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Morland House and Gardens

Ancient Cumbrian house and gardens and home to the Markham family since 1828

Morland, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3AZ

Morland House and gardens
Free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Bike storage facilities
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Garden only
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
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Accessibility

The garden, set on a number of levels, has many stone steps which may be slippery in wet weather. The gravel paths are difficult for wheel chair users.

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Morland House is a former Tudor vicarage lived in by the Markham family since 1828. The four acres of magical gardens reflect the changing tastes of successive generations.

Described as ‘a hidden secret in the heart of the tranquil Eden Valley’ (Tim Longville, Cumbria Life) the first impression is one of extensive lawns, colourful herbaceous borders and walled rose garden with views to the Pennines. Then comes the surprise. A flight of stone steps leads down to a lower garden laid out around Morland Beck fed by a high ‘force’ gushing water into a shady pool below. Crossing the beck by the wooden foot bridge, visitors reach a secret wonderland where nature runs riot – a Victorian rock garden created out of a former quarry complete with fountain, grotto and cliff top walk towering overhead. The circular walk returns via the steppingstones and Lion Steps to the croquet lawns.

Starting with snowdrops and aconites in January and February, there are extensive daffodils in March and tulips in April and May. June is the month for the rose garden, and the herbaceous borders flourish from July to October. The garden trail will keep all ages entertained.

Morland House is in the heart of the village with the front gates and driveway leading from the village square. Ideal for family celebrations and special occasions with friends.

To round off the visit, the Millyard Café is open Wednesdays to Sundays.

Opening Times

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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2023

Gardens only: Every day, all year, 10am to 5pm.

The Millyard Cafe is open from Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive, 10 – 4. W.C. in stable yard. Free parking in front of the main house.

Admission

Adults – £5

Cash in donation box or online via www.morlandhousegardens.com

U12s, Historic Houses members and Season ticket holders – free

Payment by cash in donation box
Or online.

Historic Houses members register by Plant Stall. Middle courtyard, to right hand side under arch.

Group Visits

Pre-arranged group visits can include a talk from the Head Gardener.

for the latest information.
Accessibility

The garden, set on a number of levels, has many stone steps which may be slippery in wet weather. The gravel paths are difficult for wheel chair users.

Does our information need updating?
Let us know here

Getting here

Morland, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3AZ

To get to Morland:

From the south, leave the M6 at Junction 39 (Shap), pass though Shap village and take the second turn right, signposted Morland. On entering Morland follow the road down the hill and the drive entrance is at the bottom of the hill on the left.

From the north, leave the M6 at Junction 40 (Penrith), and take the A66 east for half a mile to the roundabout and then right on the A6 to Shap. Pass though Eamont Bridge and then take the second left, signposted Morland. After 4 miles, in Cliburn village, turn right to Morland and on entering the village follow the road down the hill. The drive entrance is at the bottom of the hill on the left.

From the east, take the A66 from Scotch Corner and turn left 1 mile after the end of the Appleby bypass, down a road signposted to Bolton and Cliburn. After Bolton village, take the first left and then the first right, signposted Morland. On entering the village cross the bridge into the village square, and the drive entrance is on the right.

By train, Penrith is the closest station, on the West Coast Main Line – 3 hours from London or 1½ hours from Glasgow or Edinburgh. If train travellers cannot be collected by other members of their party, a taxi to Morland House will cost approximately £25.00. There is a list of numbers in the station waiting room, or call Beacon Taxis on (01768) 895969 or Penrith Taxis on (01768) 899298. Coming from Yorkshire, Appleby station (on the beautiful Settle to Carlisle line) is another option.

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