Lake District Attractions

England's largest National Park, The Lake District, provides the perfect environment for a host of activities; from things to do in Windermere and Ambleside to ways to explore the wider countryside.

Here we’ve listed some of the most popular Lake District attractions, so you can browse and find something you fancy. From rock climbing and parascending to making use of the Lake Windermere boat hire options, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Boasting Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain, and Wastwater – England’s deepest lake, 'The Lakes' offers some of the UK’s most stunning scenery, inspiring artists such as Turner and Ruskin to some of the country’s best loved writers, such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

Enjoying the lake is one of the best and most common ways to pass the time. Hop onto one of the Lake Windermere boat cruises, or go kayaking or canoeing for a more adventurous thrill.

With such a wealth of beauty, culture and hospitality it isn’t hard to see why the Lake District remains the perfect setting to explore and enjoy.

The World of Beatrix Potter | English Lake District Attractions

The World of Beatrix Potter

Discover Peter Rabbit in Mr McGregor's garden, meet Jemima Puddle-duck amongst the foxgloves and call on Mrs. Tiggy-winkle in her kitchen.

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Windermere Lake Cruises | English Lakes | Things to do in the Lake District Attractions

Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere Lake Cruises will transport you amongst the grandeur of spectacular mountain scenery, and alongside the intrigue of the many small islands and secluded bays. Cruises vary in length from 45 minutes to 3 hours.

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The Windermere Jetty Museum

The Windermere Jetty Museum

Located near the popular Lake District tourist destination of Bowness-on-Windermere, The Windermere Jetty displays a uniquely important collection of boats.

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A steam engine on the popular Lakeside and Haverthwaite steam railway line.

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Sited in the pretty Leven Valley, at the southern end of Windermere, The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway is a popular addition to any visit to the Lake District

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Holker Hall, Award Winning Hall & Gardens

Holker Hall is the home of the Cavendish family who welcome visitors of all ages to one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain. Not only is there house open to explore, but a stunning and award winning gardens to discover and regular events

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Blackwell House Arts and Crafts

Blackwell House Arts & Crafts House

Completed in 1900 this house is of international importance, standing at the crossroads of Victorian design and modern architecture of the 20th century.

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Dove Cottage Lake District

Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum

Situated on the edge of the beautiful village of Grasmere, this was the home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy Wordsworth from 1799-1808, his great creative period.

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Hill Top - Beatrix Potters House, Lake District

Hill Top - Beatrix Potter’s House

Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories in this little 17th-century house and it has been kept exactly as she left it, complete with her furniture and china.

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Rydal Mount Gardens Lake District Attractions

Rydal Mount & Gardens

Another one of William Wordsworth's most beloved homes, from 1813-1850. Based between Ambleside and Grasmere, Rydal Mount is home to furniture, portraits, personal possessions, first editions from Wordsworth himself.

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The Lakes Aquarium

Lakes Aquarium

Explore the lakes of the world and discover some incredible creatures – from otters in Asia, piranhas in the Americas and cheeky marmosets in the rainforest.

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Armitt Museum Library in Ambleside Lake District

The Armitt Museum

A museum, library and gallery exploring the history of Ambleside and the cultural heritage of the Lake District. Home to collections of artwork by Kurt Schwitters, and many more inspirational artists.

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Jaguar Car grille, part of the collection at the Lakeland Motor Museum

Lakeland Motor Museum

The collection is a real testament to UK motoring heritage with cars spanning over a manufacturing period of 100 years.

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The Grasmere Gingerbread shop

Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Located in the popular tourist hotspot of Grasmere, Sarah Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread is a must for any visitor to the Lake District.

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The Via Ferrate at Honister Slate Mine

Honister Slate Mine & Via Ferrata

Travel deep inside the heart of the mountain on a mine tour, or challenge yourself to ‘Climb the Mine’ following the route of the original hardy and fearless miners.

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"Ruskin" landing at the Bratwood jetty with the Coniston fells behind.

Brantwood House & Gardens

John Ruskin’s former home, set in stunning location overlooking Coniston Water, gives a fascinating insight into the life of a man who was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as a prominent social thinker and philanthropist.

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Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

The only working bobbin mill left in the Lake District, Stott Park once produced a quarter of a million wooden bobbins a week, and employed 250 men and boys, often in arduous conditions.

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