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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...


 

Steam to the Hills on-board England’s longest narrow gauge heritage Steam Railway and home to the World’s oldest narrow gauge steam engine, River Irt built in 1894. This is a journey to delight all ages with seven miles of ever changing countryside and coastal scenery from the Western Lake District Coastal village of Ravenglass to England’s highest mountains at the terminus station.

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Ullswater Steamers operate lake cruises in UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Lake District National Park. Easily accessible from all major transport routes, just ten minutes from the M.6 in the North and 40 minutes from the South (Windermere). Ullswater is often compared to the likes of Lake Lucerne, its beauty the inspiration for famous poets and artists over the centuries such as Wordsworth and Turner.

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The perfect way to travel around the Lake District is on the water. Take a cruise on England’s largest lake with Windermere Lake Cruises, at the heart of the English Lake District World Heritage Site. Take a stroll on the deck of a historic vessel and enjoy as the glorious Lakeland mountains meander gently by. Alight at Lakeside for a ride on a steam locomotive on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

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Whether you are a petrol-head or not this is the perfect attraction for you and all the family. This brilliant museum houses over 30,000 exhibits tracing more than 100 years of road transport heritage. Recently a new exhibition has been launched which details the history of the Isle of Man TT Races, one of the most famous motorbike events.

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Situated in a stunning location on the edge of the lake, Windermere Jetty has proved enormously popular since opening in spring 2019.
Designed by architects Carmody Groarke, it is one of the first contemporary buildings to be constructed on the shores of Lake Windermere in over 50 years.

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Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem.
Seventy years on from its demolition, Lowther Castle is now one of the most intriguing visitor attractions in the country. Dramatic ruins, gardens within gardens, an adventure playground to rival the best in the land. For visitors young and old (and four-legged), Lowther Castle offers plenty to enjoy.

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The National Trust operate several historic properties around Cumbria including the stunning Sizergh Castle estate near Kendal which contains some of the finest Elizabethan carved overmantels in the country, 14th century solar tower with original fireplaces, floors and windows. The 15th century great hall and other later additions contain English and French furniture, silver, china and Jacobite relics.

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If you are anywhere near the gorgeous village of Grasmere, a visit to Grasmere Gingerbread® is essential. This fascinating little shop has an incredible history. It was built in 1630 as the village school and is where Romantic poet Wordsworth occasionally taught. In 1854 it became the home of Sarah Nelson's world-famous original celebrated Grasmere Gingerbread®.

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The author Beatrix Potter™ is synonymous with the English Lake District. She made the area her home and was a lover of the natural landscape. She embraced farming and became an expert in Herdwick sheep, the Lakeland breed. The stunning scenery inspired her delightful tales, still popular with children all around the world.

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This pink granite & sandstone castle dating from medieval times guards the strategic river crossings where the Lake District mountains tumble into the sea. The oldest part of the castle is thought to stand on Roman foundations and Muncaster is recognised as being in two World Heritage sites; the Lake District National Park and as the start of the Hadrianic Roman Frontier.

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Treetop Trek is an award-winning high ropes adventure company with 2 fantastic outdoor experiences, Treetop Trek and Treetop Nets. If you’re looking for an unforgettable day out with friends or family, there is an outdoor adventure for everyone.

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Guided Mine Tours of England’s oldest working slate mine wind their way through the 900 year old mine deep in the heart of the former volcano, Fleetwith Pike.

The huge maze of underground tunnels is an archaeological time capsule and as part of the mine tours, visitors can experience everything from narrow passages and incredible cathedral-like caverns as they delve deep into a subterranean world.

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In September 1919 the Forestry Commission was founded to restore the nation’s woods and forests following the First World War, and the passing of the Forestry Act.

They are now England’s largest land manager looking after over 1,500 forests. They own and protect acres of land and trees in Cumbria.

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Explore the traditional Lakeland cottage and home of the famous poet William Wordsworth and discover what life was like at the turn of the 19th Century. Take an entertaining tour of the cottage, hear about day-to-day life for Wordsworth and his family, and about the extraordinary words written at the cottage.

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Step back into a bygone age and soak up the sights and sounds of the glorious age of steam. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is the original 'Park and Ride' scheme. Since 1869 this unique train/boat connection has provided the most spectacular of gateways to the Lake District.

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