History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In 1871 a disastrous fire broke out at Holker, and the entire west wing was lost. Servants and family members made an extraordinary effort to save the house contents while the fire raged around them, but when the flames died it was obvious that a new house was needed. The result is the Hall we see today, from the outside a typical Victorian country house, with bay windows, towers and cupolas projecting at every turn, but inside much is still based on the Georgian house, a house of elegance and refinement.
Holker Hall is located on the Cartmel Peninsula, which extends out into Morecambe Bay. The location proves a wonderful climate for Holker's lush gardens, which cover 24 acres of woodland and formal garden areas. The gardens are an intriguing mix of Italianate design with English tradition, with 200 year old parkland, woodland walks, a sunken garden, rose gardens, azaleas, rhododendron, and spring bulbs. Specimens are well labeled. The deer park stretches to over 125 acres of attractive walks, and there is a special Potting Shed Gardening History Exhibition.
LAKELAND MOTOR MUSEUM
The third of Holker's trio of attractions, this award-winning museum houses over 20,000 articles ranging from advertising posters and petrol pumps to vintage motorcycles, cars, tractors, bycycles, and pedal cars. Within the museum is the Campbell Legend Bluebird Exhibition, the largest museum devoted to the exploits of land and water speed record breakers Malcolm and Donald Campbell. The museum includes replicas of the Campbell's record-breaking 1935 Bluebird car and Bluebird K7 hydroplane.
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About Holker Hall
Address: Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, England, LA11 7PL
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 4 m W Grange-over-Sands, on B5278
Website: Holker Hall
Phone: 01539 558 328
Historic Houses Association
OS: SD359 773
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