Visit Hill Top and see for yourself the setting for many of Beatrix Potter’s famous children’s stories. Bought with the proceeds from publishing Peter Rabbit, Hill Top is a quintessentially Beatrix Potter location. Visitors can explore the garden blooming with a variety of herbs and vegetables. Equally, you can also explore the house that she made her home for several years.

While she grew up in Kensington, Beatrix Potter spent her summers in the countryside with her family. Here, she developed a deep appreciation for nature and wildlife. She first published the Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902 and after finding her success as a children’s author, she used the first of her profits to buy Hill Top Farm – an action she would repeat several times in her life. Many of her stories were based around her time living in the Lake District. For example, she wrote the Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck at Hill Top.

Furthermore, she became deeply involved with conservation and later the National Trust. She dedicated much of her time to farming and land conservation and was popular in the local community. Upon her death in 1943, Potter left 4,000 acres and 14 farms to the National Trust to protect them from industrialist landowners. She is commemorated for her conservation and her children’s stories across the Lake District .

Things to do and see:

  • Explore Beatrix Potter’s house and garden that inspired many tales!
  • Joey’s Café in Potter’s orchard is a cosy.
  • A small shop of unique souvenirs and gifts.
  • Second-hand bookshop


There is an accessible toilet on the property.

A lot of the terrain is uneven and there are steps in and out of the garden as well as narrow corridors in the house itself.

Induction loops are available.

There is a designated disabled parking and drop-off point.

Accessible dogs are welcome. Pets dogs must to remain in the garden.

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To visit The World of Beatrix Potter, click here!


Q Are dogs allowed in the house?

Only assistance dogs.

Q How far is Hill Top from Keswick?

Approximately 25 miles.

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