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Sizergh Castle In The Lake District – A Complete Guide

The impressive Sizergh Castle in Kendal is a stately home and garden that stands at the gateway to the beautiful Lake District. Here’s a complete guide. 

How To Get To Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle is located approximately 4 miles south of the town of Kendal in Cumbria.

Car

Take the A6 south from Kendal to the A591.

Then take the A590 towards Barrow-in-Furness.

After a short time on the A590 you will see brown signs taking you right onto Nannypie Lane. Follow this lane for Sizergh Castle.

Alternatively, Sizergh Castle is just 5 miles from the M6 exit 36. Follow A590 towards Kendal then take A590 for Barrow-in-Furness and follow brown signs as above.

From Lake District take A591 south then A590 towards Barrow-in-Furness and follow the brown signs as above.

There is a pay-and-display car park at Sizergh Castle with the following charges:

1 hour £2 / 2 hours £4 / 4 hours £6 / All day £8.

Car parking is half price over winter.

Train

The nearest railway station is Oxenholme, which is 3 miles away.

Sizergh Castle Entrance Fee

House and Garden

Adults: £13

Children: £6.50

Family: £32.50

1 adult + 2 children: £19.50

Garden only

Adult £9

Child £4.50

Family £22.50

1 adult + 2 children £13.50.

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The entrance to Sizergh Castle is open to the public.
Sizergh Castle In Kendal
In front of the cafe and entrance to Sizergh Castle.

Sizergh Castle Opening Times

The Gardens, café, estate and car park are open every day, all year round apart from Christmas Day.

End of March – end of October: 10am to 5pm.

End of October – end of March: 10am to 3:30pm.

The house is open Wednesday – Sunday from end of March – end of October: 12pm to 3:30pm.

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The house at Sizergh Castle.

Best Time To Visit Sizergh Castle

During the school holidays and at weekends will be busier, so work around these times if you prefer it a bit quieter.

If you want to see inside the house you need to go after 12 noon Wednesday to Sunday between March and October.

However, be aware that for the first 45 mins after opening the house can only be visited by timed ticket, access is open to all after that.

If the weather is nice take a picnic and enjoy one of the picnic areas in the gardens. 

Dogs are welcome on leads on the estate, on the Knoll, in the shop and the cafe.

Assistance dogs only in the gardens.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jack

Sizergh Castle House In Kendal
Smiling in front of Sizergh Castle House.

Sizergh Castle History

Sizergh Castle and Garden is a castle, stately home and garden and has been managed by the National Trust since 1950.

Built over 750 years ago, the house is still lived in by the Strickland family and is full of items collected by 26 generations of the family.

Originally owned by the Deincourt family from the 1170s, after the marriage of Elizabeth Deincourt to Sir William de Stirkeland in 1239, the estate passed into the hands of what became the Strickland family.

Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII and a relative of the Stricklands, is thought to have lived here after her first husband died in 1533. 

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Heading off to explore the gardens.
Sizergh Castle Gardens In Kendal
The vegetable garden was impressive.

What To Expect At Sizergh Castle

One of the Lake District’s finest stately homes and gardens, Sizergh Castle has more than 1600 acres of grounds.

The Castle

The castle is well presented with many different rooms open to visit and knowledgeable volunteers available to answer questions.

You will be able to see stunning Elizabethan oak-panelled interiors with intricately carved chimneypieces, some beautiful period furniture and centuries old artwork.  

More recently a new exhibition has been added featuring a short film in the Tower Basement that follows the current head of the Strickland family, Henry, into the private family archives.

The Gardens

Step out into the gardens and there is plenty to enjoy including a mirror lake, colourful herbaceous borders, a mouthwatering kitchen garden, an apple orchard, a fruit wall and an award winning limestone rock garden.

Home to four National Collections of Hardy Ferns, this beautiful garden also attracts dragonflies, herons, a resident kingfisher and coots on the Dipping Pond in summer.

Volunteers hold informative tours around the gardens and the extensive grounds provide access to signposted walks in the surrounding countryside. 

A children’s Wild Play Trail is housed in the woodland as well as there being a bird hide at Park End Moss.

This offers wildlife lovers the chance to watch the comings and goings of butterflies, bats, birds of prey, deer, otters and more.

There is also a licensed cafe serving a selection of delicious meals and snacks using seasonal produce from the kitchen garden.

As well as a gift shop selling local products, home accessories, gifts, toys and plants and more.

Sizergh Castle is a great day out with something on offer for all the family, young and old. 

It was the first stop on this Lake District tour, before heading to explore the best things to do in Ulverston.

Also if you’re into castles, a couple of my favourite in the Lake District are Lowther Castle and Muncaster Castle.

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Lauren picking out some herbs.
Sizergh Castle Gardens In Kendal
Different colours label the prices.
Sizergh Castle Gardens In Kendal
Pretty flowers in the Sizergh Castle gardens.
Sizergh Castle Gardens In Kendal
Lauren is obsessed with sunflowers.
Sizergh Castle Gardens In Kendal
Taking a walk down the flower aisle.
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Sizergh Castle from the back.
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Some ducklings swimming around.
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Ducklings in front of Sizergh Castle.
Sizergh Castle Gardens In Kendal
The peculiar trees look like something from Alice in Wonderland.
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Pastries in the Sizergh Castle cafe.

Where To Stay In The Lake District

Luxury

Lakes Hotel & Spa

This luxurious hotel is perfectly situated with views of Lake Windermere, a short stroll from the village of Bowness-on-Windermere. 

The hotel can arrange collection from Windemere station which is just 10 minutes away. 

Lakes Hotel & Spa has some of the best on-site facilities in the area, half of the rooms with hot tubs on private balconies. There’s also an on-site spa, a stylish restaurant and a cocktail bar. As well as bike hire, wakesurfing and paddleboading. 

There are many walks that you can take straight from the hotel gates, and there are even boats that travel the length of Windermere, making it easy to visit surrounding areas.

Mid-Budget

The George Hotel by Best Western

This traditional hotel stands in the very centre of the bustling market town of Penrith. 

Free parking and free Wi-Fi is available at the property. Meals are available to enjoy in the intimate, candlelit Devonshire restaurant which boasts a beautiful open fire.

The wood panelling and old local wall prints combine to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where many generations of loyal visitors have returned time after time.

Budget

Albany House

Located in Penrith, Albany House offers bed-and-breakfast accommodation with free WiFi access throughout. 

Guests benefit from free public parking facilities near the accommodation. The property also boasts a 4 gold-star rating from the AA, along with breakfast awards. 

Rooms at Albany House B&B come with a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and either an en-suite or external bathroom. 

Breakfast is available between 8:00 and 9:00 every morning in the common breakfast room.

For more places to stay in the Lake District, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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