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Sizergh Castle, Kendal
(4.2/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
Gifted to the National Trust in 1950 but still inhabited by the Strickland family, Sizergh Castle houses a 14th-century solar tower surrounded by a Tudor house. Admire the Elizabethan oak-paneled interiors, inlaid chamber, period furniture and centuries-old portraits. Explore the seven-hectare Dutch garden, which includes a pond, lake, a national collection of ferns and the largest limestone rock garden belonging to the National Trust. Try to spot a Hawfinch, an elusive bird best seen in winter and spring. View the night sky unobstructed by light pollution from Church Fell and browse the gift shop and plant sales before you go. Check for events online in advance. There is 142 mi (229 km) of parking. To visit Sizergh Castle and other attractions in Kendal, use our Kendal holiday planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • We were having a wonderful time here after getting our tickets a wonderful lady on the till directed us to the barn for some pumpkim carving. The kids loved it as did mum and dad. Everyone in the barn...  more »
  • Very enjoyable visit. Usual high standards offering a brew, a view and a loo. All staff and volunteers pleasant and professional. Thanks. 
  • My wife and I as NT/HHA members were visiting properties whilst vacationing for three days in Cumbria and started with Sizergh Castle ( been in the hands of the Strickland family since 1239 and have g...  more »
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  • Great house with knowledgeable staff. Plenty to do for kids in the grounds, in particular the wild trail which leads around the wooded grounds for over a mile. Simple clues and wooden sculptures of insects and other animals show you the way. However, some indication of how long this takes would have been useful at the start. The cafe is up to usual high National Trust standards and the "Stumpery" - a garden filled with tree stumps alongside flowers - is also worth a look.
  • Small for an NT attraction, but very pretty and interesting. Nice old formal gardens, although starting to look a bit tired when we visited in mid October - plan to come back in the spring. The car park is a great base for some good walks nearby. A public footpath runs right through the property, so you can get a good view of the house and some of the gardens without paying to get in. Dogs not allowed in the house or gardens.
  • Beautiful building owned by National Trust in beautiful surroundings. Friendly staff, ample parking and a cafe. A great day out for all! One thing to note and it nothing to do with the Sizergh or National Trust - do NOT trust Google maps directions as they are incorrect coming from the M6/A6 direction. The map tries to send you along a no entry lane, come off at Brettagh Holt roundabout instead.
  • Had a great family day out. Inside the castle was a variety of interesting rooms with helpful and knowledgeable guides. The gardens were beautifully kept and the cafe was good value for money. Definitely going again.
  • A really great place to spend an hour or two on way to or from lake district, the garden is unbelievably beautiful, when we were there the house itself was close, as it was Friday, but the garden alone was worth it. (There is plenty of parking there, and the entrance is about 11 pound per adult)