Whether you are visiting for the day or staying in the area there is plenty to see. Whether you're seeking a tranquil retreat, an outdoor adventure, or a journey through history, Hawkshead offers something for everyone. Come and discover the timeless beauty and rich heritage of this charming Lake District village.
Hawkshead Grammar School Museum
Visit the school where William Wordsworth studied
Hawkshead Grammar School Museum is a small museum showcasing the history of the school attended by William Wordsworth. Visit our schoolroom to see carvings by school pupils (including William Wordsworth), try your hand at quill writing, learn more about our historic library and the long history of the school from 1585 to 1909.
Hawkshead Grammar School, Main Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0NT
Chocolate Factory Hawkshead
An interactive and award winning experience that is truly unforgettable for children and families, make three different chocolate creations and best of all, everything you make are yours to take home. We also have over 100 varities of delicious chocolates, freshly made Butter & cream fudges and wonderful gift ideas in our packed shop. There's also warm belgian waffles smothered in milk or white chocolate, pots of chocolate, hot chocolate, mallow kebabs and much more.
Chocolate Factory Hawkshead, Main St, Hawkshead LA22 0NT
Hill Top - Lake District home of Beatrix Potter
Walk in the footsteps of Miss Potter
From the time of her marriage to local solicitor William Heelis in 1913, until her death in 1943 Beatrix Potter made her home at Hill Top in nearby Sawrey. Many of her characters were based on people she knew in Hawkshead, and many of her illustration settings were taken from local sites. William’s office (largely unaltered since his day) is in the centre of Hawkshead and was left to the National Trust. There you can see an exhibition, changing annually, of the author’s exquisite artwork.
Owned by the National Trust – not a real castle but a private house built in the Gothic Revival Style in 1840. The grounds are open to the public and in 2007 for the first time the house itself was open during the summer months.