Rydal Hall is owned and operated by the Diocese of Carlisle. Our main aim is to promote and support the Christian Faith through conferences, events and retreats in and beyond the Diocese.
We have a distinctively Christian ethos which underpins the provision of excellent service and hospitality to all, and in our relationships with our partners, the local community and suppliers.
We warmly welcome other groups and individuals to use and enjoy Rydal Hall, its gardens and tea shop. This helps us to become self-financing and allows us to share our Christian ethos and beautiful surroundings with a wider audience. We welcome conference guests, families, youth groups, couples – in short anyone looking for a tranquil retreat in one of the UK’s finest beauty spots.
Beautifully restored over many years, the Hall and the surrounding estate and buildings are now available for individuals and groups to come and enjoy. We have the advantage of owning a large estate which includes the restored Thomas Mawson garden which is open every day between 10am – 4pm, over 34 acres of woodland including a free flowing beck which produces the majestic Rydal waterfalls (made famous by William Wordsworth). We make an ideal starting point for a section of the well-known Coffin Trail – the picturesque pathway from Grasmere to Ambleside.
With wonderful views over the Rothay Valley, with the Fairfield Horseshoe and Nab Scar as a backdrop, Rydal Hall is the perfect place for you to come and enjoy this beautiful part of the world. If you enjoy walking, the possibilities are limitless, from gentle strolls around the garden, to more adventurous walks on public footpaths or out on the fells. For the more adventurous, we are ideally suited for you to access a wide variety of other activities on or around the lakes – from abseiling to white water kayaking! Download our information leaflet (PDF)