Holker Hall – Holker Hall, never sold throughout its 400 year history, is the family home of Lord and Lady Cavendish. It is a delightful family home with fine displays of antique furniture and art. The architectural interest of the house is almost all Victorian, a replacement after a fire in 1871. It is the work of Paley and Austin, and is their oustanding domestic work, using red sandstone in the Elizabethan style. You can tour the house without the restriction of ropes and barriers, and see the distinguished library, elegant drawing room, and ornate dining room. Climb the striking staircase and you can view portraits of Charles II, and Catherine of Braganza. You can visit the bedroom where Queen Mary stayed in 1937. The gardens are winners of Christies/HHA Garden of the Year in 1991, and voted ‘amongst the best in the world’ by the Good Gardens Guide, 1996. The pleasure grounds cover 25 acres of formal and woodland gardens, with majestic water features including the limestone cascade.
Lakeland Miniature Village – Over 100 buildings made from local Coniston slate. Houses, farms and barns create the Lakeland landscape. There are water features throughout the miniature village. The Oriental Building, which is our gift shop, overlooks the Oriental Garden.
Humphrey Head – is the tallest limestone cliff in Cumbria and from here you can enjoy a fabulous panorama across Morecambe Bay. The last wolf in England was reputedly killed at Humphrey Head in the 15th century; indeed, the weather vane on the nearby Cartmel Priory depicts a wolf’s head in recognition of this.
Cartmel Races – National Hunt Racing with a party atmosphere in the best setting in the United Kingdom. Against the backdrop of the beautiful English Lake District, it is possible to sample national hunt racing in its most original format. With its party crowds and funfair, Cartmel rekindles the social gathering tradition of the original steeple to steeple chases.