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This museum is an exceptional collection of agricultural implements which have only become outdated through the mechanisation of the last seventy years.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. 

WELCOME to Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens - Easter & 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

Penrith Remembers has now collated all the local events for the coming year which commemorates the beginning of the First World War. It will be launched at Dalemain on 8 April 2014. This will be attended by Brigadier Chris Coles.

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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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