Sizergh Castle and Gardens is situated just outside of Kendal in the Lake District. I’ve not been to the Lakes since I was a child – except for Kendal Calling Festival, of course. As the Lake District is only a couple of hours’ drive from Newcastle, over the Christmas break we decided to have a day out. And what a beautiful drive it is. We took the more scenic route along through the North Pennines, it was so stunning. If you’re not in a rush I highly recommend this route rather than the motorways. It took a little longer but it was well worth it.
As I’m a Northumbrian when I’m told I’ll be visiting a castle I have an image in my head of a huge fortified structure on top of a hill, such as Warkworth Castle or Bamburgh Castle. Sizergh Castle is more of a stately home. Built in the 14th century, the Strickland family has lived in the house for more than 750 years and continues to do so today. Unfortunately, we couldn’t explore inside the house as it was closed for the winter so we’ll have to visit again in the Spring.
Another reason to revisit Sizergh Castle and Gardens in the Spring is the beautiful gardens. I don’t have green fingers. I couldn’t tell you the difference between a Daffodil and a Dahila. I do very much appreciate a beautiful garden full of blooms. though. The gardens aren’t the largest I’ve visited such as The Alnwick Garden, but they are nevertheless stunning. Alongside the floral gardens, you can also explore the limestone rock garden and the water gardens. The swans on the lake were fab to watch for a few minutes.
Trails Through the Grounds
If that wasn’t enough for you and you want to explore the grounds further, a network of paths winds around the estate with various walks. The routes are all plotted on the map you receive when you visit the estate and are labeled with difficulty and how long it should take you. Very helpful. We weren’t very prepared so didn’t have suitable footwear on. Most of the paths are trails through muddy fields so I’d definitely recommend wellies or hiking boots.
Sizergh Castle and Gardens cost £4 per adult to visit in winter (doesn’t include access to the house) and then parking is £2. If you’re a National Trust member you will, of course, receive free entrance. If you can your membership card your parking will be free, too.