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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.

  • Dove Cottage

    Town End
    LA22 9SH

    015394 35544

    The Lakeland cottage was once the home of well-known English poet, William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, and was where he wrote some of his most famous verses.

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  • Fell Foot Park

    Fell Foot Park

    Newby Bridge
    LA12 8NN

    015395 31273

    A lovely 7-acre Victorian garden owned by the National Trust, sitting at the foot of Lake Windermere with fun activities including rowing boats, swimming and a BBQ area.

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  • Grizedale Forest Feature

    Grizedale Forest

    Blind Lane Car Park
    LA12 8LQ

    Discover this unique and intriguing area of woodland in the Lake District, with exciting sculptures and plenty of walking and cycling trails, it is the ideal day out to appreciate a more tranquil environment.

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  • Hawkshead Brewery

    14 Back Ln
    LA8 9LR

    01539 822644

    A modern brewery in the Lake District, producing a distinctive selection of flavorsome beers and open for educational tours and tastings sessions.

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  • Grasmere

    Helm Crag

    LA22 9RS

    Easily noticeable from Grasmere village, is the breathtaking Helm Crag part of the Central Fells in the Lake District and located on a fantastic walking route.

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  • Kendal

    Kendal Castle

    LA9 7DJ

    Once home to Henry VIII’s 6th wife Katherine Parr, this collection of fascinating 12th century ruins boast impressive views over the local town of Kendal.

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  • Kong Adventure

    Kong Adventure

    Kong Adventure is an activity centre based in Keswick, the Lake District. Offering a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities including climbing wall, café, outdoor equipment shop, escape room and much more.

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  • Lake District Wildlife Park

    The 25-acre park houses over 100 different species of animals, including zebras, meerkats, and anacondas, as well as a variety of endangered animals such as gibbons and Asian fishing cats.

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  • Windermere

    Lake Windermere

    LA23 1BP

    As the largest natural lake in England, its not surprising that Lake Windermere is a popular attraction, with visitors from all of the world flocking to its shores to take advantage of the extraordinary views as well as the many outdoor pursuits.

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  • Museum

    Lakeland Motor Museum

    Old Blue Mill

    LA12 8TA

    015395 30400

    A unique museum housing a collection of over 30,000 exhibits, featuring over 140 classic cars, a range of tractors, cycles, engines and more.

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