Levens Hall
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
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10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Levens Hall is a stunning family home with exceptional Elizabethan interiors and the finest furniture, clocks and paintings. Explore the fascinating artefacts linking the Hall to the Duke of Wellington, marvel at the world's largest and oldest topiary gardens before visiting the gift shop and Levens Kitchen for refreshments. House & Gardens open Sunday to Thursday (Closed Fridays and Saturdays) from 3 April - 6 October 2022. Levens Kitchen open 7 days a week, 1000-1600 (1700 when House and Gardens open) from 17 January - 22 December 2022 (closed 1-16 January 2022).
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sumel2016
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK63 contributions
Sep 2022
Wandering around the hall was good. Volunteer room guides were very knowledgeable. The garden is beautiful and worth going for that alone
Written 12 October 2022
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Cheryl W
2 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Well worth visiting. Such a lovely historic house with lovely staff. Lunched in The Kitchen, it was amazing and again wonderful staff. Well done to all involved.
Written 4 October 2022
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Dave H
Eyemouth, UK202 contributions
Sep 2022
All a bit weird for a garden, dominated by tall sombre Yews, carefully shaped into something resembling pieces on a chess board. Spaces were punctuated with colourful Salvias, Cleomes and Roses etc. You have to admire the time and dedication in creating this strange landscape and the gardeners were busy with cherry pickers and electric shears trimming all the structures. Plenty of borders contained within high hedges and narrow openings to create lots of "rooms". We even found a smart children's play area well hidden in a corner of the garden. There were lots of people in white suits in an open area and when we got closer we realised it was a big Croquet match in progress. The Café was very popular and full, but full with queues outside so we didn't stay.
Written 2 October 2022
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prains
1 contribution
Sep 2022
If you are an avid amateur photographer, as I am, you will be disappointed. I did not know that they do not permit photography. There was no notice of this at the ticket office. Only after buying the ticket and entering the building did they tell me I couldn’t take any pictures. I told them that’s 90% of the joy of the visit for me and wondered why that policy exists.

The staff employee told me it was a private house, and how would I feel if she entered by house snapping pictures all over the place. I told her she would be more than welcome to do that at my house, and furthermore I would not charge her an entrance fee!

Her non-explanation was bizarre. The private residence is not open to the public so I would not therefore be photographing in that area. The public region is not a residence, it is a museum complete with the signage one would find in any museum.

Her better response would have been, “I don’t know why photography without a flash is not allowed. It is an archaic and crazy policy. I just work here.”

Had I known I would not be allowed to photograph I would not have gone to the Levens Hall. If you have the same interests as I do, you would be better served to avoid this place; or just go to the garden.

For me, it was a waste of time and money.
Written 29 September 2022
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Steve M
Blackpool, UK66 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Fabulous visit , the gardens are spacious and attractive with topiary amazing. House is homely with plenty of history and helpful guides. The restaurant is one if the best both quality and price with such helpful service . Lots of walks nearby and regular bus (555 lancaster to kendal / keswick) drops at the front drive .
Written 27 September 2022
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Nigel R
Norwich, UK181 contributions
Sep 2022
An excellent garden that is well tended and cared for. A superbly interesting house with well laid out exhibits and oh so interesting with all the history of the place. The National Trust could learn a lot from this place.
Written 21 September 2022
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Linda M
Wellington, New Zealand6 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Levens hall was lovely. The topiary gardens were stunning. The house was beautiful and had unusual features like the Moroccan embossed leather wall paper. The cafe served the loveliest food that I have had at a country house cafe. Highly recommended if you are in the lakes. And it isn't on the main tourist route which means it isn't so crazy busy..
Written 30 August 2022
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Alice S
Warrington, UK18 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
My mum had wanted to visit the famous topiary for some time but we were a little worried about accessibility as she uses a wheeled walker. On arrival, Len at the ticket kiosk took the time to explain the different pathways on the map and advised us to take a shorter route to get there. There were lots of benches dotted about and plenty to see, wherever you went. My particular favourite was going through the ancient beech tree hedges. We had a delicious freshly prepared bite to eat in The Kitchen, which has an easy slope up to the entrance , good space between tables to get around and seating outside as well as indoors. Asking for a box to take home half of Mum’s sandwich created no fuss from the lovely servers. Mum was very taken with the shop which has all the usual gifts and souvenirs, but is set ahead of others by the kind and friendly staff. A great day out at these beautiful historic gardens!
Written 24 August 2022
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Maxine N
Wigton, UK227 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We were lucky to have sunshine for our visit to the gardens. Very relaxing to wander around the different garden areas. Time to relax and discuss the different topiary shapes.
All the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, from the ticket booth, to the cafe, the house and the shop. We even came home with some of the head gardeners honey.
Written 22 August 2022
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Tim H
Lancaster, UK98 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Beautiful gardens. Could have spent it all just in the gardens. Wonderful place for children to run around and play. A hide-and-seek utopia. Very interesting house with amazing history shown in pictures, furniture and artefacts. Enjoyed the family ties to aristocracy and historical figures. The cafe was a tad expensive. The shop was a disappointment. Everything for sale could have been bought from anywhere. Nothing related directly to the house. As there was no photography in the house so a book with pictures from inside the house would have been nice. Still an enjoyable visit.
Written 21 August 2022
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