Cumbria

Visit Cumbria for an experience like no other in England. The market towns of Kendal, Keswick and Cockermouth offer a unique shopping experience for the urban dweller, and the busy lakes of Windermere and Ullswater provide ample opportunity for boating or watersports. The east’s Eden Valley is one of the region’s best-kept secrets, and the west’s dramatic scenery of Buttermere and Wastwater well-worth the extra-mileage. Keep an eye out for England’s last golden eagle and don’t forget to stock up on Kendal Mintcake, still made in the town that bears its name. Visit Cumbria today and take in the county’s splendour for yourself.

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Visit Cumbria for an experience like no other in England. The market towns of Kendal, Keswick and Cockermouth offer a unique shopping experience for the urban dweller, and the busy lakes of Windermere and Ullswater provide ample opportunity for boating or watersports. The east’s Eden Valley is one of the region’s best-kept secrets, and the west’s dramatic scenery of Buttermere and Wastwater well-worth the extra-mileage. Keep an eye out for England’s last golden eagle and don’t forget to stock up on Kendal Mintcake, still made in the town that bears its name. Visit Cumbria today and take in the county’s splendour for yourself.

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12 award-winning places to visit in Cumbria

12 award-winning places to visit in Cumbria

Add some award-winning destinations to your Cumbria itinerary with the latest winners from the 2018 Cumbria Tourism awards.

 
Wander along the Whitehaven coastline

Wander along the Whitehaven coastline

With the opening of the Whitehaven to Silecroft coastal path this summer, there’s more coastline than ever to explore.

Location: Whitehaven, Cumbria

 
Explore Hadrian's Wall by bike, bus and on foot

Explore Hadrian's Wall by bike, bus and on foot

Start your discovery of Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria, northwest England, and absorb stunning scenery as you journey east.

Location: Hadrian's Wall

 
Take a walk round Cumbria with Jennings Adventure Ale Trails

Take a walk round Cumbria with Jennings Adventure Ale Trails

Stunning scenery, cosy accommodation, good food and real ale are all on offer with Jennings Adventure Ales trails in the Lake District.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

 
Step back in time and live like Wordsworth in Cumbria

Step back in time and live like Wordsworth in Cumbria

A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

Location: Cockermouth, Cumbria

 
Escape to the Lake District for a dog friendly weekend break

Escape to the Lake District for a dog friendly weekend break

Head to Coniston in the Lake District for a multitude of dog friendly days out, including long walks, boat rides and lots of cake.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

 
Be a zookeeper for the day at South Lakes Safari Zoo

Be a zookeeper for the day at South Lakes Safari Zoo

Spend some quality time with the family with an up-close animal encounter at South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria.

Location: Dalton In Furness, Cumbria

 
Reach new heights on a Lake District mountain

Reach new heights on a Lake District mountain

Climb where only birds fly and explore a hidden underground world in Cumbria’s Lake District mountains, the ultimate place to broaden your horizons.

Location: Honister Pass, Cumbria

 
Enjoy a romantic boathouse break in the Lake District

Enjoy a romantic boathouse break in the Lake District

Escape with your loved one to the idyllic shores of Lake Windermere in your very own luxurious boathouse bolthole.

Location: Pullwood Bay, Lake District

 
Enjoy luxury by the lake at Storrs Hall Hotel

Enjoy luxury by the lake at Storrs Hall Hotel

Perched on the edge of the famous Lake Windermere, this Grade-II-listed Georgian mansion is surrounded by 17 acres of neatly trimmed grounds – plus the obligatory folly (in this case a temple).

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

 
Experience a stunning Lakeland waterfall walk

Experience a stunning Lakeland waterfall walk

Don’t miss a trip to the Taylor Gill Force to see fabulous streams and waterfalls set against a backdrop of stunning scenery.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

 
November events: Experience Kendal’s version of the Oscars

November events: Experience Kendal’s version of the Oscars

Kendal is a magnet for mountaineers who don’t just come to climb, but to gather and celebrate all things mountainous at its annual festival.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

 
Explore the Lake District

Explore the Lake District

Discover the 200 fells, pikes and dales of the Lakes in a vintage camper van.

Location: Cumbria

 
Take a steamboat cruise on Coniston Water

Take a steamboat cruise on Coniston Water

See the Coniston Old Man in a different light.

Location: Coniston, Cumbria

 
Rest and romance in the iconic Lake District landscape

Rest and romance in the iconic Lake District landscape

Leathes Head Country House Hotel is the ideal spot to spend some much-needed time for two in the heart of the Lake District.

Location: Borrowdale, Cumbria

 
Discover The Lakes by Canoe

Discover The Lakes by Canoe

Canoe along the Derwentwater and discover something special about being close to the water.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

 
Release your inner Wordsworth with Words by the Water Festival

Release your inner Wordsworth with Words by the Water Festival

Don’t miss this exciting literature event, a festival of words and ideas, set by the lake surrounded by the Lake District fells.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

 
June events: Celebrate nature at Keswick Mountain Festival

June events: Celebrate nature at Keswick Mountain Festival

Enjoy outdoor activities, world class speakers, sporting events, camping, and live music at this unique festival in the heart of the Lake District.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

 
Visit poet William Wordsworth's most famous home

Visit poet William Wordsworth's most famous home

See where the author of ‘Daffodils’ was inspired to write most of his work and take a guided tour of Dove Cottage, his home.

Location: Grasmere, Cumbria

 
Explore the bustling harbour at Maryport

Explore the bustling harbour at Maryport

Watch brightly-coloured trawlers unload the days’ catch, enjoy a bracing walk or coastal cycle, sample locally caught fish or go to a festival.

Location: Maryport, Cumbria

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