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Kendal Sights and Levens Hall

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 of over 10) to cover both attractions

Telephone: 01539 722464  

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. Leave the A590 on the A6 again following signs to Levens Hall (total distance 5 miles).

2.00pm - Arrive at Levens Hall. An Elizabethan mansion, built around a 13th century pele tower. Home to the Bagot family containing superb panelling, plaster work and period furniture. Many paintings and the earliest English patchwork. The world famous topiary gardens were first laid out in 1694 by Monsieur Beaumont. Location for the BBC's "Wives and Daughters".

Telephone: 015395 60321  

5.00pm - Depart Levens Hall for journey home.