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Sizergh Castle, Kendal

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Must see · 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. Put Sizergh Castle at the forefront of your travel plans using our Kendal visit site.
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  • On a wet autumnal day, we visited Sizergh Castle with its different gardens, some housing part of the National Collection of ferns, and with lots of glorious autumnal colour. The estate was in the.....  more »
  • Good day out. Small garden and parts of it were unfortunately closed when we were there. The apple orchard was good. Shame to see all the windfalls rotting on the ground, we took a bag home with...  more »
  • We had to pre book online the walk. Kids really enjoyed it. Nice gardens too. As it was a rainy day we didnt spend much time in the gardens.  more »
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  • Wonderful old house/Castle. Great location and excellently placed for southern Lakes Barrow and nearby motorway. Lovely gardens. Good for young children. Owned by National Trust whose attendants are very friendly and a font of information. Well worth the visit and again and again
  • My wife and I were well impressed with the beautiful grounds, well stocked gardens and amazing variety of trees. Our tour of the house and its family history explained by the knowledge volunteers was most informative and interesting. A truly enjoyable experience well worth a visit.
  • Steeped in history, very well laid out by the Trust too. The Strickland family are still in residence and have been all along which makes it even more interesting. The gardens are superb and I'd also reccomend the Sizergh wildlife / fell walk for an easy 1hr 30 minute ramble. Well worth the visit.
  • Lovely place. Beautiful gardens and the house is very interesting but don't appreciate the hard sell to join National Trust. Asked three times before we had even paid to get in.
  • Lovely big cafe with covered outdoor seating, nice shop through to the gardens and house. Nice to wander around knowing that the family still live in part of it and use the dining room on special occasions and Christmas. Gardens have changed since I was last here 15 years ago - but still as lovely to walk around and admire. Would recommend a visit

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