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Things to do in the Lake District

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Discover the best attractions and activities that the Lake District has to offer

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

There are an abundance of attractions and activities in the Lake District that everyone will love.

Walk or cycle around the incredible countryside, with routes suitable for all ages and experience. Canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding are available on Coniston Water, or go rock climbing at Kendal’s Lakeland Climbing Centre.

The historic Lowther Castle and the intriguing Coast Aquarium in Maryport offer something to do for the more leisurely visitors.

You will be spoilt for choice with attractions in the Lake District, no matter your age, tastes or interests.

  • Alpacaly Ever After

    Alpacaly Ever After

    The Lingholm Estate
    CA12 5TZ

    017687 78328

    Based on the edges of Derwentwater at the beautiful Lingholm Estate, is Alpacaly Ever After, a unique and delightful experience for any animal lover. Take these friendly characters on a walk around the scenic estate or, if you are visiting the Lakes Distillery on a weekend, why not meet the alpacas and their babies? Make sure to book to avoid disappointment.

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  • Museum

    Beatrix Potter Gallery

    Main St
    Cumbria LA22 0NS

    Explore the fascinating life of Beatrix Potter, discover some of her original writings and illustrations and unearth the inspirations behind her influential stories.

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  • Fishing on the Eden

    Border Game Angling

    Border Game Angling is based on the river Eden in Cumbria UK and offers a professional fly casting tuition and guided fishing service, available on a full-time basis, with fully qualified and insured AAPGAI and FFI Master certified casting instructors.

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  • 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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  • Brewery Arts Centre
    Image Credits: John Salmon(CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Brewery Arts Centre

    122A Highgate
    LA9 4HE

    01539 725133

    Kendal’s central hub of culture and entertainment with a full calendar of comedy, theatre and live music productions.

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  • Catbells


    CA12 5TU

    One of the most popular fells in the Lake District, boasting breathtaking views of Derwent Water and the neighbouring mountains.

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  • CBA Events

    CBA Events

    LA12 8BA

    0333 241 2890

    Activity providers on the beautiful Graythwaite Estate on the shore of Windermere. On-site activities include 4×4 off-road driving in Land Rover Defenders, clay pigeon shooting, archery, stand up paddleboarding, canoeing, RIB rides, wakeboarding, bushcraft and more.

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  • Coniston Boating Centre

    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

    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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  • Crag's Adventure

    Crags Adventures

    A small, family-run outdoor activity company based in the Lake District. Activities are ghyll scrambling/canyoning, abseiling, rock climbing and dry scrambling. Age limit is from 9 years upwards and they cater for families, couples, groups of friends, stag and hens etc.

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