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Kendal and Sizergh Castle

9.30am - Visit Kendal Town Centre

Kendal, home of the famous mint cake, has a rich and varied history and offers great shopping, eating and attractions for you to explore at your leisure.

11.00am - Visit Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the adjacent Museum of Lakeland Life. Located in Kirkland, the oldest part of Kendal, the Georgian elegance of Abbot Hall provides an historic setting for an outstanding collection of fine art. Lakeland watercolours hang alongside works by Romney, Ruskin, Constable, Nicholson and Freud. Groups can enjoy high quality temporary exhibitions throughout the year. The Museum of Lakeland Life shows how our Cumbrian ancestors worked, lived and entertained themselves over 200 years.

Special group ticket (for groups over 10) to cover both attractions

Telephone: 01539 722464  Website: www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk

12.30pm - Time to break for lunch and sample one of Kendal's many eating places.

1.30pm - Leave Kendal on the A6, join the A591 south, turning off on the A590 signposted Barrow. Follow signs off A590 to Sizergh Castle. (3.5 miles south of Kendal).

2.00pm - Arrive at Sizergh Castle.
Dating from the 14th century, Sizergh Castle, owned by the National Trust, has a fine collection of Elizabethan carvings and panelling, fine furniture, portraits and Inlaid Chamber.

The beautiful grounds, largely 18th century have a fine rock garden which includes part of the National Collection of hardy ferns. Lovely colours if visiting in Autumn.

Telephone: 015395 60070  Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

5.30pm - Leave Sizergh Castle to return to Kendal.