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“Massively Overpriced”
Review of Levens Hall

Levens Hall
Ranked #1 of 42 things to do in Kendal
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Levens Hall is an Elizabethan historic house and garden, located at the entrance to the Lake District in the county of Cumbria.
Reviewed June 7, 2011

We were stuck between going to Sizergh Castle or Levens Hall and decided to visit the latter as it opened earlier. I wish I had chosen the former as Levens Hall was very expensive at £11.50 for an adult. My partner and I both work in museums and visit a lot of historical attractions and we both thought that Levens Hall was fairly mediocre: the house was quite interesting but there is a real lack of information about its history, or the history of the family, instead it is mostly given over to the Napoleonic artefacts that the family had acquired. In all, the information inside the house was fairly amateurish. The gardens had some pretty striking topiary, but were also quite average apart from that. Overall for that sort of price you expect a top-notch historic house and a really good visitor experience (like excellent information, free guided tours, etc.). Unfortunately this wasn't the case. I understand that these places need money for their upkeep, but in my mind Levens Hall was worth about half as much as they were charging, in comparison to similar attractions.

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Reviewed August 15, 2010

If your ever in this part of the world, a walk round the gardens here is a must! For those with a flare for a little history the hall is an excellent place to take a trip back in time.
We turned up with an appetite so a visit to the restaurant was called for and would recommend this to all.
All in all, well worth a visit.

1  Thank Auris57
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Reviewed May 6, 2008

We've visited Levens Hall several times. It's the garden that attracts.

You turn off the main road and along a drive to the car park. The entrance has a smallish kiosk and you pick house, garden or both. We always choose garden only as its quite pricey and the house although full of character and interesting for one visit isn't that exciting.

So you walk past the house entrance and through a small door in a wall and are confronted by what I think is the greatest topiary anywhere. You can walk among it and sit inside the tree shapes. It's interplanted with flowers that are changed with the seasons.

The garden is divided into areas by tall beech hedges. So you can view the vegetable area, the fountain area, the orchard, the croquet lawn as well.

The house itself provides a picturesque backdrop to all these areas. It's a squarish largish typical Elizabethan house with small domes. We went round it once and that was fine but its not really worth two visits.

There is an old steam roller, very elaborate looking that is stored in a building next to the house. In summer it chugs around outside.

There is also quite a pleasant shop, good toilets and a cafe within the house, but with free entry, and with seating outside.

The garden is definitely worth a visit and we bought some nice locally made chutney in the shop.

Nearby is Sizergh Castle NT only a couple of miles away, if that. Arnside and Silverdale are pleasant enough for a stroll as well with their estuary views and the tidal bore on the River Kent along with the long railway bridge. There is also Leighton Hall home to the famous furniture makers the Gillow family. Also Leighton Moss the RSPB Bird Reserve. Kendal Mint Cake being one of the best known local specialities and a personal favourite, although too sweet for some.

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Reviewed August 15, 2007

I had always fancied a look around Levens Hall after seeing it on various gardening shows (and Most Haunted!) The gardens themselves are beautiful and very well looked after. In fact it is very hard to fault them in any way. The Hall itself is also impressive, and you are free to wander from room to room, looking at the various antiques on display.

There is a tea room, with home baking (also okay) and a small shop. My only real criticism is it is overpriced. £9.50 seems very excessive, when all you can do is wander round a few rooms in a house and look round a large garden (there is only so many flowers you can look at!) We only spent a couple of hours here, you would be stretched to spend much longer. Sizergh Castle is much better.

3  Thank Nora_B
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Reviewed August 23, 2004

The Hall itself is the usual old home opened to the public. The gardens were better than the Hall and the topiary is worth seeing but dont expect to be amazed. The tea rooms are a godsend - lovely home cooked food!

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