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Sizergh Castle, Kendal

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 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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  • Have visited this property many times which is a little gem. A truly lovely property. On this occasion we visited the beautiful grounds, walked out of the car park on to a footpath to Heslington Churc...  read more »
  • The Castle is wonderful and so beautifully looked after. Gardens are just as good. The National Trust cafe is a great addition and you can sit outside under the shelter even when it's raining. The gro...  read more »
  • Fab place with very knowledgeable staff ... the gardens are amazing and very well kept (can the gardeners come to my house and sort my garden?) Spent a couple of hours here and would go again National...  read more »
  • Our trip to Sizergh Castle with four small children (5, 5, 3 and 18 months) completely blew our expectations out of the water in so many ways. First of all, the Tudor interiors were amazing. I have seen probably 10 National Trust manors, houses, castles, etc and this was by far my favourite (although I am partial to the Tudor time period of English history). Second of all, the staff was unbelievably welcoming to us and our four little kids. Every single docent (and there was one in every room) made sure our kids were happy and occupied, giving us a chance to look around, and one even made a kind joke (instead of a snide comment) when my three year old decided to play a note on the 16th century spinet... Oops. Thirdly, the wild play path kept my kids (and husband) happily occupied for the hour it took me to do the guided tour (at 11 and 11:20, before the house officially opens). And you just can't beat the loveliness of the Sizergh gardens in spring, they certainly met our high expectations. All in all, an amazing day out.
  • Very interesting castle full of history. Excellent room guides. Café also excellent. The large garden with rock garden is interesting throughout the year. Allow plenty of time for visit.
  • Sizergh Castle is a pretty impressive fortress in the Lake District and an absolute must for any castle lover visiting the area. The interior is ok... but the gardens are amazing, and so is the huge pond.
  • Review of the Café only. Friendly staff, plenty of seating, great selection of drinks and food. Amazing location
  • Great place for a walk from the car park up into the fells. The garden at the castle is also a nice place to walk round
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