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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

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.

©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Billie Buzzard’s wild garden trail

Grasmere

Thu 2 May - Fri 18 Oct 2019

Billie Buzzard is soaring overhead, floating on the breeze and watching all the comings and goings of the Allan Bank woodland garden. Can you find all the creatures that Billie Buzzard can see? Solve all the clues to win your prize.

©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.

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.

Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud

Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud

Kendal

Fri 12 Jul - Sat 5 Oct 2019

Marking the 200th anniversary of Ruskin’s birth, this exhibition examines themes in his work including the influence of Turner, his fascination with the impact of industrialisation on the environment & his ongoing struggle with depression.

Dear Uncle

Dear Uncle

Keswick

Thu 1 Aug - Sat 2 Nov 2019

Ennerdale in the Lake District, 1935. Sonya and Uncle Marcus live a quiet life with occasional visits from the dashing Dr Ash.

Guards at the Taj

Guards at the Taj

Keswick

Thu 8 Aug - Sat 2 Nov 2019

As dawn breaks on the final day of construction of the Taj Mahal, two hapless Imperial Guards must once again resist the urge to look at the most beautiful monument the world has ever seen – by order of the Emperor.

Treasure from Dust: the geology of John Ruskin

Treasure from Dust: the geology of John Ruskin

Coniston

Thu 8 Aug 2019 - Mon 31 Dec 2029

Ruskin could not resist the wonder he felt at the ability of the earth to form itself into crystalline treasures and spectacular mountain ranges.

Coniston Coppermines Sculpture Trail

Copper (in our) Veins

Coniston

Sat 10 Aug - Sun 6 Oct 2019

An exhibition of paintings and sculpture exploring the unseen landscape of Coniston's Coppermines Valley, by artists Jessica Elleray and Siobhan Miles-Moore.

Happenstance: Invisible In The Current

Happenstance

Coniston

Mon 2 Sep - Mon 11 Nov 2019

Informed and inspired by ideas of chaos and order, control and surrender, Russell Mills will exhibit new mixed media works and an ‘aleatoric’ soundwork, made specifically for Brantwood.

Alpaca's

Guided Alpaca Walks

Keswick

Fri 20 Sep 2019 - Tue 31 Mar 2020

Experience Whinlatter with a difference.

Sketch to Stitch with Kate Reid

From Sketch to Stitch with Kate Reid

Staveley

Mon 23 Sep 2019

A creative approach to stitch inspired by sketches, photos and natural forms in the landscape.

Dove Cottage garden

Introducing…Wordsworth’s Poetry

Grasmere

Tue 24 Sep 2019

Come along to a relaxed pop-up poetry reading to experience some of William Wordsworth’s greatest writing read aloud, in the place where his poems were created.

Evie Plumb

BAHA - LIVE MUSIC - EVIE PLUMB

Bowness-on-Windermere

Tue 24 Sep 2019

Evie Plumb is a charismatic singer-songwriter from the Lake District. Having been performing for over 10 years around Cumbria and the North West, Evie has built up a vast repertoire of songs old and new stemming from pop, rock, indie, blues

Antique & Artisan Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Grasmere

Thu 26 - Sun 29 Sep 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.

Jerwood Centre

Introducing…the Jerwood Centre

Grasmere

Thu 26 Sep 2019

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of our archive and research centre, see some of our incredible artefacts and find out about the day-to-day work that goes on behind the scenes.

one man, two guvnors

One Man, Two Guvnors (NT Live, Encore)

Ambleside

Thu 26 Sep 2019

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Molly Warburton

BAHA - LIVE MUSIC - MOLLY WARBURTON

Bowness-on-Windermere

Thu 26 Sep 2019

Molly has been gigging since she was in her teens, with performances at countless festivals around the UK and Ireland.

Printmaker

Etsy Autumn Market

Keswick

Fri 27 - Sun 29 Sep 2019

Etsy Cumbria team up with the brand new creative venue The Makers Mill in Keswick to present the Autumn Makers Market.

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning 2019

Bowness-on-Windermere

Fri 27 Sep 2019

Today, we are hosting a coffee morning for Macmillan as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event.

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.

Coombs Woods

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