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- Much to see at this Historic House property. There is also a walk along the river which worth an explore.Written October 20, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A wonderful visit. There is plenty of parking. We had a great walk with our dogs. Excellent visitor centre, with some nice gifts and cards. The cafe was great and we had really tasty meals and nice coffee. Good toilet facilities. We had an enjoyable walk round the garden too. A bonus is that it was free to National Trust members.Written November 27, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Absolutely great day out. Staff are soo friendly. The animal’s are amazing and the food is delicious.Written November 12, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Went for cinema, food, drinks and had a wonderful time. Friendly staff always happy to help and will returning again soon.Written April 26, 2023
- We enjoyed the tapestries and the interpretation boards. The introductory 5min video set the scene well and the short film with headphones was a welcome change 1/2 way round. We recommend allowing 2&1/2hrs. We could have taken a break in the cafe part way round. Glad we got there at 10 before it got busy.Written October 19, 2023
- Absolutely fantastic collection of taxidermy. Well worth a visit and the entry fee. Didn’t spend as long in the main area, there was a lot of improvement going on and it felt cluttered with exhibits being moved around.
The children’s play area is a lovely touch and right next to the tea/coffee so can sit and watch your kids play while you take a breather if you need one.Written November 3, 2023
- These ruins are the former family home of the Parr family until Queen Katherine Parr became queen. It is located on a hilltop with wonderful views over the town of Kendal, as well as the countryside. Make sure to read the panels to better understand the layout of the castle.Written October 10, 2023
- We absolutely love it here!! We live in Kendal and come here very regularly. There is nothing else like it in the local area.
I have a 3&4 year old and they always ask to come here.
Would massively recommend to anyone with young kids - great coffee and cake too 😍Written July 3, 2023
- This is a small but beautiful gallery. We saw the Julie Brook exhibition. If you visit be prepared to watch the videos, each is about 15/20 mins long and there are at least five of them. Sometimes it feels like nothing is happening but I found it a rather meditative experience and the more I saw about how Julie Brook works the more amazing a woman and artist she seemed. I loved her drawings, paintings and photographs too, evocative. We virtually had the gallery to ourselves, a calming still place to wander in. There are a small number of other paintings/sculptures on show which gave me time to really look at them properly. We took two hours then needed a break - picnic lunch in the park outside and coffee from the gallery shop - then back in for another hour to finish viewing the exhibition. BBC4 have a documentary 'Forest Field and Sky: Art out of nature' this is on show in the gallery but you can watch it on i-player too. I think I enjoyed the exhibition more having watched that programme first as it gave me a better understanding of landscape artists like Julie Brook. After the exhibition the title "What is it that will last" is resonating with me. £9 for three enjoyable hours seems ok, especially as I can use the ticket again to visit Abbot Hall anytime in the next yearWritten August 11, 2023
- A real gem of a reserve and difficult to find if you don't know about it. The ospreys are there in the Summer. The nest is a really long way off (which is a good thing) but they are visible with good binoculars or a powerful telescope. I went in June and they were very apparent if distant. There is plenty going on even in November. I cannot remember seeing such well attended bird feeders with some interesting special including coal tits, tree sparrows, a greater spotted woodpecker and a water rail, to name but a few. The boardwalk is well maintained and the environment excellent for all types of nature lover (again, November probably not the best time!). Well worth an hour of your time and no charge incurred although there is often a volunteer there to encourage you to join the Cumbria Wildlife trust (only £60 per year and a very good cause!).Written December 5, 2023
- We loved everything about our visit to this local Museum. The receptionist was very friendly and helpful and the shop was well stocked.Written January 9, 2020
- Third time lucky for me yo complete this walk after weather stopped the other 2. We knew the weather was good all day so knew achievable. The first part always seems tough - stoney fairly steep path which gets the lungs working. A bit flatter followed by 4 undulating peaks - Yoke, Ill Bell, Frostwick and Thornthwaite with a few false summits! Worth having a brew a sugary snack during this leg! We then completed High Street the highest point - which after the first 4 didn’t seem that bad and just a gradual climb. Onto Mardale Ill Bell - fairly easy and then a bit of a slog to Harter Fell! Just think tired legs were kicking in here and felt tough. A gradual decline of 4 miles to get back which was easy but a bit boggy at times. The path is fairly easy to follow - especially on the first half!
A tough climb but great views so worth doing! Plenty of snacks are the key!!Written April 1, 2023
- Been back a couple of times and great to see stock changing each time - it’s clearly a thriving business. Well priced items and some great vinyl bargains to be had, a couple of stalls in particular have keenly priced records to suit all tastes. A wide array of collectibles across the stalls as well as some nice pieces of furniture. Really something for everyone and close to town centre so fairly handy.Written October 18, 2023
- The Lake District National Park is a lovely place to go to walk and see amzing scenery. So many friednly people and the servive in most cafes and restaurants were fantastic! I will definetly come againWritten May 8, 2023
- We came here as staying in the lakes nice little place, it is quite hilly so if you have walking difficulties would not recommend but had plenty to seeWritten August 15, 2022
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