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This museum is an exceptional collection of agricultural implements which have only become outdated through the mechanisation of the last seventy years.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



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NEXT EVENT Dalemain Plant Fair with Artisan Foods & Crafts

Sunday 21st June - 10am to 5pm. Celebrating all things Gardening, Quality Plants, Crafts, Artisan foods & Children's Activities

FREE Entry to Plant Fair, Artisan Foods & Crafts.  Discounted entry to Gardens £5, House & Gardens £7 - Children FREE  A Great Day Out for All the Family!

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BOOK NOW: Bespoke Botanic Drawing Courses

 Book now to reserve a place on our new Botanic Drawing courses withMark Fothergill, formerly Botanic Artist to Kew Gardens and Fellow of the Linnean Society.

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The Historic House & Gardens officially opened for the Summer Season on Sunday 29th March 2015 and we look forward to welcoming you to Dalemain.

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LATEST PRESS RELEASE: World’s Best Marmalade Makers Crowned at 2015 Marmalade Festival

WINNING MARMALADE MAKERS MORE INVENTIVE THAN EVER IN 10TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR WITH RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES AND VISITORS

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Moorings available on Lake Ullswater

 Contact Dalemain now to secure a licence to moor your boat on the most beautiful lake in the Lake District

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GREAT TASTE AWARDS NEWS 2014

Dalemain Marmalades have excelled at this year's Great Taste Awards.

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PENRITH REMEMBERS 1914 - 1918

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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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