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Beatrix Potter and the Lake District

Famous for writing the enchanting nursery tales about legendary characters such as: Peter Rabbit tm, Squirrel Nutkin and Jemima Puddleduck. As a child Beatrix Potter holidayed regularly in the Lake District and later moved to the area whereupon she bought Hilltop Farm, one of several historic homes in the area now owned by the National Trust and open to the public.

The Lake District and her love of animals were an inspiration to her throughout her life and were the influence behind her imaginative stories, watercolour drawings and sketches.

Beatrix Potter wrote most of her stories at Hilltop, some of which Hill Top is even the setting for, namely Tom Kitten and Samuel Whiskers. Upon her death in December 1943, Beatrix Potter bequeathed 4000 acres of land to the National Trust, including 14 farms, cottages and many local areas of beauty including Tarn Hows.

Find out more about Beatrix Potter at the following attractions:

Hill Top, Sawrey
Hilltop is a delightful 17th Century house and was once home to Beatrix Potter and it was here where she wrote many of her famous children's stories. Hill Top is now owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. Hilltop retains much of its original character and is furnished just as it would have been during her day. Many of Beatrix Potter's 'treasures' are on display.

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Windermere
Learn more about Beatrix Potter's life and the stories she wrote. All 23 of Beatrix Potter's tales are brought to life in three dimensions at the World of Beatrix Potter. Explore Peter Rabbit's garden and Mr McGregors Greenhouse and relive Jemima Puddleduck's adventures. You can also take a virtual walk through Lakeland and discover the inspiration behind Beatrix Potter's tales and her famous literary figures.

Tarn Hows
Only a short distance from Sawrey is Tarn Hows, bought by Beatrix Potter this popular beauty spot is ideal for a leisurely walk and picnic.

Steamboat Museum, Windermere
Beatrix Potter's rowing-boat is on display here at the Windermere Steamboats & Museum. In addition to this there is a unique and historic collection of Steam and Motor Boats, or you can enjoy a trip on a launch or enjoy Arthur Ransome's "Swallows and Amazons" exhibition.

Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead
This unique gallery is housed in a 17th Century Lakeland town house and contains a fascinating exhibition on the life of Beatrix Potter. It includes many of her original works and story book illustrations. There are also occasional story readings for families.

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