The Estate has approximately 1,300 acres of woodlands at Holker and across south Cumbria. Two thirds are coniferous forests planted in the twentieth century and one third are broadleaved woodlands, some of which are classed as Ancient Woodland Sites. The coniferous forests were planted to produce commercial timber products within a relatively short time. Whilst this remains an important consideration, the Estate’s objectives are broader now and the woodlands are managed with biodiversity, landscape and amenity in mind.
The woodlands are managed by a small team, using contractors for felling and planting work. The Forestry Commission provides support through a woodland management grant and woodland improvement grants. The Estate is also exploring opportunities for new woodland creation.
The Estate produces sustainably grown commercial timber products including woodchip, which is used in the Estate’s two biomass boilers.
You have the option of booking tickets in advance via our 'Book Tickets' button in the top right hand corner or when you arrive with us at our kiosk.
As of w/c 4th April, we will be opening the Hall as a 'free-flow' visit. This means you no longer have to book a specific time and tour when visiting the Hall, your ticket is valid for the full day of your visit. If you have already purchased a timed ticket, this is still valid for your day of visit.
Dates and Times
2022 Season Opening
Friday 11th March - Sunday 30th October 2022
Gardens, Parkland, Cafe, Gift Shop & Food Hall - 10.30am-5pm
Hall open - 11am-4pm (Including Bank Holiday Monday)