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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

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

New Year New Maker: The Rusland Movement

Windermere

Fri 18 Jan - Sun 9 Jun 2019

Looks at the Rusland Movement’s beautiful furnishings inspired by nature.

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.

Solar Portraits

Rueben Salgado Escudero - Solar Portraits

Hawkshead

Wed 3 Apr - Sun 12 May 2019

Rueben Salgado Escudero - Solar Portraits

Easter Garmin Geocache 2019

Easter Garmin Geocache 2019

Keswick

Mon 8 - Sun 28 Apr 2019

This Easter (April 8th - 28th*) take the opportunity to get to grips with the sport of Geocaching with Garmin at George Fisher. (*Closed Easter Sunday)

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.

Ever-changing Forest

Ever-changing Forest

Ambleside

Thu 11 Apr - Sun 12 May 2019

Watch the Forest as it changes through the seasons, play games, search for creatures, experience the sensory room before enjoying your picnic and goodie bag in the Woodland Cafe.

Educating Rita

Educating Rita

Keswick

Thu 18 - Sat 27 Apr 2019

When married hairdresser Rita enrols on a university course to expand her horizons, little does she realise where the journey will take her.

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon

Kendal

Fri 26 Apr 2019

Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre.

Kieran Hodgson - '75

Kieran Hodgson - '75

Kendal

Fri 26 Apr 2019

Passion. Betrayal. Harold Wilson. Character comedian Kieran Hodgson returns with the epic and surprising tale of how Britain joined Europe in the first place.

Mylittlebrother

Mylittlebrother

Keswick

Fri 26 Apr 2019

mylittlebrother indie rock/pop. Threlkeld Village Hall, CA12 4RX. Friday 26th April 8pm.Tickets £9 (£4.50 under 18) from www.threlkeldvillagehall.org. Box Office enquiries 07733 790308.

guitar

Reuben's Train - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside

Fri 26 Apr 2019

With foot stomping banjo licks, beautifully honest lyrics and tight harmonies.

Gemma Louise Doyle

LIVE MUSIC - GEMMA LOUISE DOYLE

Bowness-on-Windermere

Fri 26 - Sat 27 Apr 2019

We’re so excited to have Gemma back with us this April!!

Map Reading

Beginners' Navigation Course Bowness

Langdale

Sat 27 Apr 2019

A one day map reading course for beginners. Starts in Bowness on Windermere. Very small groups (maximum four participants). Learn how to plan your own routes and follow them along paths and tracks.

Beginners' Rock Climbing Course

Beginners' Rock Climbing Course - Langdale

Langdale

Sat 27 Apr 2019

If you have never tried climbing on real rock before come along on this one day course and we will show you why we love it! No experience is necessary and we provide all of the climbing equipment.

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Introduction to Rock Climbing - Langdale

Langdale

Sat 27 - Sun 28 Apr 2019

This two day rock climbing course is perfect for beginners or indoor climbers who want to try climbing on real rock. The course is based in Langdale (near Ambleside) and covers all of the basics of rock climbing.

University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus

Ambleside Campus Showcase

Ambleside

Sat 27 Apr 2019

A fun packed family activity day to explore the valuable work the university carries out within the local community, nationally and internationally. From Bushcraft to Wildlife cameras, Culture and History and lots more.

Children's Saturday Art Clubs 4 & 5 week courses

Children's Saturday Art Clubs 4 & 5 week courses

Kendal

Sat 27 Apr - Sat 18 May 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

Lake District Map Reading Courses

Lake District Map Reading Course - 2 Days

Langdale

Sat 27 - Sun 28 Apr 2019

Getting started is often the hardest thing which is why we have designed this workshop specifically around your needs. Let us help you get started and teach you the fundamentals needed to safely enjoy the mountains.

Wordsworth On Tour

Reimagining Wordsworth On Tour

Grasmere

Sat 27 Apr 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.

guitar

Steve Oakes Group - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside

Sat 27 Apr 2019

A stalwart of the North West jazz community for many years,

Becki Fishwick

LIVE MUSIC - BECKI FISHWICK

Bowness-on-Windermere

Sat 27 Apr 2019

We’re bringing the TALENTED Becki Fishwick back to YOU this April in our Cafe Lounge Bar!!

Jump

Kendal Castle Spring Sprint Triathlon

Kendal

Sun 28 Apr 2019

A super autumn pool based sprint triathlon. The event is a 400m swim, 20km road bike & 5km run. It's ideal for first timers & we also attract a host of experienced/elite racers. The atmosphere is relaxed & the course is fast.

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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