Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead

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The Beatrix Potter Gallery is a gallery run by the National Trust and situated in a 17th-century stone-built house in Hawkshead, Cumbria, England. It is dedicated to presenting original book illustrations by Beatrix Potter.On display are original sketches and watercolours painted by Potter for her children's stories as well as artifacts and information relating to her life and work. The display changes annually. The 17th-century building is listed grade II. It was at one time the law office of Potter's husband, William Heelis. Its interior remains substantially unaltered.
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  • Stepping inside this 17th century building originally her husbands solicitor business office which remains unaltered , you cannot fail but to get swept into Beatrix Potters world of her original drawi...  more »
  • A lovely play to visit just 5 minutes away from the main car park. The house itself is only small with low doorways so watch out. There is a lot of very interesting information available and original ...  more »
  • Lovely opportunity to reflect on Beatrix Potter’s life and creativity - who knew she funded the local district nurse , even funding a car so she could reach more residents of Hawksheaf❤️  more »
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  • Great gallery. Lots of interesting information on Beatrix Potters life. Well worth a visit if in the area. Then a well deserved bacon butty at the local shop. Then wonder down the road to visit Hill Top.
  • Lovely location in very pretty village. Nicely laid out given constraints of space in tiny two storey office building. Excellent visuals and graphics showing her works and influence on the community she lived in. Highly recommended.
  • I really enjoyed visiting this gallery as I read lots of Beatrix Potter's books as a kid. The property itself is very charming and quaint (narrow staircases and low door frames) and the information detailing Beatrix's life is interesting and at times very funny. It doesn't take long to get around and so is a nice little addition to a visit to Hawkshead.
  • Pretty village worth a short drive. Slightly spoiled by the number of coach trippers wandering round in clumps. Saved by the excellent Sun cottage cafe and the little ice cream parlour which does huge delicious ice creams.
  • Fascinating. I couldn't believe her illustrations were actually that small ie same size as in the books.
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