Places to visit in the Lake District

Visit the Lake District National Park for sights like no other. Take it all in on a traditional steamboat chugging through tranquil lakes, or scale the highest mountains England has to offer and enjoy a jaw-dropping view. From the top of Scafell Pike it’s easy to see how Cumbria’s lakes captivated William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. If tranquillity isn’t enough for you, then why not race through the Lake District on a mountain bike or enjoy the scenery from the middle of one of England’s fastest growing music festivals, Kendal Calling. You may as well sample some of the town’s famous Kendal Mint Cake while you’re there too, after all it got Edmund Hillary to the summit of Everest.

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Drive through the Lake District in a classic car

Explore the Lake District in style. Only the sexiest sports car will do, the top has to be down, and the roads have to be winding.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

December events: Join Santa on the La'al Ratty through Eskdale

Climb aboard the family favourite 'Santa Express' which returns to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway this winter.

Location: Ravenglass, Cumbria

Take an adventurous tour of the Lake District

Ancient history, amazing views, beautiful gardens and the World Owl Trust are yours to explore on this exciting day tour.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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

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

Explore world-famous gardens at Levens Hall

Discover the Elizabethan house and world-famous gardens, a place of discovery, a place to drink in its rich history, a place that all ages enjoy.

Location: Kendal, 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

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

Discover Lowther Castle & Gardens

Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

Enjoy a taste of Grasmere Gingerbread

Stock up on one of the Lake District’s most famous exports: Grasmere Gingerbread.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Enjoy fine dining at The Samling

Top grub and sweeping views of Lake Windermere.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

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

Explore the Lakes in a funky electric 'Twizy'

The head-turning electric Renault ‘Twizys’ are now available for anyone to hire.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

Discover a medieval house at a Cumbrian gateway

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

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

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

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

Create your own goodies at The Chocolate Factory Hawkshead

Take the family on a sweet adventure with a hands-on experience at the Lake District's own Chocolate Factory.

Location: Hawkshead, Cumbria

Take in 'Swallows and Amazons' landscapes on a relaxing cruise

Take a trip around the landscape used in the film ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and discover what inspired Arthur Ransome to write his famous book.

Location: Derwentwater, Cumbria

Coast to Coast Cycling

A challenging route from one side of England to the other.

Location: Whitehaven / Whitby

Take a tour of Beatrix Potter's Lake District

Mountain Goat offer superb minibus tours of the Lake District – discover much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s favourite countryside on a half-day trip.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

Go horseriding in the Lake District

Saddle up for a two-day horseriding trek around the fells of the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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