Cumbria Historic and Architectural Properties and Gardens

Castles, Abbeys, Churches, Houses, Estates and Gardens, Industrial Heritage attractions and museums (English Heritage / National Trust / others) many with brief details of disabled access.
Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the Cumbria Attractions and Nature pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.

We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed


Brantwood - former home of John Ruskin and depicts the last 28 years of his life spent in the Lakes, fine paintings, beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s personal treasures. Garden, exhibitions, workshops - The ground floor rooms, which comprise drawing room, annex, dining room, study, Blue Gallery, hallway, video and Brantwood`s bookshop are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. A ramp is available to the main entrance and a permanent ramp has been installed to Ruskin’s dining room. An information sheet is available in Braille. The gardens and grounds ahave stepped access and are unsuitable for those in wheelchairs.


Carlisle Castle (EH) - medieval castle rooms, 19th century military buildings, Cumbria's Museum of Military Life - Accessible Toilets, Wheelchair access is limited. The new exhibition and grounds are accessible. However, the shop, Keep, Ramparts and Captain's Tower are not wheelchair accessible.


Levens Hall & Gardens - in the Bagot family for over four hundred years, the house dates from c1350 but the interior is of the Elizabethan period with its fine oak panelling and ornate plasterwork, fine furniture, paintings etc. The Garden was Laid out in the 1690s and retains many of its original features, Topiary, Herb and Rose Gardens. For children there are the Creepy Crawly Corner, Playground, Willow Maze, Costumes, Traction Engines, cafe, shop - Due to the constraints of the house access is not possible for those in wheelchairs or using their mobility aids and baby buggies. Levens Gardens, The Bellingham Buttery and The Potting Shed Gift Shop are all accessible. The Gardens have gravel paths and a map of recommended routes is available, disabled toilet, A DVD runs in the Buttery enabling those who cannot access the House to see all the rooms on show to the public


Lowther Castle & Gardens - ruined castle and gardens, 130 acres, museum and gallery, café, shop - The Stable Courtyard, Shop and Café are fully wheelchair accessible. The gardens offer level paths of hard gravel around the main lawns and some of the later gardens but there are areas of the gardens which are not accessible to people with limited mobility


Muncaster Castle and Gardens - Historic Haunted Castle, Himalayan Gardens, Hawk & Owl Centre, MeadowVole Maze and Playgrounds, Cafe and Giftshops, 70 acres of garden - Wheelchairs and mobility scooter loan, Accessible toilets, Cafe, Most of the ground floor of the Castle (where the majority of the audio tour takes place) is accessible by wheelchair and there is a virtual tour on a computer in the library which enables guests to view the upstairs rooms.




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