Overview

Levens Hall is an Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th-century pele tower, the much loved home of the Bagot family.

With fine panelling, plasterwork, Cordova leather wall coverings, paintings by Rubens, Lely and Cuyp the earliest English patchwork, an important collection of Jacobean furniture and Wellingtoniana combine with other beautiful objects to form a fascinating collection.

The world-famous Topiary Gardens were laid out by Guillaume Beaumont, Gardener to King James II and Colonel James Grahme, from 1694, and his design has remained largely unchanged to this day. Over 100 individual pieces of topiary, some over nine metres high, massive beech hedges and colourful seasonal bedding provide magnificent visual impact.


Opening
Opening

2020

5 April to 1 October: Sundays to Thursdays.

House: 12pm to 4pm.

Gardens, tearoom, shop: 10am to 5pm.

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///sunshine.unspoiled.dairyWhat does this mean?

Situated 5 miles south of Kendal on A6. 5 minutes from Junction 36 of the M6. Follow brown tourist signs.

Levens Hall is situated on the Cumbria Coastal Way footpath and National Cycle Route 6 passes nearby. We can be reached using local bus routes 555 and 755. Oxenholme station, Kendal is 10 mins away by taxi.

Parking

  • Free
Parking is available and is free for Historic Houses members when visiting the property for free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free. 

House and Gardens 
Adult: £14.50
Child (5-16): £5.00
Family (2+3): £36.00

Gardens only
Adult: £10.50
Child (5-16): £4.00
Family (2+3): £26.00

Single season ticket
Price: £30
Double season ticket
Price £55

More admission details

Group Visits
Group Visits

Private guided tours of House and Gardens are available by prior arrangement only. Groups welcome. Please phone/email to check availability and prices.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

Visit website

Opening
Opening

2020

5 April to 1 October: Sundays to Thursdays.

House: 12pm to 4pm.

Gardens, tearoom, shop: 10am to 5pm.

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///sunshine.unspoiled.dairyWhat does this mean?

Situated 5 miles south of Kendal on A6. 5 minutes from Junction 36 of the M6. Follow brown tourist signs.

Levens Hall is situated on the Cumbria Coastal Way footpath and National Cycle Route 6 passes nearby. We can be reached using local bus routes 555 and 755. Oxenholme station, Kendal is 10 mins away by taxi.

Parking

  • Free
Parking is available and is free for Historic Houses members when visiting the property for free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free. 

House and Gardens 
Adult: £14.50
Child (5-16): £5.00
Family (2+3): £36.00

Gardens only
Adult: £10.50
Child (5-16): £4.00
Family (2+3): £26.00

Single season ticket
Price: £30
Double season ticket
Price £55

More admission details

Group Visits
Group Visits

Private guided tours of House and Gardens are available by prior arrangement only. Groups welcome. Please phone/email to check availability and prices.

Other opening


Walks

There are twelve wonderful acres of gardens at Levens Hall waiting to be explored and enjoyed. They include the unique collection of ancient and extraordinary topiary characters sculpted from box and yew. They rise up from a spectacular seasonal underplanting populated with an ever-changing range of over thirty thousand flowers.

Further on, beyond the romantic old orchard and separated by the great beech hedges, lie the magnificent herbaceous borders. These are traditionally double in format and are amongst the finest to be found in England.

There are also wall borders, vegetable and herb gardens, a rose garden, fountain garden, fine lawns, wildflower meadows, a willow labyrinth and much, much more.

The atmosphere changes at every turn as you are led on along vistas and though hedged archways to find yourself in new areas... Quiet spaces, intimate hidden corners to sit and contemplate, or magnificent set piece displays.

There’s fun to be had in working your way into the wild willow maze, and yet more finding your way out again!

Take the pre-planned walk around the garden to discover everything there is to see!



Things to See