It’s hard to believe it’s now 150 years since much-loved children’s author Beatrix Potter was born. And the colourful characters she created through her enduring words and beautifully executed illustrations, from Peter Rabbit to Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Mr Toad, continue to be loved all around the world.
There are so many ways to experience the magic of Beatrix Potter in Britain, here are some of our favourites:
Peter Rabbit country
The Lake District is a place of pilgrimage for fans of Potter’s books, and The World of Beatrix Potter attraction in Windermere plays homage to her works. The Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead, is in a charming 17th century cottage and hosts storytelling events amid her artwork.
At Beatrix Potter’s own house, Hill Top, you can easily picture Peter Rabbit leaping about in the garden, and in fact it was here she created the charming character. The picturesque farmhouse remains just as the author left it, complete with her writing desk. Visit Hill Top and other Beatrix Potter properties with the National Trust Touring Pass.
Stay in Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse
Imagine yourself relaxing in front of open fires, and eating dinner at Potter’s original dining table… Yew Tree Farm was once owned by the author and is now available to rent as a holiday retreat. Scenes from the 2006 film Miss Potter starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor were even shot here.
Be sure to explore around nearby tranquil Derwentwater, which provided the incredible backdrop for many more scenes.
See the original Jemima Puddleduck
Home to the Hyde Parker family, Melford Hall in Suffolk, in the east of England, was frequently visited by Beatrix Potter who was the cousin of Lady Hyde Parker.
To this day, you can see the original Jemima Puddleduck soft toy model that Beatrix made for the Hyde Parker children, as well as personal drawings gifted from the author.
Tour the Tailor’s Gloucester
One of Potter’s best-loved books, The Tailor of Gloucester was based on a true story about John Prichard, a tailor who lived in this city in the Cotswolds.
You can take a Tailor of Gloucester guided tour, and the Tailor’s 16th-century house is now a quirky museum – look for the kitchen where Simpkin kept watch over his captured mice.