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South and Central Lakes – The Golden Triangle!

If you are limited on time or want a beginner’s guide to the Lakes, the South and Central Lakes are great for providing a snapshot of what this World Heritage site has to offer. This easily accessible area has so much going on. You can cruise on a lake, reach a summit, delve into Cumbria’s history and heritage and dig into some tasty local treats, all within a small (yet perfectly formed) area.


Arrive at Windermere Station and follow the signs down to Bowness-on-Windermere and The Lake. You might want to take your time to browse the many boutique shops and eateries on the way! Dependent on your persuasion there are lots of local attractions well worth a visit. There’s the World of Beatrix Potter, if you follow one of our most famous authors and the new Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.
Bowness on Windermere

Bowness on Windermere

Situated on the shores of lake Windermere, the bustling town of Bowness on the shores of Lake Windermere, offers a great variety of visitor attractions, accommodation and shops.
Benjamin Bunny

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere is a vibrant visitor centre offering a unique experience for all the family. Explore a magical world where all 23 enchanting tales are brought to life.
Windermere Jetty

Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories at Windermere Jetty

Windermere Jetty is a spectacular new museum on the shores of Windermere that showcases the sights, smells and sounds of life on the lake.


Take your pick, if you can, from the plethora of cafés, inns and restaurants on offer.


Take a cruise from the pier with Windermere Lake Cruises. Head to Brockhole- The Lake District Visitor Centre for adventures for all ages. Take to the Trees on springy tree top trampolines or clip, climb and slide your way through the woodland on the areal adventure that is Tree Top Treck. Hire a boat, bike or Kayak or try your hand at Laser Clay Shooting.

Over summer you can hire a bike from Windermere Train Station and catch the Bike Boat to the lesser explored Western Shore of Lake Windermere. The easy cycle trail has a mock Gothic castle and renovated Victorian Viewing Station to discover.

If you prefer to amble then head to Waterhead for the pretty village of Ambleside. There are lots of quirky shops and ginnels to explore.

If you don’t want to catch the boat back from Brockhole or Ambleside you can catch the regular 555 or 599 service back to Bowness-on-Windermere. Look out for the open top service which runs over summer.
Brockhole - Lake District Visitor Centre

Brockhole: Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole on Windermere

We're Brockhole on Windermere set right on the shores of the lake and we are incredibly proud to be at the heart of the spectacular Lake District National Park - a New UNESCO World Heritage Site!
Treetop Nets

Treetop Nets

Adventure in the High trees! Treetop Nets offers an amazing new way to play high up in the tree canopy. Featuring over 1500m2 of bouncy trampolines, aerial walkways, tunnels and slides. A great family day out suitable for ages 3yrs+.
Treetop Trek

Treetop Trek

Recreational high ropes adventure course for 5 years upwards. Climbing wall with auto belay.
Wray Castle

Wray Castle

Wray Castle is a mock-gothic Castle, on the western shore of Windermere. Empty of original furniture, this is a place for all the family to enjoy.
Claife Viewing Station

Claife Viewing Station

Colourful Viewing Station with endless lake views and waterside paths.


Take your pick of Winderemere and Bowness-on-Windermere's restaurants and maybe take a stroll down to the lake at sunset.


There is accommodation to suit all tastes and budget in Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere. Find yours on

Details of The World of Beatrix Potter AttractionThe World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere is a vibrant visitor centre offering a unique experience for all the family. Explore a magical world where all 23 enchanting tales are brought to life, recreating the beautiful Lake District countryside complete with sights, sounds and smells. There's chance to meet your favourite characters including Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-winkle and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Visitors can step into Peter Rabbit's Garden to see the cos lettuces that Benjamin Bunny nibbled on and the gooseberry bush where Peter got caught in a net as he tried to escape Mr. McGregor! There's plenty to do to keep everybody happy: kids can explore with a free activity booklet and play puzzles and games whilst adults reminisce and absorb themselves in Miss Potter's history in the fascinating virtual world and interactive area. There's also a superb themed family friendly café where you can treat yourself to a scrumptious High Tea and a Peter Rabbit Picnic Basket for the kids. On the menu too are delicious fresh soups and salads with ingredients grown in our very own kitchen garden. And don't forget you can take a bit of Beatrix Potter magic home with you at the end of the day from our famous gift shop. With plenty of great events to take part in through the year, a fun time is guaranteed whatever the weather!

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The Old Laundry, Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3BX


Map reference: SD 403969
     Lat: 54.36411  Long: -2.92027
In the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere, just off Lake Road.

By Train: connect to the Lakes Line at Oxenholme Station and travel on to Bowness-on-Windermere. Alight at Windermere and take the 25 min walk to Bowness-on-Windermere.

Parking : with charge

Public Transport : 2 miles from Windermere station

Japanese signs/commentary, Dutch, Chinese and French signs/subtitles.

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