One of the most gorgeous counties in England lies in the north-west, close to the border with Scotland. Cumbria is not only home to the world famous Lake District, but also comprises parts of the Yorkshire Dales, and a plethora of welcoming and picturesque towns and villages. It's not only natural beauty that lures in visitors to Cumbria, however. The county also boasts an impressive and fascinating cultural history. The Beatrix Potter Gallery is a testament to one of the country's best-loved artists and writers. Situated in Hawkshead, just west of Windermere, there are plenty of fine hotels nearby.
The Beatrix Potter Gallery
The Beatrix Potter Gallery is dedicated to the life and work of one of England's best-loved artists. Within the pretty 17th-century stone building - which used to serve as her husband's legal office - visitors will find a collection of original sketches and watercolours.
There's a kids' quiz to keep the young ones entertained, and Braille guides available for blind visitors. There's parking nearby, and plenty of chance to grab a refreshment in the village of Hawkshead.
Surrounded By Nature
As is clear from her artwork, Beatrix Potter loved nature. The gallery is surrounded by some of the most breath-taking landscapes in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to get out and explore. The famous Lake Windermere is just minutes away, as are plenty of exciting walking trails to suit all abilities.
Hotels near the Gallery
As the gallery is not far at all from one of the county's foremost attractions, visitors have their pick of some of the finest hotels in Cumbria. From small and charming B&Bs to expansive country estates and luxurious spa hotels, there really is something for everyone in this northern county.
Those keen to stay in Hawkshead itself can book into The Queen's Head Inn and Restaurant. The food is excellent, and there's an enchanting and traditional inn atmosphere. Guests can plan their daily route over breakfast using the hotel's free WiFi. In winter, guests can return to the comfort of the restaurant and warm themselves up by the open fireplace.