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.
Today’s opening hours
House 12pm - 4pm. Gardens, shop and plants centre 10am - 5pm
7 April - 3 October 2019
Open Sundays to Thursdays inclusive
Closed Fridays and Saturdays
House 12:00 - 16:00
Gardens, Kitchen, Shop and Plant Centre 10:00 - 17:00
The new Levens Kitchen restaurant will be open from 18 March 2019. Please check our website for further details.
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.
Historic Houses members visit for free.
House and Gardens
Child (5-16): £5.00
Family (2+3): £35.00
Child (5-16): £4.00
Family (2+3): £25.00
Single season ticket
Double season ticket
Private guided tours of House and Gardens are available by prior arrangement only. Groups welcome. Please phone/email to check availability and prices.
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!