Attraction in Cark in Cartmel

Holker Hall & Gardens, Cark in Cartmel, Cumbria

Holker Hall & Gardens
Cark in Cartmel

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Holker Hall is a superb Victorian house built on a grand scale in a style best described as neo-Elizabethan. It is the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, and despite the richness of the interior this is very much a family home. Visitors are made to feel like welcome guests rather than tourists.

The Gardens surrounding Holker Hall cover 24 acres of woodland and formal garden areas. They are highly acclaimed and offer a richness and variety particular to this special micro-climate of the South Lakes. Throughout the year the Gardens are a riot of colour and texture. Bespoke Garden Tours can be arranged upon request and can be tailored to suit the varied interests of the visitor. The great Holker Lime is one of the highlights, measuring 7'6" at its widest. This 17th C. tree has been awarded the honour, by Her Majesty, of being one of Britain's greatest 50. Another rare treat during the summer, around the time of the Garden Festival is the blooming of the National collection of styracaea. Not forgetting the Rhodendrons in the months of April and May and the colours of the Autumn Gardens will thrill and excite even the most discerning.

The Courtyard Café at Holker Hall boasts a delightful local menu; the Holker Food Hall offers tempting treats to purchase. It is totally unique in that it offers seasonal Cumbrian and Estate products, including Holker Saltmarsh lamb, Shorthorn beef and venison. The Gift Shop contains many unusual and surprising items, arts, crafts, books, pottery, toys, plants and much more.


Nearest UK Airport: Manchester
Months Open: 22nd March until 1st November 2009; Sunday – Friday (Closed Saturday); Hall open 11.00 am – 4.00 pm; Garden and Park 10.30 am - 5.30 pm
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Discount for Groups: Yes
Car Parking: Yes - Free
Conference Facilities: Yes
Admission Price: Hall & Gardens: Adults: £10
Children: £5
Senior Citizen/Student: £8.50
Family (2+4): £25
Gift Shop: Yes - Open until December
Catering: Café & Food Hall open until December

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