Many consider Higham Hall to be the UK’s best independent residential college providing a range of open learning experiences for adults.
Extract from Mannix & Whellan, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847 from our local parish website:
Higham Hall was originally built in 1828 by railway pioneer Thomas Hoskins, who could have sight of the railway which used to run along the route now followed by the A66. It saw service as a Youth Hostel and a Girl’s Boarding School, before becoming an Education Centre in 1975 for Cumbria. In 2008 Higham Hall was sold to the Trust to be run independently as a centre of learning for adults of all ages.
Being a Trust means Higham is run on ethical principles always true to its mission. We are entirely self-supporting with nearly all income coming from the courses we offer. Our success depends very much on people who understand what we are, who believe in what we do, and who support us by spreading the word. Students of all ages (up to and beyond 90!) tend to return over many years for regular doses of inspiration and their ‘fix’ of our unique environment.