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Sizergh Castle // Kendal

Sizergh Castle

Explore this impressive stately home set within stunning landscaped and wooded land.

Just south of Kendal in the countryside of Cumbria sits Sizergh Castle, a commanding and vast estate with a rich history and stunning surrounding land.

This impressive stately home and garden is in the care of the National Trust, although it still remains as the home of the Strickland family who have lived in Sizergh Castle for more than 750 years; it was passed into their hands in the 13th century. It's believed that Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII lived here following the death of her first husband in 1533.

Perhaps its most notable feature is the land it sits within - covering a vast 1,600 acres surrounding the castle. Wander through the estate and take in some of its best features; the 1920s limestone rock garden, enchanting wildflower and water gardens, kitchen garden and lake.

The Sizergh Castle estate also lies within the Morecambe Bay Nature Improvement Area and in 2014 plans were announced to create a 35 hectare wetland habitat on the estate. But there is already so much nature to see - hawfinches are often spotted close to the car park and fritillary butterflies live in the woods on the estate.

The majority of this Grade I listed medieval castle is centred on the 14th century solar tower which is surrounded by a Tudor house with beautiful oak panelling and period furniture. It was extended during the Elizabethan times and in around 1770 the Great Hall was expanded. Within the fortified mansion you'll find some of the finest Elizabethan carved overmantels, French furniture and numerous family portraits.

Within the grounds visitors will also find a cafe and shop close to the car park.

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