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Train, Tipple and a Topiary

  • The Lakes Distillery, Lake District, Cumbria - Visitors tour

    The Lakes Distillery, Lake District, Cumbria - Visitors tour
  • The Lakes Distillery, Lake District, Cumbria - Distillery sign outside

    The Lakes Distillery, Lake District, Cumbria - Distillery sign outside
  • The Lakes Distillery, Lake District, Cumbria - Bistro

    The Lakes Distillery, Lake District, Cumbria - Bistro
  • The Lakes Distillery, Lake District, Cumbria - Barrels

    The Lakes Distillery, Lake District, Cumbria - Barrels
  • Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

    Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
  • The Lady Teal cruise boat on Lake Windermere

    The Lady Teal cruise boat on Lake Windermere
  • The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria - Mrs Rabbit © The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

    The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria - Mrs Rabbit © The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
5 day tour
From £295 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Think you have experienced all the Lake District has to offer? This tour may just make you think again! We visit the Topiary Gardens at Levens Hall and the Lakes Distillery, award winning producer of hand crafted spirits. Next we take a journey on the steam railway and cruise on Lake Windermere to Bowness where we will explore The World of Beatrix Potter.


Dates

Dates throughout 2022 & 2023


Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to your hotel

Day 2

Ulverston and Levens Hall

This morning we have free time to explore the historic market town of Ulverston. This afternoon we visit Levens Hall and their stunning Topiary Gardens.

Stroll along the path in front of Levens Hall and you will find a small wooden gate leading into the Gardens. What awaits you, hidden behind the high stone wall, remains largely unchanged since the 17th century and is truly spectacular.

Dating back to the 1690s, the ten acres of Gardens retain many original features including the world’s oldest topiary gardens. This surreal and unique collection of ancient box and yew trees, in abstract or geometric shape, rises up from a beautiful display of underplanting, populated with an ever-changing array of over 30,000 bedding plants, all grown in the greenhouses onsite.

Day 3

Lakes Distillery and Keswick

This morning we visit Lakes Distillery, housed in a beautiful restored Victorian cattle farm, with handmade copper stills. We will go on a journey to see how the award-winning whisky, gin and vodkas are made. From the water taken from the River Derwent to the warehouse where the maturing spirit is sleeping, your senses will be ignited from start to finish. After a guided tasting of three spirits enjoy a coffee. You may catch a glimpse of the resident friendly herd of Alpacas which can be seen as you walk down to the only true lake in The Lake District, Lake Bassenthwaite. We then travel to the small market town of Keswick to explore the speciality shops and quirky pubs and tearooms. Please note groups tours are a maximum of 15 passengers every 30 minutes.

Day 4

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, cruise on Lake Windermere, and The World of Beatrix Potter

Arrive for your trip on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite steam railway and enjoy this short journey in vintage style. Once at Lakeside it is all aboard for the 40 minute cruise on Lake Windermere. Each cruise includes a fascinating commentary on the history, attractions and points of interest surrounding Windermere. On arrival at Bowness we visit The World of Beatrix Potter, a wonderful attraction and charming dedication to the famous children’s author, who herself was inspired by the areas nature and wildlife. After that there is free time to shop in picturesque Bowness before returning to your hotel for dinner.

Day 5

Return home via Samlesbury Hall

Something wicked this way comes! On your way home why not call in to Samlesbury Hall, the impressive half-timbered black and white medieval house built in 1325. But be warned…your tour guide may be ‘bewitching’.


Suggested Hotels –  Inspected by Greatdays staff 

Shap Wells Hotel ***

The hotel is situated in a secluded, wooded valley, high in the Shap Fells and surrounded by mountain streams and only minutes from the M6 (Junction 39) and the A6. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire hotel including all public areas and guest accommodation. Complimentary parking is available at the front and rear of the hotel. All 98 bedrooms have recently been refurbished and are equipped with en-suite bathroom, TV and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.

Cumbria Grand Hotel ***

The Cumbria Grand is set in 25 acres of gardens and woodlands, and is only a 15-minute drive from Lake Windermere. There are 124 bedrooms which are equipped with en-suite bathroom, TV and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has a large and comfortable lounge and welcoming restaurant. Entertainment is on some nice nights. The hotel benefits from a putting green and tennis courts. Coach parking is complimentary and there is a lift to all floors.


Dates 5 days / 4 nights
2022 dates From £295.00 per person
2023 dates From £287.00 per person

 

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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