Bowness-on-Windermere is a town in South Lakeland, Cumbria, England. Due to its position on the banks of Windermere, the town has become a tourist honeypot. Although their mutual growth has caused them to become one large settlement, the town is distinct from the town of Windermere as the two still have distinguishable town centres. Historically part of Westmorland, in 2012, Bowness was one of the official stop off points for the Olympic torch before it made its way to the Olympic Games opening ceremony.
'Bowness' (originally 'Bulnes') means " 'the headland where the bull grazes', from OE 'bula', 'bull' and OE 'næss' 'headland', perhaps referring to the keeping of the parish bull." The 'on-Windermere' part was added later (found on the Ordnance Survey map of 1899), presumably to distinguish this 'Bowness' from other Cumbrian ones. ('OE' = Old English).
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John H | Jan 17, 2018
What a wonderful place if it had been part of a Disney MGM or Universal attraction it would have been glitzy and ten times its size. Instead it's beautiful sedate and very interesting for all ages and nationalities. It's reasonably priced and the staff are brilliant, all pleasant and very helpful.The introductory film and the walk through the world of Beatrix Potter stories and characters is fantastic. To finish off the restaurant with all the home made beautiful food at very reasonable prices made it a perfect experience. Oh yes I have been to Disney and co both at LA and Florida. They are great, however I find the whole Beatrix Potter story and attraction a great British experience we should be proud of. Thank you.
Shane Brassington | Feb 22, 2018
Wow.. What can I say. If you grew up or know of Beatrix Potter. This is a must see place. The attention to details as you walk round is incredible! Though small. Your in awe of the flashbacks from the stories of yesteryear. You won't be disappointed with this incredible place! If your in the lake district. Get yourself down.
Kelly Proffitt | Feb 22, 2018
A beautiful and pleasant place to visit that's perfect for all ages. The models of the characters are wonderfully made and presented, catapulting you into the magical stories that Beatrix created. There's plenty to see and explore here, including facts and information about the author and her life. You can enjoy an afternoon tea session or simply browse the wide range of souvenirs and collectables in the gift shop. It's a timeless wonder that needs to be added to your bucket list.
Danneey Lane | Dec 2, 2017
If you have grown up with the tales of Peter Rabbit and friends, this attraction is a must visit. Once inside, you will enjoy a gentle walk around numerous scenes from the books in beautiful detail. There is a quiz sheet for the kids to take part in during the walk. You will learn the history of Beatrix Potter and discover the inspiration for many of her tales. Photography is allowed although they prefer you to do so without flash and any pictures taken are for your own pleasure only. Wheelchairs and pushchairs can access the attraction via the rear door, there are steps in the garden area but the remainder of the attraction is accessible. There is also a tearoom and toilets for visitors. Visit, you won't be disappointed.
dave kerr | Feb 2, 2018
Step into the world of Beatrix Potter, as they probably say. The place is indoors, so great for a wet day activity. It's a twisting path around a quite large space, containing continuous life size displays of views and characters from the books. The displays are very detailed, even down to the strong smell of soap in the washer woman hedgehog's house. There's a activity book to fill in to give kids something extra to do and they get a sticker at the end.
Hanna Gray | Mar 8, 2018
Very helpful staff. Looked for a particular book in the gift shop, lady at the desk kindly found it for us along with a cuddly toy version of one of the characters! Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area and remember reading Beatrix Potter books when younger... One small point if pushing a pram as we were (or if in a wheelchair) - although accessible it's quite a steep cobbled drive to get down to the attraction, and quite a push to get back up.
Stephanie Edwards | Apr 2, 2018
Amazing exhibition, the information and history was excellent. Beautiful garden that you could physically experience the scent of the botanics that made up the original stories. Lovely. Was our best paid for day out by far during our stay. Would go again.
Michael Kennedy | Apr 16, 2018
From a child point of view I have rated this 5 stars. The attraction is small. If you wanted to walk around the whole thing without taking in any of tiny details or doing the clues it's no more than a 2 minute walk to get round. That being said they have filled it with some very interesting Beatrix potter figurine's puzzles for the kids. There is an exterior garden also. The kids loved it and that is what matters. It still only took some 30 minutes for the kids too take everything in. They were 5 and 6.
Keith Winn | Apr 11, 2018
We visited this place was a good day out.we went on a small but very nice ferry and caught a bus to top hill where the house is. The house is just as it was in Beatrice Potter's day really worth a visit. Had lunch in the local pub but forgot the name. Then we had a lovely walk down the hill to the ferry about 2 miles.
Andy Martin | Apr 6, 2018
Great exhibition. The waiting time for entry was about 55 minutes which given it was raining for the first 15min off waiting outside made it a bit of a struggle it may just have been a really busy day as the line was always full. Attraction is great takes about 40 min to get around (although you can take as long as you want ) wheel chair access throughout which is good to see. Cafe is lovely and gift shop what you expect.
Kate Astley | Jun 5, 2018
A fantastic attraction, so much more than it seems from online. A stunning display of all the favourite Beatrix Potter characters, fun games, puzzles and interactive media for kids to play with all the way around. The show was nothing short of spectacular. You would pay a fortune to see such a quality production on the West End.
Chris Grumley | Jun 11, 2018
My wife loved this, it's really well done. There's no 'high tech' here, just the magic of Beatrix Potter. It's very informative, you'll learn more about the lady herself and the books she is famous for. It was well worth the entrance fee.
Paul Hemmant | Jun 7, 2018
Visited this attraction yesterday and was blown away!! Ideal for kids young and small...brought back floods of memories as a child reading the story books and having them read to me as a child by my mum and grandmother!! Smiling all day long...top attraction!! A special mention to Sophie in the gift shop...very helpful and a great asset to the attraction. Well done all!!!
Ben Kelsey | Jun 9, 2018
Amazing little place, couldn't believe how much they crammed in to the space! A must for any fan or future fan, well thought through and good quality sets and scenes from the books. Plan 30-45 minutes to see it all, and watch out for the pricey gift shop at the end!!
Melissa Dennis | Jun 28, 2018
Very sweet place to take the kids! My son was absolutely transfixed by the show. A the tour is just a little bit too small for the number of people that go through there during their busy season, but they regulate the tours well.
Simon Hacking | Aug 9, 2018
We came in August so naturally it was rammed. Think there was an hour wait to get into the exhibition but instead we'd booked tickets for brunch with Peter, the show and exhibition. It was well worth it, just for skipping the queues. The show was excellent, our 4 year old was captivated. The staff were excellent throughout, appears a very well run place.
Jamie Wood | Aug 1, 2018
We had a great visit at Peter Rabbits place.......Watch the show first it's really brings the Beatrix Potter stories to life when you walk round the exhibition. My children loved the visit and although my eldest is 15 where video games/YouTube are more his thing he really enjoyed talking about the characters with his seven year old sister... Well worth a visit on those "wetter days" when your up in the Lakes!!
fandetupaco | Jul 20, 2018
A pleasant place for little ones. Admission price isn't cheap at all. You have to first sit through a short flick about Beatrix Potter and her creation of Peter Rabbit. Once that's over you can walk into the exhibition of models of the different characters in different scenes. There's a small outdoor garden section as well that is part of the exhibition too. The end of the exhibition leads to the ultra expensive gift shop that is great for those who are fans. You can access the gift shop without having to pay for entering the exhibition.
Karen lowe | Aug 11, 2018
Once inside the work that had gone into this place was incredible. Attention to detail was amazing and the journey through the different areas was a pleasure to all who enjoy Peter Rabbit. The drawback is the queuing system. Due to it being busy you queue for over an hour. With small children this is not a happy scenario. Unfortunately this contributes to adults and children alike being a bit fed up or children falling asleep and missing most of what they came for. It was a lovely experience but be prepared.
Ania Moisey | Aug 11, 2018
Great little exhibition of Beatrix Potter's stories. Young and old will enjoy the beautiful figures of the characters from the books. During high summer the queue can be a while as you cannot pre buy tickets. It is worth the wait.
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