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Holker Hall, Cumbria

Holker Hall (pronounced Hooker) in Cumbria is quite a find, although essentially a spring garden. You enter the gardens through a courtyard and arrive in the Elliptical Garden adjacent to the house – this is a formal garden with flower beds enclosed by yew and box hedges, best seen in springtime when the tulips and alliums are in bloom. It is divided into four colour-coded beds and the effect in early spring is stunning.

Holker Hall, Cumbria, Charlotte Weychan

From here you move on into the Summer Garden (above) with its formal, boxed lawns and central arbor. You can also get glimpses of the family’s private garden from here. The design of this part of the garden naturally draws you in towards the gate in the distance, where you’ll find the wildflower meadow and labyrinth.

Holker Hall, Cumbria, Charlotte Weychan

You emerge from the formal gardens and suddenly find yourself in front of a rhododendron filled glade, with the huge water feature ahead of you. It’s hard to say whether it’s more impressive with the trees are in bloom, or as the petals fall to the ground (above), when there is a complete carpet of pink rhododendron petals. But whatever your preference, don’t stop here, because there is still more garden to see! Read on for The Galloping Gardener’s full review here.

Holker Hall, Cumbria, Charlotte Weychan

Contact Details

Holker Estate, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands Cumbria.
T: 015395 58328 E:

Opening Days and Times

24th March – 3rd November, Sunday – Friday (Closed Saturdays).

Hall:  11.00am – 4.00pm (Please note pushchairs/prams are not allowed in the Hall)
Gardens: 10.30am – 5.30pm

Hall and Gardens Adult £11.50 Child (6-15) FREE
Gardens Adult £7.50 Child (6-15) FREE
Hall Adult £7.00 Child (6-15) FREE