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Beatrix Potter Gallery
National Trust
Main Street
Hawkshead
Cumbria LA22 0NS
 
 
As fans of Beatrix Potter will know, this remarkable woman gave up writing children’s books, became a Lakeland farmer and married her local solicitor, William Heelis.  The Gallery and Museum is located in the house which served as Mr Hellis’ office.
 
This delightful 17th century building in the main street of Hawkshead Village has on display a wonderful collection of original Beatrix Potter watercolours and paintings.  Many of these pictures are only displayed at this location.
 
The Story of Beatrix Potter's early life 
The museum tells the story of Beatrix’s life as a landowning farmer and subsequently, Mrs Heelis.  Always a superb artist, Beatrix’s early life was quite lonely and sad.  She overcame her loneliness by writing and illustrating her delightful children’s stories.  Many of the original paintings for these illustrations hang on the wall, delighting both children and adults.
 
As a mature, married woman she was supremely happy and settled in her new life, interested in local issues and the fledgling National Trust.
 
Perhaps not as well known as her ‘Hill Top’ home, this Gallery and Museum should be included in your Beatrix Potter itinerary.
 
Plan Your Visit
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Tickets & Opening Times
Admission is by timed-ticket.  Discounts are available for visitors going to Hill Top as well.
Gallery closed November to February.
During opening season, Gallery closed on Fridays.
 
Disabled Access
This is an old building with level access from the street through a narrow doorway. Objects relating to Beatrix Potter are in 3 rooms on ground floor.  Illustrations Gallery is up many stairs with a handrail.
 
Facilities
None.  There is Parking, toilets & refreshments in the village.
Parking is ‘Pay & Display’ 300 yards (275 metres) on the outskirts of the village
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone    +44 (0)1539 436 355
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Getting There
The National Trust website has excellent information  Web:  National Trust - Beatrix Potter Galley/ Getting There
 
Google Map - Beatrix Potter Gallery