Ask in store for a map and route information.
It is best accessed by bike, either from Ambleside along quiet lanes and cycle tracks, or from Bowness via ferry and along the lakeshore cycle track.
This is a National Trust owned Gothic Revival castle. It houses theatrical architecture and lies on the picturesque western shore of Lake Windermere. Here there are towers and turrets galore, and wonderful grounds to be explored.
There is a woodland playground to let the kids blow off some steam and the original kitchen courtyard has been brought back to life with a cafe run by local foodies. There you can find coffee, ice cream and meals so you can grab some refreshments without even entering the castle grounds.
Inside there is a fancy dress room, a picnic room, a castle building room, a games room, as well as more historical and educational rooms. Follow the castle's journey from a family home, to an institution and finally as a public place for all to enjoy.
It was also the first site Beatrix Potter stayed in the Lake District and where she fell in love with the Cumbrian countryside. This prompted her to move to Hilltop, not far away, a few years later.
A great place to visit for anyone and everyone. There is plenty to entertain children and break up a ride, as well as historical interest for the adults.