Levens Hall and topiary garden

The Topiary Gardens and Levens Hall

The Topiary Gardens and Levens Hall:

Levens Hall is situated just off the A6 near Levens village and two miles south of Sizergh Castle.

This magnificent Elizabethan estate, the largest in the Lake District, boasts not only a fascinating history and opulent interiors, but is also famed for the world’s oldest and most awe-inspiring topiary gardens.

The unique topiary garden has more than 90 sculptured hedges and trees, including giant umbrellas, chess pieces, a judge’s wig, and a jug of Morroccan ale.

A Glimpse into Grand Elizabethan Living

Levens Hall has been the cherished home of the Bagot family for over two centuries. Stepping through the grand entrance is like stepping back in time.

Explore the grand chambers adorned with exquisite oak panelling, fine furniture, and stunning paintings.

Be sure to marvel at the intricate Spanish leather wall coverings, adding a touch of exotic flair to the Elizabethan grandeur.

Where Art Meets Nature: The Enchanting Topiary Gardens

But the true crown jewel of Levens Hall lies outside. The Grade I listed topiary gardens are a masterpiece of horticultural artistry, dating back to 1694.

Designed by the renowned Guillaume Beaumont, one of the leading garden designers of his era.

These gardens are a testament to human ingenuity and creativity.

Wander through the verdant labyrinths, awestruck by the meticulously sculpted yew trees.

Witness geometric shapes, whimsical animals, and even life-size human figures, all meticulously clipped and pruned to perfection.

These “living sculptures” are a testament to the dedication and skill of the generations of gardeners who have cared for them.

A Timeless Legacy: From Card Games to Conservation

Levens Hall’s history is as intriguing as its architecture and gardens.

The estate once changed hands in a high-stakes game of cards, adding a touch of drama to its story.

Today, the Bagot family remains dedicated to preserving this historic treasure. They are committed to sustainable practices and conservation efforts, ensuring that Levens Hall and its gardens continue to enchant future generations.

Planning Your Visit to Levens Hall

Whether you’re a history buff, a gardening enthusiast, or simply seeking a unique and enchanting escape, Levens Hall is a must-visit.

The estate is open to the public from April to October, offering guided tours of the house and gardens, as well as self-guided exploration.

Here are some additional tips for planning your visit:

  • Book your tickets in advance, especially during peak season.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for exploring the gardens.
  • Allow plenty of time to wander through the house and gardens at your own pace.
  • Pack a picnic lunch or enjoy a delicious meal at Levens Kitchen.
  • Don’t forget your camera to capture the beauty of the gardens.

Levens Hall and its extraordinary topiary gardens offer an unforgettable experience. So, why wait? Immerse yourself in history, wander through a living masterpiece, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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