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…

  • Keswick Pencil Museum Art

    Derwent Pencil Museum

    Southey Works
    CA12 5NG

    017687 73626

    A museum commemorating the Derwent Pencil’s heritage is located near the site of the first pencil manufacturer in Keswick.

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  • 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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  • woman scaling indoor climbing wall

    Eden Rock

    Eden Rock
    9 Brunel Way
    Lake District
    CA1 3NQ


    Eden Rock is one of the biggest and best bouldering walls in the UK. You’ll find a huge range of climbing facilities here for all ages and abilities. Eden Rock also boasts a dedicated kids’ room with courses and coaching available whatever level they’re at.

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  • people clinking beers in glasses

    Ennerdale Brewery

    Ennerdale Brewery
    Chapel Row
    Ennerdale Bridge
    CA26 3XS


    This family-run brewery based in Cumbria produces a range of fine cask and bottled ales, brewed using traditional methods. Ennerdale Brewery real ale is brewed with whole-leaf hops, freshly milled barley, live yeast, and spring water from Croasdale Fell, making it a true local treat.

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  • Hawkshead Brewery

    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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  • Holker Hall
    Image Credits: Andrew Abbot - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Holker Hall

    LA11 7PL

    015395 58328

    Holker Hall is a beautiful, historic estate that spreads over 200 acres. It rests on the southern outskirts of the Lake District National Park and offers visitors access to the hall, gardens, cafe and gift shop.

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  • Kendal Museum Feature

    Kendal Museum

    Station Rd
    LA9 6BT

    01539 815597

    Kendal Museum is a fantastic day out for all the family, with exhibits, a shop, play area and café available. Treat the little ones to a day out here and enjoy an insight into the area’s natural history and archaeology.

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  • woman scaling indoor climbing wall

    KendalWall, Lakeland Climbing Centre

    KendalWall, Lakeland Climbing Centre
    Unit 27
    Lake District Business Park
    Mint Bridge Road
    LA9 6NH


    Open year-round Kendal Wall is the perfect all-weather activity in the Lake District. The climbing centre features a whopping 25m main wall, auto-belays, bouldering, routing roof, training room, dry toolbox, and a kid’s climbing wall.

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  • alhambra keswick cinema

    Keswick Alhambra Cinema

    36 St John's Street
    CA12 5AG

    017687 72195

    A vintage picture house in Keswick with a programme that features top movies, opera, and live performances.

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  • Keswick Brewing Company

    Keswick Brewing Company

    Brewery Lane
    CA12 5BY

    017687 80700

    Keswick Brewing Company is an exciting microbrewery located on the edge of the town centre; tours are available to visitors, making it an ideal place to visit on a rainy day.

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