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Hawkshead Village - Attractions

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.


Exterior of Hawkshead Grammar School

Hawkshead Grammar School Museum
Visit the school where William Wordsworth studied

Hawkshead Grammar School Museum has three special features: the schoolroom with its original desks, which looks much as it has done for 350 years; its unique role as the school that inspired and educated William Wordsworth, and the extraordinarily well-preserved historic school library. Visit our schoolroom to see carvings by school pupils (including Wordsworth), try your hand at quill writing, and learn more about the library and school history.

Hawkshead Grammar School, Main Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0NT

015394 36674

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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

015394 36075

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Hill Top - Beatrix Potter's Lake District house

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.

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Wray Castle


Take a walk in the grounds at Wray and discover some of the features of this great estate, still much as they were when they were built, including an arboretum and yew walk, walled garden, boathouse, and miniature harbour. 

Follow waymarked trails through beautiful grounds, parkland and woodland including a long stretch of shingle beach on the shores of Lake Windermere and panoramic Lake District views, Wray has it all in every season.

The imposing house in the Gothic form of a medieval castle, stands prominently in an elevated position above the lake. The ground floor rooms are open to the public and house a photographic exhibition.

JOEY's Café (Independently Run) is open seven days a week serving vegan baked goods, savoury snacks, locally roasted coffee, teas and hot chocolate.


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