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“Rightly No 1 Attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Levens Hall

Levens Hall
Ranked #1 of 39 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.
Richmond, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 327 helpful votes
“Rightly No 1 Attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

Stunning gardens.

Fabulous house with a real lived in feel.

Some magnificent furniture.

Wonderful clocks.

All lovingly cared for.

Do not miss it!!!

Visited August 2013
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Ascot, United Kingdom
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“Amazing gardens, average house”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

What a fabulous day out! There is so much to do at Leven’s Hall, you could very easily spend a whole day here.

We started our day with a quick look at the steam engines – the smaller one was out and running, giving little rides for children and families. I wasn’t expecting steam engines, so that was a lovely surprise!

The gardens are absolutely spectacular (and this coming from someone who has never been a huge fan of gardens). The topiary has to be seen to be believed, and the gardens are so extensive that you could probably spend half a day just wandering around them. There’s even a willow maze for children.

The house itself was, unfortunately, a bit of a let down – but I admit that this is probably just a case of personal taste. I prefer stately homes that appear more ‘realistic’; I am not such a fan of rooms full of display cases, making it feel more like a museum. Levens Hall are doing a special exhibit this year, to do with their links to the royalty, which further accentuated the ‘museum’ feel.

We also had lunch at the café, and whilst the food was very good when it came, the queue was ridiculous. There was one girl taking orders, and with the number of people there this just wasn’t enough staff out front. It took a good 15/20 minutes from joining the queue to actually ordering food.

The shop is lovely, full of interesting and unusual gifts, rather than the standard tourist fare in every giftshop in the country. And the hens wandering around the gardens and car park were just the icing on the cake!

Visited July 2013
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yorkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

We chose this is a convenient stop on our way to the Lake district with 3 grandchildren aged 15, 13 and 8 and it turned out to be the perfect choice. The topiary is amazing, the herbaceous borders beautifully kept and a pleasant surprise round every corner. Level walking and lots of seating. We didn't visit the house but will next time. As we had taken a picnic we didn't try the café, there were picnic tables near the entrance but we took our picnic to the large benches in the fountain garden. We hadn't expected teenagers to be wowed by a garden but they were, they loved the topiary and thought it was beautiful, they now also know what a Ha Ha is! ' Very sensible not to charge for children, we thought the entrance fee well worth it but may have thought twice if we had to pay for 5 people. Clean toilets and easy parking, altogether delightful and a great 'find'. This is definitely our 'stop off point' on our way to the Lakes in future

Visited July 2013
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful house and gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Levens Hall is owned and lived in by the Bagot family. The house is Elizabethan with fine panelling and ornate plasterwork. The gardens are stunning with interesting topiary, beautiful flower beds and bushes. There is a ha ha also. The deer park across the road is lovely for a walk to see the Bagot goats. They also have a small collection of steam vehicles which are given an outing at Bank Holidays and some Sundays. There is a tea shop, gift shop and plants for sale.

Visited August 2012
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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“A step back in time.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

We began our visit by walking through the amazing gardens, the access was good mainly on flat level ground. The topiary garden was well worth the visit with all its weird and wonderful shapes. The Hall was full of interesting objects and fascinating historical information and the staff were friendly and informative, they spoke with passion about the history of the hall and the families past and present that have resided there. We finished our afternoon visit with a visit to the Bellingham Buttery, the food was well presented but the choice was limited.
With the stunning gardens, quirky gift shop, historical hall and resident ghost there was something for everyone,

Visited September 2012
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