Beatrix Potter is best known for her beautifully illustrated children’s books which are still loved by children around the world 50 years on. Hawkshead and the surrounding countryside is where she wrote many of her books and it is the perfect place to find out more about her life and the wildlife and landscape that inspired her.
For even more information about Beatrix Potter and the places that inspired her, check out our Beatrix Potter biography.
The World of Beatrix Potter
See a different exhibition every year in the delightful 17th-century building, formerly the law offices of Beatrix Potter’s husband. Be inspired by Beatrix Potter’s exquisite original artwork; there are children’s activities and spaces to create a masterpiece of your own too, as well as interactive exhibits.
Stay at Weavers Loft near Hawkshead, a beautiful cottage for three guests. Special features include stunning views over the Esthwaite Valley and 5 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds to enjoy. Two dogs are welcome at Weavers Loft, making it a superb choice for young families and couples. Within easy driving distance of Hawkshead, Lake Windermere and Coniston Water.
A must see for any fan of the Little Tales, walk in the footsteps of Jemima Puddle-Duck and Tom Kitten and explore the charming cottage in Near Sawrey Beatrix Potter once lived in. Packed full of her own treasures, follow the clues on the children’s trail and spot the scenes Beatrix painted for her Little Tales. Hill Top and its surroundings acted as the inspiration for many of her books, and each room of the house contains not only her most treasured possessions but also a reference to one of her best-loved Tales.
Beatrix Potter was sixteen when she holidayed at this dramatic Victorian Gothic castle - the beginning of her love affair with the Lake District. The original contents have gone but you can go wild in the play area - complete with a mini wooden fort to conquer. Explore the Peter Rabbit adventure rooms, dress up as a knight or princess, picnic on the terrace and take in the amazing views across Lake Windermere.
The home of Beatrix’s cousin Edith, Beatrix was a regular visitor to Brockhole, with the house making a frequent mention in her journals. Here you can follow the excellent Beatrix Potter trail around the lakeshore grounds - an activity sheet will help you explore and discover the wildlife that inspired her stories.
Stay at Thirlmere 16, a lovely four bedroom holiday cottage near the shoreline of Lake Windermere. Set within a holiday park, you have full access to all of its shared facilities. You can enjoy your own private hot-tub, as well as use of a gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and a handy on-site shop and restaurant.
The World of Beatrix Potter is an incredibly popular attraction for children and adults alike. Visitors can step into 3D scenes from the books and experience the sights and sounds of Beatrix Potter's much-loved characters. Among the iconic scenes, you can visit are Peter Rabbit's garden, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle's kitchen and Jemima Puddle-Duck's woodland glade.
Map of attractions
Find all of the days out mentioned above in our handy map below and start discovering Beatrix Potter's Lake District.
We have some lovely holiday cottages close to each of the visitor attractions associated with Beatrix Potter. From stone cottages to lakeside townhouses we have the perfect Lakeland accommodation to provide a superb backdrop for your holiday. Book your Lake District holiday today.