This 17th century building was once the office of Beatrix Potter's husband, WIlliam Heelis, a local solicitor. It now houses a varying, well-presented exhibition which I found informative and fascinating. Unfrightened by modern technology, the curators have introduced tough screens to take us through some of the Potter treasures and guide the visitor through what it might have been like to go on holiday with the Potters.
The confined stairs reflect the age of the building and may be an obstacle to some, but they open up more displays of original Potter illustrations. These are not on display at Hill Top, Beatrix's farmhouse near Sawrey. There are spots where both children and adults can settle. Games are available for youngsters and a range of reference books tempt adults to browse and learn in a couple of comfy chairs.
Hawkshead village car park is quite close and large: a boon in the Lakes where parking is so often difficult.
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