Hall is situated in South Lakeland at Cark-in-Cartmel,
Holker Hall with its three  superb attractions Stately
Home, Collection of Historic Transport and its awarding
winning Gardens all in one superb setting.
Holker Hall is one of the finest stately homes in the
North West of England in which you can admire room after
room of fine craftsmanship.
The present building dates from 1871 when a fire destroyed
the original house and is the home of Lord and Lady
Cavendish with the family tracing its origins back more
than four hundred  years. There is also a record
of a house being on the Holker site at the beginning
of the 16th Century.
Within the house you will fine examples of European
furniture, paintings, sculpture and carvings with many
of them being brought to Holker Hall from other family
homes in England.
Adding to this magnificent house are the carpets and
tapestries, elegant fireplaces and ornate ceilings which
are priceless that adorn the rooms.
gardens are described as being "amongst the best
in the world" in the Good Gardens Guide, with the
gardens being cared for by talented and respected gardeners
over the years gone by. In the garden are exotic and
unusual trees, plants and shrubs thrive due to the high
rainfall and mild climate the area as to offer. In early
spring and summer rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas
come into their own offering an array of colour. Also
housed at Holker is the thriving national collection
of styracaceae, one of Britain's 50 great Trees the
Great Holker Lime which measures 7"6' across and
the recent addition of a labyrinth in the wildflower
meadow. Amongst the various trees, shrubs, plants and
flowers are water features with the fountain, cascades
and ornamental ponds enriching the area and where you
can sit and relax and admire the beauty of the gardens.
Within the grounds you can visit the deer park; children
can entertain themselves in the adventure playground.
Holker is also becoming the place to eat as the Holker
Food Hall sticks over 1800 items to tempt you. The Courtyard
Café is fast gaining popularity for its locally
sourced Cumbrian menu and of course the Gift Shop is
a treasure trove of special somethings to take home,
including Holker plants.
Starting in the Spring with their Spring Festive Market
to the Holker Festival, a celebration of Garden, Countryside
and Food and their Festive Winter Market Holker provides
variety and appeal for all ages. There are special Garden
Walks every Thursday at 2.00pm for a small charge which
feature the latest blooms in the Garden.
Lakeland Motor Museum is situated at Holker Hall offering
a nostalgic reminder of transport and horticultural
of years gone by with famous marques from Alfa Romeo,
Bentley, Cadillac, Ford, Jaguar, Lotus and Norton just
to mention a few.
You will find over ten thousand [30,000] exhibits that
includes vintage and classic, transport and sporting
vehicles, bicycles and motorbikes and enter into re-creation
of a garage of the 1920's. All the exhibits are maintained
and displayed in the former Shire horse stables and
of the exhibitions is a tribute to Donald Campbell in
the Bluebird K7, who was killed in 1967 while making
his last attempt at his own water speed record on Coniston
Water which was 276.3mph. Within the exhibition is the
full size detailed replicas of the 1935 Bluebird car
and the famous jet hydroplane, Bluebird K7 along with
photographs and video detailing the lives, careers,
failures and achievements of the Campbell's father Malcolm
and son Donald.
There is a fine collection of mechanical rotavators,
trimmers, cutters and rollers along with lawnmowers,
hand gardening tools and equipment.
With these excellent attractions is a varied range
of ticket prices and tours offered depending on what
you want to do.
Festive Winter Market 12th
& 13th November 2005
Spring Festive Market 8th
& 9th April 2006
The Holker Festival 2nd,
3rd & 4th June 2006
National Garden Scheme Open for
Charity Day 12th July 2006
Festive Winter Market 11th
& 12th November 2006
It is advisable to
contact Holker Hall prior to your visit if there is
something specific you wish to see or any alterations
have been made to the Opening times and the attraction
Further information and details on opening
times, costs and facilities please contact or
visit web site.
Location - Holker Hall,
Cark-in-Cartmel, Near Grange-over-Sands