The Great Barn, situated in the courtyard at Dalemain, was built in the 1500s and is one of the largest and most impressive loft barns in the north of England. The roof height was raised in 1685 by order of Sir Edward Hasell. The barn, which has a monastic feel, now houses the agricultural and fell pony museum on the upper floor. It is stuffed full of the most extraordinary range of things seldom seen nowadays but which bring back nostalgic memories of past-times.

This museum is an exceptional collection of agricultural implements which have only become outdated through the mechanisation of the last seventy years. It is full of various equipment, from carts and ploughs to hand tools and bric-a-brac of a bygone country life.

Sylvia McCosh bred Fell Ponies including many prize winners and exported stallions to both Canada and Pakistan. The museum includes some of her prizes, as well as harnesses, tack and a blacksmith’s workshop. Make sure you do not miss this worthwhile collection telling something of the Lake District traditional breed which have their origins in the hardy, black ponies of Romano Britain. 



NEW EVENT - THE LAKES CHILLI FESTIVAL 2014 - Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Aug - 10am to 6pm both days

BRINGING THE HEAT BACK TO THE LAKES!

The Lakes Chilli Fest is back! Come and get involved with over 80 producers offering the tastiest & spiciest chilli products, real ale producers, first class entertainment and exciting challenges.

'A Carnival of food & fun at the North West's Biggest Chilli Festival.'

The fun starts at 10am & finishes at 6pm Saturday and Sunday.  FREE entry for Children under 16.  Dogs Welcome at the festival. Highlights include: International Street Food Area, ENTERTAINMENT with Live Bands, DJ's, Fully Licensed Bars bringing you real ales, ciders, cocktails & pimms. Free entry to Dalemain Gardens. A GREAT DAY OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY!  We look forwarding to seeing you!

Early Bird Advance Purchase Daily tickets only £4.50 Limited numbers so hurry! £7 each when the early bird allocation runs out.

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WELCOME to Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens - Spring & Summer Opening times

The Historic House & Gardens officially opened for the Summer Season on Sunday 6th April 2014.  We are open Sunday to Thursday 10.30am to 5pm.  

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PENRITH REMEMBERS 1914 - 1918

Penrith Remembers Launches The Centenary Programme of the Commemoration of the World War 1 at Dalemain

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Dalemain Wins HHA/Christie's Prestigious Garden of the Year Award 2013

The charming English gardens of Dalemain, nestled in the Lake District, have won the 2013 Garden of the Year Award sponsored by the Historic Houses Association and Christie’s. This prestigious national award, now in its 29th year, is designed to recognise the importance of gardens with outstanding horticultural and public appeal, either in their own right or as the setting for an historic house.  

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Dalemain wins prestigious Heritage Award for best event 2012

Dalemain has been presented with a prestigious Hudson’s Heritage Award for Best Event 2012 - The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival.

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