that the experience is over-priced, though we are members. Goodness knows what it must be like in season.
Written March 16, 2022
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Kathryn E
4 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We came today to visit Hill Top during a trip to Windermere, however on arrival we decided £13 a head was a little too expensive for us personally, so, having read a google review that stated that the gardens were free to peruse, we decided to have a little look round. There were signs saying ‘please book a time slot before visiting the house’, however as we had no intention of going in the house, we assumed we would be ok just to look around the gardens. Our nephew loves Peter Rabbit so we also thought it would be nice to grab him a gift from the gift shop on the way out,
So, we wandered down to the house - all very beautiful and picturesque - took a photo, and turned to leave. A woman came out and asked us our time slot. I explained we had no time slot and that we were just looking at the gardens. Her tone immediately changed and she furiously stated: ‘you are aware that you have to pay’. To this I responded, ‘no, we weren’t’. Then, she very angrily, and in an extraordinarily rude tone demanded that we ‘leave the premises immediately’. I honestly can not recall a time I have been spoken to so rudely by a member of staff in all my adult life. Her attitude and tone was disgusting. If we were in the wrong to assume it was free to look at a garden and the outside of a house, then I would happily apologise. However, this particular member of staff did not give such an opportunity with her rudeness. To say I was livid is an understatement.
I would strongly suggest that the National Trust clearly states at the entrance ‘no admittance without a ticket’ thus avoiding confusion in the future. I would also suggest that the staff they employ be given training on appropriate ways of addressing the public!
Needless to say we followed the woman’s order to leave, without visiting the gift shop!
Written July 25, 2021
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Daz Easty
Huddersfield, UK230 contributions
Jun 2021
We had a free day membership so used it on a recent trip to the lakes as we were both interested in visiting the place for all the history behind it, and i'm glad it was free as i would be hugely disappointed if i had paid the usual entrance fee for what it was.
The Gardens were nice and well kempt with little 'notes' that Beatrix had wrote placed around it which were nice to read.
The lady guide at the front of the house was very difficult to understand as she spoke broken English and with a mask on made it very difficult to understand the information she was telling us, she was very enthusiastic though and seemed knowledgeable about the history.
The house was lovely though small and although there were some nice displays it would've been helpful had there been some information regarding the hostory of them and what the rooms were used for etc but there was nothing at all.
All in all a nice little place that passed 30-40 minutes but definitely not worth the money they are charging for it.
Wouldn't go again as it's a seen it once typ of place.
Written June 14, 2021
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Leah C
Granborough, UK96 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This place is worth a visit, however it is incredibly small and quite expensive for what it is. Due to covid, tickets were times, however far too many people were able to enter the house at once. Walk ups should be banned in my opinion as staff were struggling to deal with these in addition to people who had booked in advance.

More memorabilia would be interesting on addition to a larger selection in the gift shop.
Written September 14, 2021
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Peter R
Dartford, UK1,228 contributions
Apr 2022
This is a must book at busy times as there is limited carparking and a limit to the number of people allowed into the small house at any one time. On arrival you first visit the booking office at the small carpark to get checked in and then walk about 200 yds up the road to the actual house. As you walk up to the house through the garden there are a few notice boards giving details of what character was influenced by that specific spot. The NT staff are all very enthusiastic about the property and keen to provide visitors with the pre written story of the property. The actual property itself is relatively small with about 5 rooms to look around, but with the numbers limited, moving around is not an issue. As you leave the garden to return to the carpark there is a small shop which has some interesting items for sale.
Written May 26, 2022
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Ellie
United Kingdom22 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Hill Top has been on my to visit list for a long time but sadly this was a disappointing experience.

As other people have said there is very little information about Beatrix Potter and her life in the house. I think the visit would be greatly enhanced by just some simple interpretation signs or handouts so that you can learn about her life.

The stewards in the house were very friendly and knowledgeable however there was very little opportunity to ask any questions as they were busy letting visitors in or chatting to other visitors, so having some information sheets for people to digest in their own time would be helpful. A lot of people are also allowed in at one time, so it is hard to spend a good amount of time in each room as they are very cramped.

Unless you are a member it is quite a pricey visit for the amount of time you spend there.

Thank you to the helpful and friendly staff though!
Written September 11, 2021
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LaJarrie
Southampton, UK491 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit, fascinating to find our more about Beatrix Potter, and her affection for the Lake District. The garden was especially delightful at this time of year, and you can still see how it figures in many of her illustrations. Currently it is pretty essential to book a time slot entry, as people were being turned away when we visited.
Written June 13, 2021
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English Lakes Tours
45 contributions
Aug 2021
We took our guests on a Tale of Beatrix Potter Tour and had a really great time at Hill Top. All of the tickets were pre-booked and we had no trouble parking which is a great start to any day! We walked through the village and into Beatrix's world as our own guide used her copy of the famous children's books to show our guests the exact locations for the illustrations. She told us all about Beatrix Potter's life at Hill Top. It felt as though we had slipped back in time and we half expected Beatrix to appear from behind a bush or something. Everybody loved the house & garden and had a coffee in the orchard before buying gifts in the shop and then moving on to our next Beatrix Potter location. Fabulous day as usual. Thanks to everyone at Hill Top who were so friendly & welcoming. We will be back very soon!
Written August 11, 2021
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Kit Roman
16 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Staff great/knowledgeable. For obvious reasons the cottage is very dark but there is absolutely no written information whatsoever. The guides are able to check for answers on their own sheets. But why these can't be available as handouts I don't know. We would have got an incredible amount more from the visit if we could have had a hand out. Guides cannot respond to everyone's questions at once. We watched a lot of folk who had a quick wander and left soon after full of unanswered questions. If you want to know about Beatrix Potter and the many facets of her great and varied talents, then visit the Gallery in Hawkshead. If you are waiting for a coffee at Joey's outdoor cafe do ensure you give yourself at least half an hour to stand in a queue of 4 people. It must be the slowest service in Europe and quite a few had to give up the wait in order not to miss their allotted viewing slot for the house.
Written September 9, 2021
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