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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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Explore

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

Refuge: The Art of Belonging

Refuge: The Art of Belonging

Kendal

Fri 15 Feb - Sat 29 Jun 2019

Drawing on Abbot Hall’s own collection and supported by loans, this exhibition tells the story of artists who entered Britain as a result of Nazi occupation alongside a community project exploring the lives of refugees living in Cumbria.

The Strickland family seal

Cecilia's Story: A Life in Letters

Kendal

Sat 16 Mar - Sun 27 Oct 2019

Uncover the story of Sizergh’s 18th century lady of the house, Cecilia Strickland, as her experiences of love, loss and hope are brought to life inspired by her surviving letters.

Anne, Countess of Pembroke

Anne, Countess of Pembroke

Kendal

Fri 22 Mar - Sat 22 Jun 2019

In March 2019, Abbot Hall takes part in the National Portrait Gallery’s Coming Home project which is loaning portraits of iconic individuals to places across the country that they are most closely associated with.

Exhibition: Incandescence: Turner's Venice

Exhibition: Incandescence: Turner's Venice

Coniston

Thu 11 Apr - Sun 4 Aug 2019

This exhibition marks the first ever public exhibition at Brantwood devoted to Turner.

Tea, Mingei & Fors

Tea, Mingei & Fors

Coniston

Wed 15 May - Mon 5 Aug 2019

Exhibition: Tea, Mingei & Fors: celebrating the legacy of John Ruskin in Japan

©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Samuel Whiskers’ children’s trail

Sawrey

Wed 22 May - Sun 3 Nov 2019

Search for Samuel Whiskers and his ratty friends around Hill Top house and seek out hedgehogs in the garden as you follow the trail.

My Mother Said I Never Should

My Mother Said I Never Should

Keswick

Thu 23 May - Wed 30 Oct 2019

A warm, witty and yet bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom.

Working on a wolf for Monza.

Sally Matthews

Hawkshead

Thu 23 May - Sun 29 Sep 2019

I make and draw animals as I see them – no myth, no fairytale – animals that share the earth.

The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

Keswick

Fri 24 May - Wed 30 Oct 2019

The plan is simple: pull off the heist of the century while posing as a group of classical musicians.

©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Plants, poisons and potions trail

Kendal

Sat 25 May - Sun 1 Sep 2019

Beware, the past is full of surprises... Follow this family trail to find out which medicines of the past were really rather dangerous. Cecilia Strickland took hemlock for her ailments, but little did she know it was actually poisoning her!

Lake Windermere

One-to-One Photography Tuition

Windermere

Mon 3 - Fri 28 Jun 2019

A bespoke one to one photography day with a professional photographer and instructor. You choose the subject and location and your tutor will advise on techniques, equipment choice, and camera settings.

The Children

The Children

Keswick

Thu 6 Jun - Fri 1 Nov 2019

Former nuclear scientists Hazel and Robin are enjoying the quiet life, feeding the cows and practising yoga, while the world around them is descending into chaos.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Keswick

Thu 6 Jun - Fri 1 Nov 2019

Little Voice has a hidden talent. Alone in her room with only her dead father’s record collection for company, she sings along with the greatest divas of the 20th century with a voice that’s pure gold.

Children's Saturday Art Clubs 4 & 5 week courses

Children's Saturday Art Clubs 4 & 5 week courses

Kendal

Sat 8 Jun - Sat 6 Jul 2019

This creative artist-led club will take children aged 7-12 years on a colourful journey into the gallery. Each course, running from 4 to 5 weeks every Saturday, will begin by taking inspiration from our exhibitions to develop their own art

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Ullswater

Thu 13 - Sun 16 Jun 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, ceramics, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Pooley Bridge.

CumbriaVAG

CumbriaVAG Show & Shine Festival

Kendal

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Jun 2019

CumbriaVAG Show & Shine Festival is back this year for it's 10th anniversary. Join us with your friends for a weekend of cars, music and good times!

Shaff 2019

The Best Of ShAFF 2019

Ambleside

Sun 16 Jun 2019

Following submissions from hundreds of filmmakers.

Wordsworth On Tour

Reimagining Wordsworth On Tour

Grasmere

Tue 18 Jun 2019

This year we are taking Wordsworth on the road! Our free pop-up sessions will introduce William Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy, and their life at Dove Cottage in Grasmere.

Pirates

ENO: The Pirates Of Penzance

Ambleside

Tue 18 Jun 2019

‘Precise and pricelessly funny production’ ***** The Stage ‘A jolly good show’ ***** The Telegraph ‘A delightful surprise’ **** The Times

Shakespeare Globe -Clive Sherlock

The Merry Wives of Windsor: Live

Ambleside

Thu 20 Jun 2019

Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound in The Merry Wives of Windsor as Sir John Falstaff sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford.

Luke Wright - Poet Laureate

Luke Wright - Poet Laureate

Kendal

Thu 20 Jun 2019

With a new Poet Laureate due in 2019 Wrighty’s chucking his hat in the ring.

Light the Lakes 2019

Light the Lakes 2019

Ambleside

Fri 21 - Sun 23 Jun 2019

A charity event that brings people from across the UK together to climb the Wainwright Peaks and at a set time in the morning of 22nd June 2019 light a blue flare or torch to remember Police officer that have died in the line of duty.

Antique & Artisan Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Grasmere

Fri 21 - Sun 23 Jun 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, vintage linens, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Grasmere village.

Womens Adventure Retreat

Womens only Outdoor Activity Retreat

Coniston

Fri 21 - Sun 23 Jun 2019

Take some time out in the mountains and have an adventure with like minded women. A weekend filled with fun outdoor activities in a stunning relaxed setting. Have a go at Canoeing, Ghyll scrambling and Abseiling. All inclusive.

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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