Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour and Lake Cruise from Windmere

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in England
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Tour description

Discover the locations that inspired Beatrix Potter on a 4.5-hour Lake District afternoon tour. Embark on a cruise across the majestic Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake. Visit Hill Top farm, Beatrix Potter’s former home, and see the landscapes that inspired some of her books. (You can go inside Beatrix's house for an additional £11.80 per adult and £5.90 per child which is payable on the day). Continue on to the charming medieval village of Hawkshead, where poet William Wordsworth attended school, and then to Tarn Hows, a scenic beauty spot with lake and woodland views. Learn more about the much-loved children’s author from your knowledgeable guide.

Surround yourself with the scenery that inspired Beatrix Potter's enchanting tales during a half-day tour in the Lake District National Park. This tour gives you the chance to visit the author's home, and explore the medieval Hawkshead and scenic Tarn Hows. The tour starts as we make our way to Hill Top, the 17th-century home that Beatrix Potter used as an artistic retreat. Stroll through the colourful garden, home to various flowers, vegetables and herbs.  A tour of the old 17th-century farmhouse can be available for an additional £11.80 per adult and £5.90 per child which is payable on the day. The House and Gardens remain as it was when Beatrix Potter herself lived there. Your next destination is the nearby medieval township of Hawkshead, which was originally owned by the monks of Furness Abbey until the 12th century. Spend time exploring the ancient charms of the village, including the 14th-century Hawkshead Parish Church and the grammar school where poet William Wordsworth was educated Later, head to Tarn Hows, a picturesque area of the Lake District National Park that was once owned by Beatrix Potter. Learn about the challenges the author faced in purchasing it in an attempt to preserve it from development, and how it became part of England's National Trust. The afternoon concludes with a cruise down England’s largest lake, Windermere, offering unrivalled views towards the mountains.Please note: Hill Top house is not open on Fridays outside of June, July & August.

What's included

  • Transport in a small mini-coach
  • On-board commentary in English
  • Windermere Lake Cruise

What's not included

  • Food & drink
  • Additional Entrance fees
  • Drivers gratuity (Optional)
  • Entrance to Hilltop is not included but can be available for an additional £11.80 per adult and £5.90 per child which will be payable on the day.


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Popular choice with kids