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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.

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.

©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.

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!

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.

Where is Peter Rabbit?

Where is Peter Rabbit?

Bowness-on-Windermere

Sat 22 Jun - Sun 1 Sep 2019

Hop onto your seats and immerse yourself in the magical world of Beatrix Potter. Watch with delight as your favourite stories and most beloved characters are brought to life in this theatrical spectacular.

VIP Afternoon Tea with Peter Rabbit

VIP Afternoon Tea Party with Peter Rabbit

Bowness-on-Windermere

Sat 22 Jun - Sun 1 Sep 2019

This package is loved by Peter Rabbit fans and includes tickets for the 1.30pm show, entrance into the Attraction directly after through the theatre, and then afternoon tea served at 3.30pm in the nearby Laundrama building.

Jay Price's work is included in Auto - Destruct.

Auto - Destruct exhibition

Kendal

Sat 29 Jun - Sat 31 Aug 2019

Auto-Destruct, a group exhibition of contemporary art relating to and reflecting upon the nature of our aspirational technological inventions and the destructive nature they become. Many of the works regard the automobile...

Our interactive gallery of boats, steam and stor

Spirit of Adventure Summer

Windermere

Mon 1 Jul - Sun 1 Sep 2019

There's something for everyone - drop in sessions, storytelling, Eco Camp, Arts Award Discover weeks and Adventure Days.

Andrea Gregson Seeing through the Ground

Andrea Gregson Seeing through the Ground

Hawkshead

Fri 5 Jul - Sat 31 Aug 2019

Grizedale has a long history of industry, everything from iron smelting, tanneries, swill making, charcoal burning, bobbin-making and gunpowder production.

yesterday

Yesterday

Keswick

Fri 5 - Thu 18 Jul 2019

The Beatles are back - with a twist!

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.

The Knotted Project Training Company 2019

Summer training for theatre-makers aged 16-25

Kendal

Tue 16 Jul - Sat 7 Sep 2019

The Knotted Project Training Company is a new opportunity for young artists (aged 16-25) to develop their creative skills, networks and artistic practice as theatre and performance makers.

Summer Beer Festival

Summer Beer Festival

Staveley

Thu 18 - Sat 20 Jul 2019

Our beer festivals are brilliant, especially when the sun shines.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace (Arethra Franklin)

Keswick

Thu 18 Jul 2019

An unseen 1972 movie of Aretha Franklin recording the most successful gospel album to date was shelved and remained hidden for nearly 50 years.

Discover Poetry

Discover Poetry

Grasmere

Thu 18 Jul 2019

Join us in Dove Cottage or Rydal Mount for our monthly poetry reading group, where we’ll read and talk about a selection of classic and contemporary poems chosen to reflect the changing seasons.

Ava Grace

BAHA - LIVE MUSIC - AVA GRACE

Bowness-on-Windermere

Thu 18 Jul 2019

Local live musician Ava Grace brings versatile covers of Oasis, Joni Mitchell, Corrine Bailey Rae, Bill Withers to Britney Spears, Sia, Pharrel Williams, jazz infused versions and also some Originals too.

Borrowdale near Seathwaite

Fire & Ice in Borrowdale (Keswick)

Borrowdale

Fri 19 Jul - Mon 26 Aug 2019

A full day's walk learning about the rocks and glacial features of Borrowdale, including an encounter with a volcanic bomb! Led by a qualified geologist and teacher Stephen Mott, M.Sc., B.Sc., PGCE.

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.

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Coombs Woods

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