"Hill Top - The home of Peter and Jemima!" Lake District National Park Things to Do Tip by Rachael71
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Beatrix Potter's cottage at Near Sawrey near Hawkshead is one of the most popular tourist spots in the Lake District. Beatrix lived here for several years until her marriage, and kept the cottage on as a place in which to write her stories even after leaving it to live in another house after her marriage. Many of the pictures she painted for her books are of parts of the cottage, and the National Trust has put copies of the books around the place, so that you can easily see where she drew her inspiration. Even the dolls' house that the Two Bad Mice broke into is on display, with the tiny plates of food they tried to eat! One of my favourite parts was the garden, where you can see a wheelbarrow and spade displayed, just as though Mr MacGregor from The Tale of Peter Rabbit had left for a few moments.
The guides at the cottage are extremely knowledgeable and have lots of stories of Beatrix and her life to share. Because the cottage is so tiny, admission is by timed ticket only so beware of visiting on days that are likely to be very busy.
Admission in 2006 was £5.10 per adult, £2.30 per child. Discounted tickets can be purchased if you are also visiting the Beatrix Potter Gallery in nearby Hawkshead, where the original pictures from her books are displayed (none of these are at Hill Top). I haven't visited the gallery yet, but hope to get there soon.
Address: Near Sawrey, near Hawkshead, Ambleside
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