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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.

  • Levens Hall

    Levens Hall
    LA8 0PD

    015395 60321

    A grand Elizabethan manor house located just a short distance outside of Kendal with a beautifully sculpted garden and impressive collection of Jacobean possessions.

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  • Walking Guide

    Loughrigg Fell

    Rydal Water Car Park
    LA22 9SE

    A beautiful hill, sitting in the heart of the Lake District National Park, with stunning views across the Northern countryside, making it the perfect walking destination.

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  • Rydal Water

    LA22 9SD

    One of the Lake District’s smallest lakes that contains steps leading to ‘Wordsworth’s Seat’, a beautiful viewpoint and favourite, romantic spot for the famous poet.

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  • Sizergh Castle

    Ashbank Ln
    LA8 8AE

    015395 60951

    Located just south of Kendal is the truly exquisite Sizergh Castle and its beautiful grounds where visitors are welcome to come and explore the historical building and enclosed woodlands.

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  • Suzanna Swims

    Suzanna Swims – Open Water and Wild Swimming

    Enjoy the beauty of the Lakes from a new perspective! Suzanna guides swimmers of all abilities around some of the best wild swimming and open water spots in the area, providing a thrilling alternative to the usual Lakeland activities.

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  • Lakes Distillery

    The Lakes Distillery

    CA13 9SJ

    Located near Bassenthwaite, the Lakes Distillery not only creates spirits but also offers a visitor centre, shop, bar and bistro, in which visitors can sample the spirits and other local produce. Take a tour of the distillery and see how they create the Lakes Malt, Lakes Gin and Lakes Vodka.

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  • The World of Beatrix Potter

    The World of Beatrix Potter
    The Old Laundry
    LA23 3BX

    015394 88444

    Jemima Puddle-Duck, Peter Rabbit and Miss Tiggy-Winkle are three of Beatrix Potter’s characters whose stories have been recreated in this magical Lakeland attraction.

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  • Theatre by the Lake

    Lake Rd
    CA12 5DJ

    Situated on the edge of Derwent Water is the popular Theatre by the Lake, which hosts many entertaining theatrical performances from comedy, opera and drama to more educational lectures, drawing in speakers from across the whole country.

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  • Lake Cruise

    Windermere Lake Cruises

    LA23 3HQ

    Whether you are looking for a scenic break from walking or a leisurely cruise with live music and delicious buffet, you are sure to find the perfect option with Windermere Lake Cruises.

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  • Wray Castle

    Low Wray
    LA22 0JA

    Situated on the shores of Lake Windermere, this National Trust-owned neo-gothic castle holds a striking stature with beautiful rooms and grounds to explore.

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