Beatrix potters’ house at hill top & the Beatrix potter gallery in Hawkshead

Beatrix potters’ house at hill top & the beatrix potter gallery in Hawkshead

{ A home educating adventure in the lake district)

With the coming of the sunshine in July we decided to make a spur of the moment decision to take the kiddies on a little travelling adventure to the lake district. We had always wanted to visit after seeing images from there but had never managed to get round to it, and I had always wanted to walk the steps of Beatrix Potter and visit Hill Top.

As well as a mini break away for us and the children it came all packaged up in a lovely educational bow, and so the first of our educational visits when we landed in the lakes after a 5am start was the much longed for visit to Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter ran by the national trust .


A selection of photographs from in Beatrix Potters garden at Hill top { Taken by Amelia 9 and bodie 14 }


A selection of photographs from inside Hill Top , Beatrix Potters House { By me thirty something & Bodie 14 }


Now a word to be said about Hill Top (and the beatrix potter gallery and museum in Hawkeshead – images below ) . Our family with children over the years ranging from 0 to nearly 15 years old have visited a LOT of national trust and english heritage properties. We love them, like really really LOVE them, but hill top and the gallery in hawkeshead were hands down the most welcoming, child and family friendly out of any we have ever been too. Thats not to say they had the *most* for young children to do (it is a precious house and space is very limited but they have certainly made good use of what room they have with images from the books, copies of some of her books dotted around the house and a small garden trail) Where hill top really came into it’s own were the staff , they were amazing, showing the children Beatrix’s books, and pointing out images that were in the books and their places in the houses, asking about which of the books were their favourites and why, and giving little facts and details, whilst all the time, even though they’d probably asked the same questions a thousand times before you got the impression that they were genuinely interested in your children, and wanted them to be there, which given this is such a precious piece of history that if anything happened to anything there , it couldn’t be replaced, is pretty flipping amazing ! Anyways needless to say we will be back again when we take our second, longer trip to the lakes in September complete with the kids bikes, and a boat, straight of the back of swallows and amazons hitting the cinema in august:)

The Beatrix Potter Gallery & Museum in Hawkshead


If I could give one bit of advice about hill top it would be to read a bit about it before you go. Whilst we were there we bought a short guide book for the house and although I read a bit whilst we were there, I didn’t finish until a couple of days later , we had been meaning to go back afterwards as Amelia and Oska wanted to go back and see some of the bits we had read about , but we ran out of time. Our plan is to reread the guide and watch the film again before we go back in September so the books, guide book and film are all fresh in their minds.


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