Things to do in the Lake District for Families

Things to do in the Lake District for Families

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Discover the best things to do in the Lake District for Families

From agricultural activities to paddling on the sea in a kayak, there’s lots of superb things to do in the Lake District for families.

A visit to the Beatrix Potter World? What about some quad riding, Go-Karting, or a ride on segways for the family? Go Ape in Grizedale Forest and Whinlatter will raise your adrenaline level, and you can also test your mettle on the Infinity Bridge at Honister Slate Mine.

There are many indoor Lake District activities for families too for when the weather isn’t on your side! Such activities include the National Trust property of Allan Bank and exploring the interesting Derwent Pencil Museum!

Other things to do in the Lake District for families include visiting Fell Foot Park, exploring Grizedale Forest and discovering Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse, Hill Top Farm!

Discover a wealth of activities in the lake district for families…

  • Hill Top Farm
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    Hill Top Farm

    Near Sawrey
    LA22 0LF

    The National Trust’s Hill Top was once Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse. The renowned author bought Hill Top Farm with money made from her books. Nowadays, visitors can come and see the maintained gardens and historic interiors firsthand.

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    Holehird Gardens

    Patterdale Road
    LA23 1NP


    Nestled in a stunning setting overlooking Windermere, Holehird Gardens rewards visitors with a host of fascinating plant and tree life at any time of year. The gardens are open from dawn until dusk daily and boast a varied landscape housing a whole host of plants and other features.

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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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  • Holker Hall and Gardens
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    Holker Hall and Gardens

    Holker Hall and Gardens
    Lake Disctrict
    LA11 7PL


    Holker Hall & Gardens is a busy and diverse estate covering 17,000 acres. Home to the Cavendish family, who are committed to the conservation of the estate, many of the buildings and structures are listed or designated Scheduled Ancient Monuments. The estate also includes Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves, housing an abundance of wildlife.

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  • slate mine in the lake district

    Honister Slate Mine

    Honister Pass
    CA12 5XN

    01768 777230

    England’s last active slate mine is located at the summit of Honister Pass, one of the steepest roads in the country, and draws slate from Fleetwith Pike.

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    Hope Park Keswick

    Hope Park Keswick
    30A Lake Road
    Lake District
    CA12 5DG


    Hope Park is just a short stroll from Keswick town centre and is brimming with traditional games, activities, and picnic areas, making it the ideal spot for families. Here you can tuck into delicious local ice cream before challenging friends or family to a game of crazy golf or taking a woodland walk.

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    Hutton in the Forest

    United Kingdom
    CA11 9TJ

    Visit the historic home of Lord and Lady Inglewood, Hutton in the Forest. This beautiful country house lies on the north-eastern edge of the Lake District. Surrounded by woodland and extensive gardens that have matured over three centuries. Both the house and grounds are open to the public.

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  • Family hiking through a forest

    Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail

    Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail
    LA2 8DS


    The Ingleborough Estate Nature Trails winds its way past a lake and along a steep river valley through beautiful woodland to Ingleborough Cave. The trail is the gateway to some of the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s most stunning limestone scenery including Trow Gill, Gaping Gill pothole, the limestone pavements, Norber Erratics and, finally, the summit of Ingleborough Fell.

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    Joint Adventures

    Business Park
    Unit 2 Lake Rd
    LA21 8EW


    Situated close to the lake and fells of Coniston, Joint Adventure are passionate about providing high quality outdoor activities and outdoor skills courses in the Lake District. From gorge walking and raft building to bushcraft and abseiling, there are a whole host of exciting activities on offer here.

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  • Ruins of Kendal Castle

    Kendal Castle

    Kendal Castle
    LA9 1DJ

    Visit the ruins of the 13th-century castle and imagine life here centuries ago. From Kendal Castle, you can enjoy magnificent views of the town and the hills beyond, making it more than worth the trip.

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