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“Not dog friendly”

Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens
Ranked #11 of 55 things to do in Penrith
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Dalemain has been the home of the Hasell-McCosh Family for eleven generations. Here, visitors can discover and enjoy a fine mixture of Mediaeval, Tudor & early Georgian architecture and Award Winning Gardens, richly planted with unusual combinations of flowers and shrubs. Highlights include the Rose Walk, Ancient Apple Trees, Tudor Knot Garden, Blue Himalayan Poppies, Earth Sculpture and Stumpery. Home to the International Marmalade Festival. Homemade food served in the Mediaeval Hall Tearoom, Historic Parkland with the Dacre Walk, Gift Shop with Antiques,Plant Sales, Special Events throughout the year & Group Bookings. Free parking. HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award 2013.
Widnes
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not dog friendly”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

The cafe was nice but unfortunately they did not let dogs beyond this point so could not see the gardens. Perhaps they should consider that well behaved dogs on leads are fine in the gardens (like Hutton in the Forest do).

Visited June 2013
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English first
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
176 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“A 'Main' Attraction !”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Originating in Saxon times and with the Georgian front being added in 1744, Dalemain provided a really enjoyable visit for a mansion house lived-in by the same family currently and for the past 300 years.
As the main house doesn't usually open until 1pm, a pleasant time can be spent exploring the attractive and considerable gardens beforehand. There is also a small shop, and antiques center at the Admission area.
The guides are very helpful and knowledgeable and will take time to explain about life 'above and below stairs' !
There is a pleasant tea-room in what was once the Great Hall, and don't miss the undersold museum of farming antiquities in the building across the courtyard.

Visited May 2013
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2 Thank steve4you
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Warm and friendly welcome”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

We visited Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens today and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It was like taking a step back in time.
The Guides in the house were very knowledgeable and it was fascinating to hear the history of the family that still live here today.
The gardens were looking very good in the sunshine and very well kept and well worth a visit, we especially liked the Tudor Knot Garden, the children's garden and sleeping giantess, whilst quirky they are very interesting and a lot of love and care has gone into them.
Dalemain is definitely a family home and this can be sensed in the warmth and quirkiness that is exudes. Tearoom well worth a visit too, freshly made scones were delicious and home-made soup. We even took home a few jars of the famous Dalemain Marmalade.
We too agree what every Country House should be. If you want English eccentricity and a sense of history, a step back in time, Dalemain is the place to visit.

Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Paul H
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Winsford, England, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“less definitely not more”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We only had a limited time to enjoy the trip round the house. The room stewards were knowledgeable and helpful, but we were the only visitors and felt rushed. Not many rooms to view and the guide book was over 10 years out of date. The cost of the visit was ridiculously high for what you got. £10 or £9 for seniors. This included a very scruffy garden which really was in a shocking state of neglect, and we felt pretty much disappointed and would not recommend anyone to go unless they wanted to sample the tea rooms.

Visited April 2013
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2 Thank Stuart T
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Penrith, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Marmalade Festival”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Spent a lovely afternoon at the Marmalade Festival. Our Daughter especially enjoyed herself trying to pinch Paddington Bear's sandwich, then having her face painted and then spent ages dancing to the live music playing at the entrance. Overall had a great time and would definitely go again.

Visited March 2013
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