Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Windermere
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  • 4 hours
  • Windermere
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  • Cancellable

Overview

On this tour you will get to see:
• Wray Castle where Beatrix spent her 16th birthday and first discovered the Lake District.
• Near Sawrey village which Beatrix visited often, used as inspiration for her illustrations and where she happily settled and married.
• Hill Top, the house which Beatrix bought from the money she made from the publication of Peter Rabbit.
• Esthwaite Water where Beatrix fished from her boat.
• Hawkshead village
• Tarn Hows bought by Beatrix  and regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District.
• Coniston Water with spectacular views of the lake and Coniston Old Man
• Yewdale Valley where Beatrix owned farms and land including Yew Tree Farm used in the film Miss Potter.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Wray Castle, Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA England

Your afternoon starts with a visit to Wray Castle for spectacular scenery and lake views. This is the holiday home where Beatrix first fell in love with the Lake District.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House, Main St Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0LF England

While on holiday, Beatrix visited many of the small villages in the area and Near Sawrey became her favourite. This village features in many of her "little books" illustrations. The Tower Bank Arms is immediately recognisable as the place where Kep, the collie-dog goes looking for the two fox-hound puppies to rescue Jemima Puddle-duck. You will be amazed when you see it, exactly like it is in the book!

One of the reasons why Beatrix visited Near Sawrey so often was because while staying on holiday in the area, the Potter's coachman and his family were lodging at a farm there. That farm was Hill Top and is the one Beatrix later bought with the profits from publishing Peter Rabbit. She often visited her 'holiday home' Hill Top and wrote many more books here which were inspired by the people and the places around her in this beautiful part of England.

We stop at Near Sawrey and Hill Top for you to see the locations which are so recognisable in the books and the place where Beatrix Potter lived. Entry to Hill Top IS included in the price of this tour.

Our guide will take you on a short walk through the village, pointing out the various locations Beatrix used in her books.

Duration: 40 minutes

Pass By: Esthwaite water trout fishery, The Boathouse Ridding Wood, Hawkshead, Ambleside England

Close by Hill Top is Esthwaite Water where Beatrix walked while courting her future husband, William Heelis. This was a favourite spot for Beatrix who thought it "the most beautiful of the Lakes".

Stop At: Hawkshead Grammar School Museum, Old School House Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT England

William Heelis was a solicitor who advised Beatrix about her land purchases. His offices were in Hawkshead village. Your guide will take you on a short tour of this, "the most picturesque village in the Lake District".

Duration: 25 minutes

Pass By: Beatrix Potter Gallery Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NS England

This is where William Heelis had his solicitors office and known well to Beatrix Potter.

Stop At: Tarn Hows, Lake District National Park, Coniston LA21 8AQ England

Beatrix bought a lot of land in the Lake District and owned the beauty spot Tarn Hows. Here you will have a photo opportunity.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Coniston Water, Coniston England

After a short scenic drive, Coniston Water comes into view. Coniston Water is the fifth largest lake in the Lake District and is the straightest. You will have a short stop here to admire the view and see the famous fell of Coniston Old Man towering over the village and the lake.

Beatrix also owned a lot of farms in the area and as we travel down the Yewdale Valley back to Ambleside, you will see Yew Tree Farm, famous as a location in the film "Miss Potter".

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Windermere, Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This is one of our pickup points

Pass By: Bowness-on-Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This is one of our pickup points

Pass By: Ambleside, Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This is one of our pickup points

Inclusions
  • Entry into Hill Top (Beatrix Potter's house) is included in the price
  • All entrance fees for locations on the itinerary are included
  • Relaxed and friendly small-group tour of no more than 7 guests
  • Professional Guides share their expertise of all the fascinating facts and stories in English
  • Departure and return to convenient, centrally located meeting points
  • Comfortable minivans with air-conditioning, WiFi and charging points for most mobile devices
  • Regular photo / comfort stops
  • Entry/Admission - Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House

Exclusions
  • Food & drink
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The English Lake District weather can change quickly, even in the summer months. Please bring a waterproof coat with a hood in case of rain or windy weather
  • As there is a little walking involved on the tour, some uphill and on uneven or wet terrain, please wear suitable, comfortable shoes
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All passengers, including children of any age, must have a seat purchased for them
  • We will collect you from the departure point linked to your chosen option. Please do not change to a different departure point without informing us in advance as we don't automatically go to every departure point. If we don't know you have changed your departure point we may not pick you up for the tour!
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Departure Point

1: Windermere LA23, UK
2: Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23, UK
3: Ambleside LA22, UK


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

4 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

M5716TDjimt

10 Sep, 2022

My wife and I traveled from the US to see the Lake District - in all its glory, as mainly preserved by the efforts of one incredible, multi-talented woman: Beatrix Potter. She is an inspiration and role model to us both. Tim, our tour guide, took us to her farm, Hill Top, as well as to many other significant locations: Wray Castle, Hawkshead Village, Yewtree Farm, and several others. We were on the afternoon, 4 1/2 hour tour. His information and analysis were spot on - we learned so much - peppering him with so many questions, which he answered knowledgeably and patiently. Tim gets an A+ from us two persnickety Potter fans. We recommend the tour to all.

Lynn_W

18 Aug, 2022

The tour was so informative about Beatrix Potter's life and learning about all that she contributed to the Lake District was just amazing. The scenery was breathtaking.... We loved seeing the sites that were captured in her stories and illustrations, to see them in real life was just amazing. Our guide was so knowledgeable and so passionate about her life. I would do it again!

sandz6969

14 Aug, 2022

This was an amazing experience . If you think you know all about Beatrix Potter think again. This tours was very informative.

E1081SKelizabethw

03 Jul, 2022

Enjoyed this tour so much when I visited on my own in 2019 that I came back a second time and brought my whole family. It was just as magical as the first time. Tim was definitely an expert guide on Beatrix. Provided an extensive and detailed narration about her life at each stop and while we drove from place to place. Loved that he had all the little books tucked in his jacket to pull out and show the illustrations of the locations we visited!

christineg439

23 Jun, 2022

What a wonderful tour from start to finish! A wealth of information delivered in an engaging way, brought the world of Beatrix Potter back to life. Truly memorable.

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