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Historic Houses, Parks & GardensHolker Hall Gardens

South Lakeland boasts some of the most picturesque and beautifully maintained parks and gardens in the world, offering recreational and cultural opportunities, a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of modern life and a place where families can relax, picnic and enjoy themselves in safety.

Our parks are excellent play areas for children and our sweeping grassy areas provide space for sports and recreational activities. Perfect for families are the magnificent lakeside grounds of Brockhole or the National Trust owned Park at Fell Foot, Windermere. If you're in Ulverston, a trip to Ford Park is ideal for little ones, with a playground, restored Victorian kitchen garden, cafe and bistro to enjoy.

Be sure to visit John Ruskin’s former home and gardens at Brantwood, Coniston, with its exotic rhododendron and spring and autumn colour, or see Rydal Mountnear Grasmere, William Wordsworth’s historic home and gardens, which has beautiful fellside terraces and rock pools.

A must-visit are the 25-acres of magical gardens and woodland at Holker Hall near Cartmel, or you can take a trip to the lovely Halecat House & Gardens in Witherslack near Grange-over-Sands. For the real gardening enthusiast, there’s the Royal Horticultural society’s Holehird Gardens, this 17 acre hillside garden has a superb Lakeland setting in Windermere.

No visit to Kendal would be complete without taking in the breathtaking views from the ruins of Kendal Castle, or a visit to the world-famous topiary gardens at Levens Hall. Finishing up at Sizergh Castle with its world famous rock gardens and a wander around the beautiful estate grounds.

For more information and listings of parks and gardens near you, please explore the South Lakeland District Council website. You can also find more things to do in the Lakes over on GoLakes.