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A relaxed welcome, enhanced by it’s unique literary connections and beautiful collections, await visitors to Mirehouse.

Visitors can enjoy the live piano music, unusual photographs and manuscripts and children’s activities as they wander through this family home.

Set in the heart of the North Lake District, three miles from Keswick, the beautiful, natural gardens at Mirehouse offer stunning views of the dramatic Lakeland landscape they are set in.

Enjoy the tranquility of the walled Bee Garden, stroll in quiet contemplation along the Poetry Walk or sit by the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.



Open April to October.

House open on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, 1.30 pm till 4.30 pm (last entries 4 pm).

Grounds, playgrounds and lakeside walk open daily 10am till 5pm.

Find Us
Find us

Mirehouse is 3 miles north of Keswick on the A591. Parking and toilets are in Dodd Wood car park across the road from our main gate.

The X4, 554 and 73 buses come past Mirehouse.


Historic Houses members visit for free.

House and garden

Adult: £7.80
Child: £3.90
Family (2 adults, 4 children): £21.00
Under 4s: FREE

More admission details

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups can visit by appointment, please contact info@mirehouse.com.


Wall in the bee garden


Walking through the gardens and woods at Mirehouse is a chance to experience the stunning landscape of the North Lake District at it’s best. Close to the house and in the Bee Garden paths are gravelled.

Further afield, stout shoes or boots are advisable as some paths can be muddy, particularly after heavy rain. Muddy or not, the paths enable you to enjoy a natural landscape with many fine views of the surrounding fells and of Bassenthwaite lake.

There is always the possibility, too, of seeing wildlife as you walk round. roe deer, foxes, red squirrels and many bird species have been seen in the grounds.

Find all of the walks here.


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School Visits

Mirehouse offers a wide range of facilities and educational opportunities. The house has been occupied as a family home since it was built in 1666. It is set in a varied landscape of fell side, forest, gardens and lakeshore. There are four sheltered woodland adventure playgrounds.

We have worked with teachers since 1981 and our experienced guides enjoy welcoming children and encourage participation. Many schools bring groups regularly.

Where teachers have the time, free preparatory visits are welcome. We are always pleased to discuss your visit on the telephone and to adapt the timing and/or content of the house tour to ensure you have the best value from your visit.