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Attractions

Cumbria is packed with famous award-winning attractions. Whether you are discovering the life and works of one of the many famous poets that have resided here, or climbing through the trees to cruising across one of the many beautiful lakes. The variety of visitor attractions on offer in the Lake Disrict ensure that all ages and interests are catered for. There is something for individual adventure seekers as well as families and couples. Take a look below to find out more...

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Askham Hall Gardens

Askham Hall

Penrith

Take a stroll through our beautiful gardens with views of the River Lowther, visit our animals and enjoy something delicious in our Kitchen Garden Café.

Tree Top Adventure

Go Ape Grizedale

Hawkshead

The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They're part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.

Best Places Travel

Best Places Travel

Kendal

We painstakingly plan every trip to match each group’s unique requirements.

The Fellsman

The Fellsman

Carlisle

The popular ‘Fellsman’ runs again every Wednesday in summer 2016 for its 8th season offering a return steam hauled journey over the spectacular ‘Settle to Carlisle Railway’

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Brampton

Birdoswald stands high above a meander in the River Irthing, in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. A Roman fort, turret and milecastle can all be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall.

Fell Foot Park

Fell Foot

Newby Bridge

A beautiful, family friendly lakeshore park with stunning mountain views. Extensive, sweeping lawns for games, picnics and gentle walks. Easy lake access.

Old Laundry Theatre

The Old Laundry Theatre

Windermere

The Old Laundry Theatre is situated in Bowness-on-Windermere in the heart of the Lake District with a lively year round programme of drama, classical & folk music, spoken word, comedy and film.

Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank

Penrith

At the heart of the Eden Valley, with spectacular views to the Lake District, Acorn Bank is a tranquil haven with a walled garden and an outstanding medicinal and culinary herb collection. The restored watermill works most weekends.

The Lakes Distillery

Lakes Distillery

Cockermouth

The award-winning Lakes Distillery Company opened in December 2014 in The Lake District National Park with the vision of producing a world class single malt whisky and a global brand that is recognised and respected around the world.

Holehird Garden

Holehird Gardens

Windermere

The Lakeland Horticultural Society exists to promote the art, science and practice of horticulture, with particular reference to conditions in the Lake District.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

Windermere

Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars.

Esthwaite Water

Esthwaite Water

Hawkshead

The Osprey Safari is a self driven electric boat ride around Esthwaite Water, taking you to six different locations.

Carlisle Racecourse

Carlisle Racecourse

Carlisle

Carlisle racecourse, the heart of racing in Cumbria. We are much more than a racecourse and offer excellent facilities for conferences, exhibitions and weddings.

Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre

Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre

Sedbergh

Nestling between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, and in the shadow of the glorious Howgill hills, a rescued Farfield Mill opened its doors in April 2001 to an exciting new life as Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre.

Wray Castle

Wray Castle

Ambleside

Wray Castle is a mock-gothic Castle, on the western shore of Windermere. Empty of original furniture, this is a place for all the family to enjoy.

The origins of the Tale of Peter Rabbit

Allan Bank

Grasmere

Did you know that the tale of Peter Rabbit started out an illustrated letter? Take a seat in the study and have a go at writing and colouring in your own story letter to someone special at home.

Townend

Townend

Windermere

A real Lakeland hidden treasure set in the beautiful village of Troutbeck, this 17thC solid stone and slate house sits imposingly on the hillside, its huge chimneys typical of the area.

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House and Garden

Cockermouth

A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle

Ravenglass

Home of the Penningtons for 800 years. Tour this glorious castle with an informative and free interactive wand.

The 1657 Chocolate House

The 1657 Chocolate House

Kendal

The 1657 Chocolate House is a replica of the one in Bishopgate, London.

Pencil Museum

The Pencil Museum

Keswick

Visit Keswick, the home of the first pencil, and pencil perfection since 1832. Walk through a replica of the Seathwaite Mine, where graphite was first discovered. Trace the history of pencil manufacture over the last 350 years.

Steam Yacht Gondola

Steam Yacht Gondola

Coniston

Float back to Victorian times as you indulge in a luxurious cruise on captivating Coniston water in this exquisite steam-powered craft.

The Rheged Centre

The Rheged Centre

Penrith

Rheged has the largest 3D cinema around, an art gallery with changing art, craft and photography exhibitions, 3 cafes and 9 individual shops.

The Beacon

The Beacon Museum

Whitehaven

Situated on Whitehaven's attractive harbour side, The Beacon is home to the town's museum collection. The museum is now open after a refit and features the Sellafield Story.

Wray Castle

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