Katie Hale

Just three miles outside of Penrith, Dalemain lies with the Lake District National Park boundary and feels about as far from town as you can get. With meandering wooded walks, riotous gardens and the gentle rolling fields of surrounding farmland, it’s easy to step away from all the bustle of normal life and take some time to explore.

Dalemain is a country house steeped in story. Starting life as a fortified pele tower to protect the area from pillaging border reivers, the estate has been in the same family for eleven generations and is still a family home today. It’s this that gives it its homely atmosphere, and the feeling as though its historic residents just popped out for a moment, and will be back any minute.

In the courtyard, you’ll find the Agricultural and Fell Pony Museum, and a tea room serving homemade food. If you like your produce sweet and citrusy, Dalemain also plays host to the annual Marmalade Festival, which takes place every summer – although if you’re visiting during the rest of the year, you can still find a selection of marmalades to buy in the gift shop.

In the gardens, there’s plenty to discover for adults and children alike – from hundreds of varieties of rose to the rare Himalayan Blue Poppy, to stunning views of the fells (mountains) of the Lake District. As well as an abundance of flowers and birds and insect life, the garden’s inhabitants include a sleeping stone giant and a topiary dragon!

Fancy wandering a bit further afield? Two walks start from Dalemain: a two-mile round trip to the village of Dacre, with its castle and historic church; and the five-mile Dalemain Loop, which takes visitors through Dacre and Pooley Bridge, to the edge of Ullswater lake, and can be walked in isolation or as part of the Ullswater Way.

Dalemain,CumbriaCA11 0HB View map
Telephone: 017684 86450 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Monday11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Friday11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday11:00am - 4:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on near Dalemain

Where to go near Dalemain

Rheged Centre

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1863 Restaurant

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Beckstones Art Gallery

Beckstones Art Gallery in the village of Greystoke is a small family-owned gallery, selling a range of artists’ work, leaning towards the traditional.

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Tourist Attraction
Penrith Castle

Ruins of a 14th century castle, former home of Richard III. Situated in Penrith’s Castle Park, and managed by English Heritage. Free to visit.

Grants of CastleGate

This modern bistro and bar, open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday, serves up classic British pub fare reimagined to its most indulgent.

Askham Hall

In a picturesque nook of Cumbria’s Eden Valley, Askham Hall offers luxury accommodation in a historic country house just outside of Penrith.

Event venue
Penrith Old Fire Station

Main venue for Eden Arts, an artist-led organisation based in Eden in Cumbria creating projects around mass participation, local distinctiveness and digital engagement, from Picnic Cinema to The Winter Droving.

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The Yard Kitchen

Boasting an array of hot and cold food including homemade cakes, The Yard Kitchen is a café with a distinctly quirky feel.

Xavier’s Café & Wine Bar

Xavier’s is Penrith’s answer to Paris’ wine-infused café culture. An elegant spot to unwind in both the daytime and evening.

J&J Graham

Right in the heart of the town centre, deli and bakery J&J Graham is a Penrith icon that dates back to 1793.

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