Things to do in Coniston

Things to do in Coniston

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Discover the best attractions and things to do in Coniston

From a two-and-a-half-thousand feet tall mountain to thrilling watersports, there are a wealth of great things to do in Coniston.

This beautiful Lake District village is appealing to lovers of the outdoors and avid historians. Whether you prefer relaxing strolls around the lakeside or a challenging hike up the iconic mountain, there are plenty of things to do in Coniston.

Attractions in Coniston

Coniston walks are rich in numbers, with various routes ranging in difficulty and boasting an array of idyllic surroundings. Feel accomplished as you reach the top of The Old Man of Coniston, showcasing unrivalled scenery and rural views. Visit Lowther Castle & Gardens where you will uncover palatial castle ruins and immaculate gardens, a memorable Coniston day out.

Activities in Coniston

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 displays spectacular views.

Things to do near Coniston

If you want to spend a day out, discover a plethora of things to do near Coniston. Picture yourself as a Lakeland poet in the romantic village of Grasmere, travel to the quaint market town of Ulverston, or explore Ambleside. Experience history at historic sites across Kendal, walk up steep peaks in Keswick or take a boat trip around Bowness-on-Windermere.

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

  • Steam Yacht Gondola
    Image Credits: Martinvl - CC BY-SA 4.0

    Steam Yacht Gondola

    Coniston Pier
    Lake Rd
    LA21 8AN

    015394 32733

    The Steam Yacht Gondola is a beloved attraction in Coniston. At this National Trust gem, you can enjoy sailing on Coniston Water with all the family and canine companions.

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  • Tarn Hows

    Tarn Hows Walk

    1h 10m

    1.9 miles


    Tarn Hows is a magnificent lake tucked deep in the Cumbrian countryside and a National Trust-protected jewel. It is one of the most frequented and scenic sites to enjoy in the Lake District.

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  • The Ruskin Museum
    Image Credits: Paul Hermans - CC BY-SA 3.0

    The Ruskin Museum

    Lake District National Park
    LA21 8DU

    015394 41164

    The Ruskin Museum has been an important part of Coniston’s community since 1901. Come here to learn about the village’s history, including its iconic inhabitants, John Ruskin and Donald Campbell CBE.

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