An impressive sight with its turrets and battlements, this mock-Gothic castle was built in 1840 for James Dawson, a retired doctor from Liverpool, but it has been owned by the National Trust since 1929. Though the interior is largely empty, the lakeside grounds are glorious. It was once used as a holiday home by Beatrix Potter's family.

The best way to arrive is by boat from Bowness; there's limited parking and preference is given to nondriving visitors on busy days.

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Spectacular Ten Lakes Day Trip from Windermere