Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall near Ambleside in the Lake District is a place of peace and relaxation.

The formal terraced gardens were designed by the landscape architect, Thomas H Mawson (1861-1933), in 1909. These were restored in 2005 by Tom Attwood.

Discover the Grot or summerhouse, built by Sir Daniel Fleming in 1668-69. With a viewing window to the spectacular Rydal Falls, the summerhouse became a tourist spot in the 18th century. William Wordsworth described the site in ‘An Evening Walk’ while the travel writer and advocate of the picturesque, William Gilpin, visited it on his tour of the Lake District in 1772. [see below for more details].

The Quiet Garden is an area of woodland with paths leading to the Rydal Beck and the summerhouse.

For the adventurous, climb through the woods and look out for the 17th century Game Larder, Ice House, sculpture and art installations.

The Angel (2007-2009) is a sculpture by Shawn Williams [see images]. Carved from a piece of limestone from York Minster, it is a tribute to the late Josephina de Vasconcellos who worked with Williams in Ambleside. Williams’ work follows ‘in the romantic tradition inspired by Wordsworth, Coleridge and Byron’.

Rydal Hall also has its own hydro-electric power generator. Built over a 100 years ago, it has recently been restored.

Stay at Rydal Hall – for more information and booking, click here.

The gardens are open throughout the year and are free to visit. Donations are welcome.

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Address: Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LX View map Phone: 01539 432050 Length of visit: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: No
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - limited: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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