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DALEMAIN MANSION & HISTORIC GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Penrith
CA11 0HB

M6, Jct 40, A66, A592, between Penrith & Ullswater.

5 acres

Tel
01768 486450

Visit website

Opening Hours

Sun–Fri, 10.30am–3pm, 6 Feb–9 Apr and 31 Oct–16 Dec; 10.30am–4.30pm, 10 Apr–30 Oct.

Admission

Non-member adult £10.50.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - Feb–Apr & Aug–Oct.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Children’s garden (not playground)
  • Colour themed borders
  • Cottage planting
  • Herbaceous border
  • Prairie/naturalistic planting
  • Rock garden
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Winter garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Jane Hasell-McCosh

The family home to the Hasell family since 1679, Dalemain is a beautiful mixture of medieval, Tudor & Georgian, situated in a landscape of rolling parkland, lakes and rugged Cumbrian hills. It is hardly surprising that when the first Edward Hasell set eyes on the medieval manor house in this beautiful valley, he fell in love with it.    

The garden starts with a terrace walk created in the mid-1700s, of which very few remain in the British Isles. Tucked in behind, there is an Elizabethan cobbled courtyard, a Tudor knot garden for herbs and an English rose walk that boasts more than 100 old-fashioned roses. The kitchen garden has fruit trees that were planted 250 years ago, though the overall 'feel' of Dalemain is Edwardian.    

Dalemain’s gardens are made up of many different kinds of planting, with big herbaceous borders and intimate flower beds. It has extraordinary plant combinations that complement or contrast each other. The more formal gardens make way for the wild garden with drifts of Meconopsis and martagon lilies in late spring, though it is fair to say that this is a garden that looks good in all seasons. The gardens also contain an earth sculpture, wild flower spiral garden and stumpery. The vernacular buildings include a grotto at the top of the garden where the gentle sound of Dacre beck and the deer park behind are soothing to many visitors.    

Guests who visit find Dalemain a place of peace and tranquillity. In the garden there are many paths to explore and places to escape to and the Dalemain bees are always busy. The Hasell family are often around and enjoy showing people the developments of the gardens. With Gardening Which? putting it in the Top Ten gardens of northern Britain, Dalemain is a garden to be savoured.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Alpines
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Bluebells
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cut flowers
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Meconopsis
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Topiary
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

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