The Gallery
The Gallery
Located in the heart of picturesque Hawkshead village, this gallery displays changing exhibits of the original sketches and watercolour illustrations created by Beatrix Potter for her children's stories.

The building that houses the gallery was once the office of Potter's husband William Heelis, and it has remained largely unaltered since his time. The Gallery is located only 2 miles from Potter's home at Hill Top, where she did most of her writing.

The Gallery was built in the 17th century and is a Grade II listed building. The interior is essentially unchanged since William Heelis had his ofices here. The National Trust maintains the Gallery and offers an exhibit of original Potter watercolour paintings and sketches for her series of popular childen's tales. In addition to the illustrations there is a display on artefacts from Potter's life and writing career. The exhibits change annually, so you are likely to see something new each time you visit.
More than being just an author, Beatrix Potter was closely involved with preservation of Lake District heritage and the natural environment of the area that she loved. She was a staunch supporter of the National Trust, and when she died she left her farms, houses, and land to the Trust. It seems quite appropriate that the Trust now showcases her drawings in such a historic setting, with such close ties to the author herself.

Do take time to explore Hawkshead village. A few steps from the Gallery is the Old Grammar School, where poet William Wordsworth went to school. A short stroll from the village centre is the Old Courthouse, a medieval building once owned by Furness Abbey.

About Beatrix Potter Gallery
Address: Main Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria, England, LA22 0NS
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: on B5285
Website: Beatrix Potter Gallery
Phone: 01539 436355
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Location map
OS: SD352 982


Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Hawkshead Grammar School - 0.1 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Hawkshead Old Courthouse - 0.4 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Tarn Hows - 1.8 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Hill Top - 1.9 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Tom Gill - 2.1 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Wray Castle - 2.2 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Steam Yacht Gondola - 2.6 miles (Family Attraction) Heritage Rating

Grizedale Forest Park - 2.6 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

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