Levens Hall is the home of the Bagot family and displays one of the largest and oldest topiary gardens in the world. It is probably the finest Elizabethan house in Cumbria and contains oak panelling, leather wall coverings, plasterwork, a collection of Jacobean furniture, fine paintings, the earliest English patchwork and many other beautiful objects. Visitors may wander through the House at their leisure.The award-winning Gardens were laid out from 1694 by Monsieur Guillaume Beaumont and are largely unchanged today. Topiary, beech hedges and seasonal bedding provide a stunning visual impact. The Potting Shed Gift Shop has a lovely selection of unusual and imaginative gifts and books, many of which relate directly to the Hall and the world famous gardens. Free parking and free entry to the Tea Room, Gift Shop and Plant Centre. New for 2019 will be the Levens Kitchen serving a fine selection of hot and cold dishes, puddings and snacks.
I first visited Levens Hall as a child and even still today this attraction holds a fond place in my heart. This Elizabethan style home is rich in not only history but atmosphere also. There are a number of historic houses dotted all over Cumbria, but I have to say that there is something very special about Levens Hall & Gardens. The gardens are something out of an ‘Alice in Wonderland' film, and I have to say are some of the best gardens not only in Cumbria but the United Kingdom. It is safe to say no visit to Cumbria is complete without a visit here. The offers simple but tasty food and has a fantastic selection of cakes baked by a lady that has been in service here at the house for over thirty years, once tasted you'll know why she's been here so long! They are now in the process of building "Levens Kitchen, a small cafe which will open in March 2019.