Levens Hall and Topiary Garden

Levens Hall Spring Pansies
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Levens Hall is an Elizabethan House with ten acres of world famous topiary gardens laid out by Monsieur Guillaume Beaumont in 1694. The garden still retains many of its original features including a unique collection of ancient and extraordinary topiary characters sculpted from box and yew. The house includes oak panelling, elaborate Italian plasterwork, stained glass, fine furniture, paintings, one of the best examples in Europe of Spanish leather wall coverings, the earliest English patchwork, Wellingtoniana, clocks and miniatures. There is also a wonderful tea room serving home-made food using local produce, an excellent gift shop and steam traction engines.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

5 April - 8 October 2015

Open Sundays to Thursdays (Closed on Fridays and Saturdays during the Season, except for Special Events)

The Gardens
10.00am - 5.00pm

The House
Open 12 noon - 4.30pm

(Last admission 4.00 pm)

Admission charges

House & Gardens - £12.50 Adult, £5.00 Child(5-16), £30.00 Family (2 Adults + 3 Children)

Gardens Only - £9.00 (Adult), £3.00 Child(5-16), £21.00 Family (2 Adults + 3 Children)

Free Parking.

Free admission to the Gift Shop and Bellingham Buttery.

For further information about Group and School visits please contact us.

With the exception of guide dogs, dogs are not permitted.

Additional info

Visitors with disabilities are very welcome and our staff will help you with any requests they can during your visit. As Levens Hall was built in the 16th Century and because it contains narrow door openings and steps, access to the House is not possible for those in wheelchairs or using their mobility aids and baby buggies.

For those who can walk a short distance and climb stairs there are seats placed throughout the House.

All notices and information signs are on recommended coloured paper and type size and there is a large print version of the text of the guide book.

Levens Gardens, The Bellingham Buttery and The Potting Shed Gift Shop are all accessible. The Gardens have gravel paths and a map of recommended routes is available from the ticket kiosk. A manual operated wheelchair requiring a helper and an electric buggy are available from the ticket kiosk. The wheelchair is offered free of charge, the buggy costs £4 which is paid to Kendal Shopmobility. Both can be booked in advance and availability depends on demand.

A DVD runs in continual succession in the Bellingham Buttery enabling those who cannot access the House to see all the rooms on show to the public.

Special cutlery is available on request from the Bellingham Buttery.

There is a fully equipped disabled toilet with a low level alarm for emergencies.

Collection details

Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • English patchwork

Levens Hall and Topiary Garden






01539 560321


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