Indoor Activities in the Lake District

Indoor Activities in the Lake District

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Discover the best indoor activities in the Lake District

Looking for things to do in the Lake District when it rains? Fear not. Use our guide to the best indoor activities in the Lake District to help plan your day.

Everyone can find something to do in our guide, whether they want to visit historical sites, take in the breath-taking lakeside vistas from indoors, or see a show at one of the best theatres in the region.

The Lake District isn’t known for its reliable weather and in spite of its beautiful hills and mountains, the region is one of the wettest in England.

Things to do in the Lake District when it rains include a tour at one of the many museums including the Derwent Pencil Museum, Lakeland Motor Museum, or the local Kendal Museum.

Other indoor activities can be found at Rheged Discovery Centre, The Puzzling Place, and The World of Beatrix Potter.

Continue reading to discover the best indoor activities in the Lake District…

  • Abbot Hall Art Gallery
    Image Credits: Peter Turner - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Abbot Hall Art Gallery

    United Kingdom
    LA9 5AL


    Set in a grade I listed building that was built in 1759 and restored by the Lakeland Arts Trust in 1962, Abbot Hall Art Gallery is home to the nationally significant Lakeland Arts Collection. The gallery boasts an exceptional 18th-20th century fine art collection and runs an exciting temporary exhibition programme every year.

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  • Allan Bank, Grasmere
    Image Credits: Antiquary - CC BY 4.0

    Allan Bank

    Allan Bank
    LA22 9QB


    The National Trust gem of Allan Bank is perched on the outskirts of Grasmere in the Lake District. This isn’t a typical stately home, as its interiors are bare, with the focus centring around the grounds.

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  • woman scaling indoor climbing wall

    Ambleside Wall

    101 Lake Rd
    Lake District
    LA22 0DB


    Reach new heights at Ambleside Climbing Wall. From beginners to experts, from indoor to outdoor climbing in the stunning Lakeland mountains, you’ll receive all the training and encouragement you need to reach your climbing goals.

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  • Eyam 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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  • Brantwood 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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  • child swimming with pool noodle

    Canyon Ride

    Center Parcs
    Whinfell Forest
    United Kingdom
    CA10 2DW


    Rainy days are no problem at Canyon Ride, the subtropical swimming paradise based in Whinfell Forest. Heated to 29.5c all year round and featuring an array of lush, tropical plants and trees, you’ll feel a million miles from grey skies. Take a dip in the wave pool, make a splash in the water play area or kick back in a private cabana.

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  • carlisle castle

    Carlisle Castle

    Castle Way


    Standing tall in the city, Carlisle Castle has withstood many sieges, held captive a royal prisoner, and been home to the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment. Here, you can explore the medieval castle rooms, learn about the turbulent history, and discover Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life.

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  • Cartmel Priory
    Image Credits: Anthony O'Neil(CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Cartmel Priory

    The Vicarage/Priest La
    LA11 6PU

    015395 36261

    The 13th-century Cartmel Priory can be found in the centre of Cartmel village just outside of the Lake District National Park. Over the centuries, The Priory has witnessed war, raids, and ruin but stands firm today and offers a warm welcome to all visitors.

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  • Dalemain Mansion
    Image Credits: Tom ParnellCC BY-SA 2.0

    Dalemain Mansion and Historic Garden

    Dalemain Mansion and Historic Garden
    Estate Office
    CA11 0HB


    Dalemain Mansion sits on the site of a Saxon settlement and features sections dating back to the 14th century. Thoroughly modernised in the 1920s, the house is still home to the Hasell-McCosh family although it remains open to the public in peak season.

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