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…

  • 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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  • Steam Yacht Gondola
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    Steam Yacht Gondola

    Coniston Pier
    Lake Rd
    LA21 8AN

    015394 32733

    The Steam Yacht Gondola is a beloved attraction in Coniston. At this National Trust gem, you can enjoy sailing on Coniston Water with all the family and canine companions.

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  • The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway Feature
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    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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  • Theatre by the Lake

    Theatre by the Lake

    Theatre by the Lake
    Lake Road
    CA12 5DJ

    Situated on the edge of Derwent Water is the popular Theatre by the Lake, which hosts many entertaining theatrical performances. Choose from two stages displaying both modern and classic performances, as well as a café/bar for refreshments.

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  • Ullswater Steamers

    Ullswater Steamers

    The Pier House
    CA11 0US

    01768 482229

    Ullswater Steamers has been operating cruises on Ullswater lake. The heritage steamers, some dating back to the 19th century, connect to some of the most famous and iconic walking routes in the Lake District National Park, with views of Wordsworth’s daffodils on the west shore in spring.

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  • Wild Ennerdale

    Wild Ennerdale

    Forestry Commission
    Peil Wyke
    CA13 9YG

    01768 776816

    Ennerdale is one of the most remote Cumbria valleys. Here there is a distinctive sense of tranquillity, ruggedness, self-will and wildness which many visitors enjoy. The wildlife inhabiting Wild Ennerdale includes red squirrels, butterflies, deer, cattle, beavers, birds, fish and pine marten. Ennerdale offers fantastic walking opportunities with over 30 miles of public rights of way, forest roads and tracks.

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  • Kayak boats in the Lakeshore

    Windermere Canoe and Kayak

    LA23 3JH

    01539 444451

    Windermere Canoe Kayak is the northwest’s biggest hire fleet and dedicated paddle sports shop. Here you can purchase your own canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, clothing and accessories. You can also hire kayaks and paddleboards and book taster sessions.

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