Places to visit in 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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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

Rainy Day Activities: Visit much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s home

Uncover the life of the children’s author and illustrator as you explore the enchanting landscapes that inspired her.

Location: Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Cumbria

See unusual sculptures in Grizedale Forest

Discover the unexpected, the quirky, the confounding and the confusing in Grizedale Forest with a whole host of art inspired by the landscape.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

Enjoy fine dining at The Samling

Top grub and sweeping views of Lake Windermere.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

Put pedal to the metal on a mountain biking break in Penrith

Hit those Cumbrian trails with your trusty bike on a cycling holiday in Penrith.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

Discover a medieval house at a Cumbrian gateway

An imposing Cumbrian castle boasting an award-winning rock garden.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

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

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

Build sandcastles and paddle in the sea at St Bees

Enjoy the picturesque sights of the red sandstone cliffs as you walk along St Bees's tranquil beach.

Location: St. Bees, Cumbria

Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Enjoy a delicious menu made from the best Cumbrian produce, washed down with a pint of freshly brewed ale at the Kirkstile Inn in the heart of the North Lake District.

Location: Loweswater, Cumbria

Steam into spring on board the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Jump on board the Lake District’s oldest, longest and most scenic railway.

Location: Ravenglass, Cumbria

Banish the autumn blues in a 13th century retreat fit for a queen

As the nights draw in, make yourself at home in a 13th century royal retreat that is anything but old and stuffy.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

Wander like Wordsworth around Ullswater

Take a trip to Ullswater and enjoy the fabulous lake and the crowd of golden daffodils which inspired the poet William Wordsworth.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

Go on a cheese tasting at Thornby Moor Cheese Dairy

Integrity, great flavour and nutritional value is what's on offer at Thornby Moor Cheese Dairy.

Location: Thursby, Cumbria

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

Stay in your very own hobbit hole in the Lake District

Escape on a budget break to the Quiet Site in Cumbria, a family-run site overlooking Ullswater in the north of the Lake District.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

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

Take a wander around Brotherswater

The Lake District in Cumbria is famous for its stunning landscapes of lakes and fells and is the perfect place for family walks of all ages.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Pick a favourite lake from a tour of ten

Not for nothing is this tour named the ‘Ten Lakes Spectacular’ – it takes you to see some of the Lake District’s show-stopping sights in one day.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

Explore The Lake District's Secret Valley

Rannerdale lies between the smaller lakes of Buttermere and Loweswater, a true hidden gem in a place brimming with atmosphere and local legend.

Location: Buttermere, Cumbria

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

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