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Things to do in Coniston

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Discover the best attractions and activities that Coniston has to offer

Being one of the top tourist destinations in the UK, Coniston has an array of attractions to visit and things to do throughout the year

Things to do in Coniston are aplenty, appealing to lovers of the outdoors and avid historians.

Coniston walks are also rich in numbers, with various routes ranging in difficulty and boasting an array of idyllic surroundings. The Old Man of Coniston showcases simply unrivalled scenery, making the hike more than worth it.

Coniston Water is a bustling hub of outdoor activity, offering canoeing, kayaking and paddle-boarding for you thrill-seekers to enjoy. Tarn Hows is a popular beauty spot, and one of the most visited in the Lake District. It offers a part-artificial tarn surrounded by woodlands and displaying spectacular views.

Visit Lowther Castle & Gardens where you will uncover palatial castle ruins and immaculate gardens, a memorable Coniston day out.

Never be short of things to do in Coniston with our useful travel guide.

  • Museum


    The Brantwood Trust
    LA21 8AD

    015394 41396

    A beautiful historical house and museum exhibiting fine pieces of art, furniture and personal belongings of its former owner, John Ruskin, overlooking stunning views of Coniston Water.

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  • Coniston Boating Centre

    Lake Road
    LA21 8EW

    015394 41366

    A fun and exciting way to explore the beautiful Coniston lake; hire a canoe, rowing boat or paddleboard and escape for the day on the water, or stay on land and whiz around soaking up the scenery on an electric mountain bike.

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  • Coniston Water

    Monk Coniston Car Park
    LA21 8AH

    A beautiful lake towered over by the Old Man Mountain of Coniston and surrounded by pretty scenic views, Coniston Water is the third largest lake in the Lake District National Park and a tranquil destination for visitors.

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  • Old Man of Coniston

    Walna Scar Car Park
    LA21 8HD

    Standing two-and-a-half-thousand feet tall above the village of Coniston, The Old Man Mountain has fantastic panoramic scenes of the surrounding countryside and is a popular walking route with views out to Coniston Water and beyond.

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  • Tarn Hows

    LA23 1EN


    As one of the most visited and picturesque places to experience in the Lake District, Tarn Hows is a beautiful lake nestled deep in Cumbrian countryside and a National Trust protected gem.

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