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…

  • Sizergh Castle
    Image credits: David Dixon - (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    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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  • The Lakes Distillery

    The 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 Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway Feature
    Image Credits: bayphotographic - CC BY 2.0

    The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

    Haverthwaite Station
    Nr Ulverston
    Lake District
    LA12 8AL

    015395 31594

    Hop aboard the historic Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway in the picturesque Leven Valley at the southern end of Windermere. Developed in the 19th century during the height of the Industrial Revolution, this railway once played an important part in local industry. Today, it takes passengers on a ride through the stunning local landscape.

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  • puzzling place optical illusion

    The Puzzling Place

    Museum Square
    CA12 5DZ

    017687 75102

    Keswick’s optical illusion exhibition showcases antigravity, interactive optical illusion exhibits, artwork, sculptures, and a hologram gallery.

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  • The Ruskin Museum
    Image Credits: Paul Hermans - CC BY-SA 3.0

    The Ruskin Museum

    Lake District National Park
    LA21 8DU

    015394 41164

    The Ruskin Museum has been an important part of Coniston’s community since 1901. Come here to learn about the village’s history, including its iconic inhabitants, John Ruskin and Donald Campbell CBE.

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  • World of Beatrix Potter

    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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  • wray castle

    Wray Castle

    Low Wray
    LA22 0JA

    Wray Castle is situated on the shores of Lake Windermere, offering a superb day out for all. The National Trust-owned neo-gothic castle holds a striking stature with beautiful rooms and grounds to explore.

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