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Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead

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The Beatrix Potter Gallery is a gallery run by the National Trust and situated in a 17th-century stone-built house in Hawkshead, Cumbria, England. It is dedicated to presenting original book illustrations by Beatrix Potter.

On display are original sketches and watercolours painted by Potter for her children's stories as well as artifacts and information relating to her life and work. The display changes annually. The 17th-century building is listed grade II. It was at one time the law office of Potter's husband, William Heelis. Its interior remains substantially unaltered.
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  • The house is very tiny and the lighting is not good at all. Nice to see some of Beatrix Potter's original work but there is not really a lot to see. If you are a real fan of Beatrix Potter I am sure.....  more »
  • After vising Hill Top House it was the next thing on the list. The display concentrated on letters sent and received by Beartix Potter. Everything is explained in detail. The staff are very...  more »
  • Nice place to visit. This is a very old house, so the rooms are quite small. Great to see how the author developed her ideas, all the artwork and the history. There is a trail for kids who need to get clues by reading. At the end they get a sticker.
  • We're members so for us was free to get in. Not really a good one for little children (aged 6 and under)...there was a trail but you needed to be able to read well to do it. There was a free make a dragonfly activity that went down well though. My only really comment was that it was REALLY busy...too busy for such a little place...I don't feel like I got to really see everything and appreciate it properly as you just couldn't really get in to see everything!
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