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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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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.

Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop

Low Sizergh Barn

Kendal

We’ve had a great year with Top Farm Shop accolades from the Times and Telegraph. Step through our farm shop doors and explore shelves full of local specialities and seasonal foods direct from farmers, growers, makers and producers.

Hill Top

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House

Sawrey

Hill Top is a time capsule of Beatrix Potter's life. Full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'Tale'.

Museum of Lakeland Life

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

Kendal

This award-winning museum takes you and your family back in time to tell the story of the Lake District and its inhabitants. Isolated until the arrival of the train and motorcar, which brought newcomers and tourists.

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle

Impressive and formidable, Carlisle Castle amply repays exploration of its absorbing 900-year history. Long commanding the especially turbulent western end of the Anglo-Scottish border, Carlisle has witness many conflicts and sieges.

Best Places Travel

Best Places Travel

Kendal

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

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Carlisle

National winners of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is an excellent choice for a great day out for all of the family.

Sizergh House and Garden

Sizergh

Kendal

With more than 750 years of history and centuries-old portraits sitting alongside modern family photographs, this medieval house certainly feels lived in; indeed it is still home to the Strickland family.

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.

Hutton-in-the-Forest Historic House

Hutton in the Forest

Penrith

Historic house based on a medieval pele tower with substantial 17th, 18th and 19thC additions. The house contains fine collections of furniture, ceramics, tapestry and portraits and is still a private residence.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Waterhead

Windermere Lake Cruises, Waterhead

Ambleside

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.

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.

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.

Lakeland Motor Museum

Lakeland Motor Museum

Ulverston

Over 30,000 exhibits tracing more than 100 years of road transport heritage, including a new exhibition which details the history of the Isle of Man TT Races.

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.

Lakeland Miniature Village

Lakeland Miniature Village

Grange-over-Sands

A fascinating insight into the buildings of Lakeland's yesteryear. Depict Cumbrian houses and farms, all hand-crafted by Edward Robinson. Also Oriental garden and building which is our gift shop.

Lakeland Segway

Lakeland Segway

Cartmel

We are the longest established authorised segway tour operator in the UK. We offer scenic segway tours in the stunning Cartmel area.

The 1657 Chocolate House

The 1657 Chocolate House

Kendal

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

Heron Corn Mill

Heron Corn Mill

Milnthorpe

Heron Corn Mill on the banks of the river Bela in Beetham; South Cumbria, is one of the few working mills in the area, and has been a base for local industry powered by renewable energy for over 900 years.

The Cocoa Bean Company & Chocolate World

The Cocoa Bean Company & Chocolate World

Hawkshead

A unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass

Welcome to Lakeland's oldest, longest and most scenic railway!

Guided mountain walks

Icicle Mountaineering

Windermere

Walk classic Lakeland mountain routes, guided by an expert leader, who will navigate and tell you about the area.

Wray Castle

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