Rydal Mount & Gardens

2-for-1 Gardens in the Lake District

Discover some of the enchanting Lake District gardens in our 2-for-1 Gardens to Visit scheme in 2022.

Be Inspired by the Lake District

Famed for its rugged mountains, tranquil waterways and the inspiration it provided to the great Romantic poets, the Lake District is a timelessly stirring landscape. More than just striking scenery, it is also the home of many gardens that are sure to delight and inspire. From the Garden-in-the-Ruins and impressive rose garden at Lowther Castle, the historic topiary at Levens Hall, to the richly planted and beautifully landscaped garden at Sizergh Castle, there are plenty of garden wonders nestled within the Lake District scenery.

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Here is a selection of some of our magnificent 2-for-1 gardens to visit in the Lake District.


Brantwood Gardens

2-for-1 gardens to visit: Brantwood Gardens

The mountain-side estate of social reformer John Ruskin, Brantwood Gardens boasts stunning bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas and ferns, all set against unmissable Lakeland views. These gardens are a homage to the sublime Lake District scenery, as well as a celebration of the finest flowers and plants. Woodland walks connect the house and its dynamic garden to the lakes, so this is the perfect spot to revel in those unmistakeable Lakeland vistas.

  • Disabled access: Partial
  • Dogs: Permitted on lead
  • Single visitor discount: No
  • Refreshments: Light refreshment

More information about Brantwood Gardens in our 2-for-1 scheme

Visit the Brantwood Gardens website for further details


Sizergh Castle and Gardens

2-for-1 gardens to visit: Sizergh Castle Gardens – image copyright National Trust / James Dobson

One of the 32 National Trust properties in our guide, Sizergh Castle Gardens is the perfect day out. With elegantly planted gardens, an enchanting apple orchard, abundant kitchen garden, vibrant wildflower meadow and an impressive lake, there is plenty to explore. Fun for all the family, there are children’s trails and activities so they’re sure to be entertained. Visit in summer to marvel at the variety of wildlife and beautiful butterflies that pass through.

  • Disabled access: Partial
  • Dogs: Not Allowed
  • Single visitor discount: No
  • Refreshments: Light refreshment

More information about Sizergh Castle and Gardens in our 2-for-1 scheme

Visit the Sizergh Castle and Gardens website for further details


Lowther Castle & Gardens

2-for-1 gardens to visit: Lowther Castle & Gardens

International garden designer and Chelsea gold medal winner, Dan Pearson has reinvigorated the gardens at Lowther Castle. Complete with Parterre planted with herbaceous perennials, whimsical Garden-in-the-Ruins and a romantic Rose Garden inspired by the tale of Sleeping Beauty, this is 130 acres of spectacular and imaginative gardening. With an historic Great Yew Avenue and garden relics such as the Roman Bath, Lowther Castle & Gardens are a delightful fusion of old and new.

  • Disabled access: Partial access
  • Dogs: Permitted on lead
  • Single visitor discount: no
  • Refreshments: Light refreshments and hot food

More information about Lowther Castle in our 2-for-1 scheme

Visit the Lowther Castle website for further details


Rydal Mount and Gardens

2-for-1 gardens to visit: Rydal Mount and Gardens

Overlooking Rydal Water and Windermere, Rydal Mount and Garden boasts a stunning informal garden with views impressive enough to inspire the poet William Wordsworth. Abundant daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons, as well as fell-side terraces and rock pools, make this a rugged and romantic spot nestled within the wild Lakeland landscape.

  • Disabled access: Partial
  • Dogs: Permitted on lead
  • Single visitor discount: No
  • Refreshments: Light refreshments

More information about Rydal Mount and Gardens in our 2-for-1 scheme

Visit the Rydal Mount and Gardens website for further details


Levens Halls and Gardens

2-for-1 gardens to visit: Levens Hall & Gardens © Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria

Home to the world’s oldest topiary garden, Levens Hall is home to a surreal collection of quirky evergreens, clipped and sculpted into abstract and geometric shapes. However, there is more than just topiary, with a fragrant rose garden, giant beech hedges, bountiful vegetable borders and wildflower meadow. Levens Hall is a historical treasure-trove, with gardens dating back to the 17th century, it is also home to the first recorded ha-ha in Britain.

  • Disabled access:
  • Dogs: Not allowed
  • Single visitor discount: No
  • Refreshments: Light refreshment

More information about Levens Hall and Gardens in our 2-for-1 scheme

Visit the Levens Hall and Gardens website for further details


Acorn Bank

2-for-1 gardens to visit: Acorn Bank

Renowned for its herb and fruit orchard, Acorn Bank is home to a series of charming walled gardens, just waiting to be explored. From the newts sunbathing in the ornamental lily pond, to the bee’s buzzing above the vegetable patches, this dazzling garden is a haven for wildlife. Lily borders burst with colour and fragrance, while the ornamental pond is a jewel of the sunken garden.

  • Disabled access: Partial
  • Dogs: Not allowed
  • Single visitor discount: No
  • Refreshments: No

More information about Acorn Bank in our 2-for-1 scheme

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Visit the Acorn Bank website for further details