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Sizergh Castle, Kendal

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Castle Tourist Spot
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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  • Interesting interior and attractive gardens all around the house. Typical Nat Trust shop and a good cafe.  more »
  • Staying nearby, visited twice to see house and gardens. Enjoyed both, impressed with quality of house and extent and range of garden features. Highly recommended.  more »
  • This building is a great example of a castle that has been lived in throughout the years with amazing examples of wood carving over the numerous fire places, there is also many fine examples of wood p...  more »
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  • Great place, only had time for the gardens (they were brilliant) will need to come back again to see them in another season, as well as looking round the house. The volunteers were all friendly and helpful, the cafe, much better than some NT places we have been to. If you do go, I recommend taking the 30 min walk to Helsington Church, spectacular views on a clear day, well worth the walk
  • Favourite National trust garden in Lancashire, love the changing colours of seasons. Castle interesting but staff were rude. Nice food in the cafe.
  • Wow I love it here, great for all ages! Fantastic walks from the car park. Great gardens hall and food!
  • Very pleasant to visit and explore the gardens and castle. Interesting history and guides provide a real insight into the rooms, family and property. Cafe sandwiches a bit of a letdown hense 4.5 stars
  • This is a delightful national trust property with scenic gardens, a fascinating house and plenty to see and do. Gardens include a large rockery, scenic pond, fascinating old barn, burgeoning kitchen garden, an orchard and a newly completed fern garden (unexpectedly fascinating). The house itself is also very interesting, with knowledgeable guides and interesting rooms and artefacts. A great day out.

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