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The Lake District

On the 10th July 2017, the Lake District received World Heritage Site status, positioning us alongside destinations such as the Taj Mahal, the Tower of London and the Great Barrier Reef. We welcome you to join us to celebrate this achievement and visit the UK’s largest World Heritage site.

The Lake District, Cumbria, is a region of incredible beauty famous for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and cultural heritage. The area is made up of ancient woodlands and forest, river valleys, lakes, mountains and simply stunning coastlines.

The North lakes is much wilder than the South, with the Skiddaw mountain range dominating the town of Keswick. The lush Borrowdale valley leads to the dramatic Honister mountain pass and into the natural lakes of Buttermere & Crummock. The South & Central Lake District has the charming villages of Grasmere & Hawkshead along with England's largest lake, Windermere.

Adventure seekers can head West to the higher ground of Great Langdale where the giant fells of Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and the highest peak, Scafell Pike, reside.

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Use the interactive map and click on the different towns shown below to expore and find out more about that area.

Lake District
Ambleside
Ambleside

Ambleside

Ambleside is ideally located in the centre of the Lake District. The town is situated at the North end of Windermere Lake and at the foot of the popular scenic route over Kirkstone Pass.
Bassenthwaite
Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite Lake, a finger of water lying tranquilly under the lofty bulk of Skiddaw, is indelibly linked with the spectacular sight of ospreys swooping over the lake and diving for fish in its waters.
Caldbeck
Caldbeck

Caldbeck

Caldbeck is one of the most beautiful and peaceful of all the Lakeland villages and is ideally situated for exploring the Lake District, the Scottish Borders, the Eden Valley and the North Pennines.
Coniston
Coniston

Coniston

Located on the banks of Coniston Water, in the shadow of the Coniston fells, the town was originally built to support the local slate quarrying and copper mining.
Grasmere and Rydal
Grasmere & Rydal

Grasmere & Rydal

Grasmere, cradled in a vale in the heart of the Lake District, is crowned with magnificent fells and mountains all around.
Hawkshead
Hawkshead

Hawkshead

Hawkshead has flourished from its beginnings as a Medieval market town. Today Hawkshead, with its car-free village centre, is the perfect place for the visitor to experience the 'real' Lake District.
Kendal Staveley and Lyth Valley
Kendal

Kendal, Staveley & Lyth Valley

The ‘Auld Grey Town' of Kendal, handsomely built in limestone, is the focal hub for shopping and culture in Lakeland.
Keswick and Borrowdale
Keswick and Borrowdale

Keswick & Borrowdale

It's central location makes Keswick the perfect place to stay when planning to explore the Lake District.
Langdale
Langdale

Langdale

The Langdale Valley is home to possibly one of the most well-known and well-walked mountain ranges in England.
Ullswater Valley
Ullswater Valley

Ullswater Valley

The glittering lake of Ullswater, extending from Pooley Bridge to Patterdale, is at the heart of this area.
Windermere and Newby Bridge
Windermere

Windermere & Newby Bridge

Windermere is the perfect Lakeland destination all year round. With the shores of the lake so close, you are never short of fantastic scenery or leisure activities.

Ambleside

The town of Ambleside is situated at the Northern end of England's largest lake, Windermere. It is a popular market town with a great central location in the national park.

HAWKSHEAD

The pretty little village of Hawkshead has close ties with famous author, Beatrix Potter and her infamous Peter Rabbit stories. Her old residence, Hill Top, is located 5 minutes away at Sawrey and is a popular tourist attraction.

What's On

Alpaca's

Guided Alpaca Walks

Keswick

Fri 20 Sep 2019 - Tue 31 Mar 2020

Experience Whinlatter with a difference.

LGBT+

LGBT+ Within and Beyond

Kendal

Fri 1 Nov 2019 - Sat 1 Feb 2020

Lakeland Arts is embarking on a project to uncover the history of Cumbria’s LGBT community.

Cats

CATS

Ambleside

Mon 23 Dec 2019 - Sun 2 Feb 2020

One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, “Cats” received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 - where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances.

Big Blue Berg

Earth Photo Exhibition

Hawkshead

Mon 30 Dec 2019 - Tue 28 Apr 2020

A brand new exhibition exploring some of the key challenges facing our world and its inhabitants. The Earth Photo 2019 competition and exhibition, offers a series of stunning and thought-provoking images of the planet.

Bread making

Cookery lessons - January

Kendal

Wed 1 - Thu 30 Jan 2020

Here at The Lyth Valley Restaurant with Rooms, we can offer multiple cookery lessons with our chefs.

Fell Foot on Windermere

Social Winter Walk

Newby Bridge

Mon 13 Jan - Mon 24 Feb 2020

Enjoy a winter stroll with stunning views of lake Windermere.

Wood-fired pizza

Wood-fired pizza brunch

Newby Bridge

Sun 19 Jan - Sun 5 Apr 2020

Join us on the lakeshore for stunning views of lake Windermere and fresh wood-fired pizza.

knives out

Knives Out

Keswick

Mon 20 - Thu 23 Jan 2020

Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in KNIVES OUT, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect.

little women

Little Women

Keswick

Mon 20 - Tue 21 Jan 2020

Based on the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author's alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life.

jojo

Jo Jo Rabbit

Keswick

Tue 21 - Thu 23 Jan 2020

Writer director Taika Waititi, brings his signature style of humour and pathos to his latest film, JOJO RABBIT, a World War II satire

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN:Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN:Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait

Ambleside

Wed 22 Jan 2020

For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits.

42nd Street - The Musical

42nd Street - The Musical

Kendal

Wed 22 Jan 2020

Legendary Broadway musical theatre telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

ordinary love

Ordinary Love

Keswick

Thu 23 Jan 2020

An extraordinary look at ordinary love.

Fiona - Music in the Lakes

Fiona - Music in the Lakes

Bowness-on-Windermere

Thu 23 Jan 2020

Popular Music, Rock, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Traditional, anything goes ....Fiona loves and plays all sorts of music

1917

1917

Keswick

Fri 24 Jan - Thu 6 Feb 2020

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission.

Bendrigg Trust Climbing Festival

Climbing Festival

Kendal

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Jan 2020

Climbing Festival at Bendrigg Trust Specialist Residential Centre in Old Hutton, Kendal. Suitable for anyone aged 13+ with a learning disability or Autism who wants to progress their climbing and make new friends!

little women

Little Women

Keswick

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Jan 2020

Based on the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author's alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead

Fri 24 Jan 2020

Robert Ince will be your guide taking you on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way, while also showing you how to find all sorts of heavenly objects for yourself.

The Springsteen Sessions

The Springsteen Sessions

Kendal

Fri 24 Jan 2020

It’s now nearly ten years since the germ of an idea was born, and The Springsteen Sessions began what was to become a mighty adventure.

Ade White at Baha

Live Music - Ade White

Bowness-on-Windermere

Fri 24 Jan 2020

Ade White is a solo singer performing songs from various era's of music. Swing, Motown and 80's Rock through to more modern music from current acts such as Take That and George Ezra.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Robert Ince will be your guide taking you on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way, while also showing you how to find all sorts of heavenly objects for yourself.

Feed the birds

Big Garden Birdwatch with RSPB

Keswick

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Make your own bird feeder and learn how to help save nature.

Bird Feeder

Big Garden Birdwatch with RSPB

Hawkshead

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Make your own bird feeder and learn how you can help save nature.

Robyn Hitchock

Robyn Hitchcock

Kendal

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers.

BOOK TICKETS

Book tickets online to a great selection of Lake District attractions, adventure activities and family fun days out. Book easily and securely with Golakes, your trusted local tourist board.

Click the image below to view the range of attractions available.

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