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  • Suratrichard
    Surat Thani, Thailand2,100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvelous place to visit! There’s plenty of car parking and it’s only a short walk to the castle. Entrance is free for National Trust members. The interior of the castle is quite dark but extremely interesting with knowledgeable volunteer guides in each room. Non flash photography is allowed. There are quite a number of stairs so anyone suffering mobility problems might struggle. Lots of beautiful furniture and artifacts so it’s worth taking time.
    After visiting the castle, do wander around the magnificent gardens. There’s lots of photo opportunities and a wide range of trees and shrubs some of which were particularly colourful when we visited…rhododendrons, azaleas and acers.
    After a good walk, head for the cafe and gift shop.
    Highly recommended
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • Suratrichard
    Surat Thani, Thailand2,100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Levens Hall is known worldwide for its famous topiary gardens. They really are amazing with so many different shapes and sizes but the gardens are much more than the topiary and time is needed to fully appreciate the work that must be needed to maintain them to such a high standard. You could easily spend several hours wandering around the gardens where there are plenty of places to sit and admire the landscape.
    The Hall itself is particularly interesting with knowledgeable, friendly guides on hand to answer any queries. Photography is not allowed in the Hall as light levels are quite low in some parts.
    There’s more than adequate car parking and entrance was £31 for two adults which we thought represented very good value.
    There is a cafe/restaurant(reviewed separately) , gift shop and plant sales area together with toilets near the entrance.
    Easy to find as the M6 is close by and there was is good signage.
    Highly recommended.
    Written 21 May 2024
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  • Jane E
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happy animals and pets. Lots to see, plenty of imaginative activities for energetic young people with areas for small children set aside.
    A cafe with a good selection of drinks and hot snacks, also plenty of picnic tables
    Friendly staff and helpers everywhere.
    Hand washing stations were very welcome and well spaced.

    A better day out than any big theme park, highly recommended!
    Written 13 May 2024
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  • allertonlad
    Northallerton, UK1,349 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Looked to be great views from all seats in this lovely little theatre in the centre of Kendal. Eyewatering expensive drinks, and a big issue with tickets not scanning did detract from the evening, but still enjoyable overall.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • Rachel L
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting museum - very family friendly with children's activities. My 3 year old loved getting a little rucksack to take round which had magnifying glass, pictures to spot etc. A saviour on a rainy day!
    Written 22 May 2024
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  • Jabberjab
    St. Albans, UK31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting exhibits on display, well worth a visit. Lots of different categories and the wildlife exhibits are great
    Written 14 May 2024
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  • david n
    Manchester, UK4,677 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The castle is around a 10 minute walk from Kendal town centre and is worth the exercise. Yes, there is a steep uphill walk - but as other have confirmed - it is worth it !
    Written 30 April 2024
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  • Rachel L
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Came here on a rainy day whilst visiting Kendal. Really lovely, clean soft play and roleplay town. 3 year old and 1 year old loved it - we enjoyed the coffee
    Written 22 May 2024
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  • Ann S
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a small but beautiful gallery. We saw the Julie Brook exhibition. If you visit be prepared to watch the videos, each is about 15/20 mins long and there are at least five of them. Sometimes it feels like nothing is happening but I found it a rather meditative experience and the more I saw about how Julie Brook works the more amazing a woman and artist she seemed. I loved her drawings, paintings and photographs too, evocative. We virtually had the gallery to ourselves, a calming still place to wander in. There are a small number of other paintings/sculptures on show which gave me time to really look at them properly. We took two hours then needed a break - picnic lunch in the park outside and coffee from the gallery shop - then back in for another hour to finish viewing the exhibition. BBC4 have a documentary 'Forest Field and Sky: Art out of nature' this is on show in the gallery but you can watch it on i-player too. I think I enjoyed the exhibition more having watched that programme first as it gave me a better understanding of landscape artists like Julie Brook. After the exhibition the title "What is it that will last" is resonating with me. £9 for three enjoyable hours seems ok, especially as I can use the ticket again to visit Abbot Hall anytime in the next year
    Written 11 August 2023
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  • Linda M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved everything about our visit to this local Museum. The receptionist was very friendly and helpful and the shop was well stocked.
    Written 9 January 2020
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  • G4HZW
    Mobberley UK16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited this excellent reserve as part of an overnight trip with our birdwatching club as we drove between Walney Island and Leighton Moss. It's a little gem! Friendly staff, well-maintained boardwalks and viewing platforms. Lesser Redpolls, Willow Warblers, Tree Pipits and, of course, the nesting Ospreys. Well worth setting aside a couple of hours if you're in the area.
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • BobbyStreet
    Troon, UK102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Been back a couple of times and great to see stock changing each time - it’s clearly a thriving business. Well priced items and some great vinyl bargains to be had, a couple of stalls in particular have keenly priced records to suit all tastes. A wide array of collectibles across the stalls as well as some nice pieces of furniture. Really something for everyone and close to town centre so fairly handy.
    Written 18 October 2023
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