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Best walks in the Lake District

Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

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Man walking on Catbells mountain in the Lake District with a scenic panorama view of Derwentwater lake and Keswick in the background

The Lake District’s many hills – or ‘fells’ as they’re known in Cumbria – offer some of the best hiking in England, from short walks to full-day multi-summit treks. There’s nowhere better to appreciate the best of the British landscape.

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 3 hours

Boating on the Lakes

Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

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a wooden boat travelling across a lake

Wooded islands, beaches, lakeside mansions, craggy fells – you’ll see them all on a Lakeland cruise. The only question is which lake to choose.

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 4+

Duration: Any

Walk around Lake Buttermere

Buttermere, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

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Walk around Lake Buttermere

Spectacular scenery and a tranquil waterside location combine on this 4.5-mile circular walk around Buttermere Lake. The best walk in the Lake District.

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 2 hours

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

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Close up of a steam train locomotive

A 7-mile trip aboard a traditional steam locomotive that chugs along a scenic valley, offering stunning views of the western fells.

Adult price: £12

Best for ages 4+

Duration: 40 minutes

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Keswick, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

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Aerial view of the stone circle in a field

The most dramatic stone circle in all of England, standing on a lonely hilltop near Keswick for the last 3,000 years, and surrounded by a natural amphitheatre fells.

Best for ages 8+

Walk up Scafell Pike

Wasdale, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

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Peak of Scafell Pike

Climb up to the highest point in England for a memorable view of the Wasdale fells – and a special sense of achievement. But don’t expect to be on your own if the weather’s fine

Best for ages 13+

Duration: Full day

Hill Top

Ambleside, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

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Exterior view of Hill Top, Cumbria, home of Beatrix Potter.

Beatrix Potter’s cottage is every bit as pretty (and popular) as you’d expect – and, for fans of her books, offers the chance to see some of the places that inspired her illustrations.

Adult price: £15

Best for ages 13+

Rydal Mount

Rydal, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

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Exterior of the house

Wordsworth’s grand family home between Ambleside and Grasmere is an essential stop: it’s full of memorabilia, and offers an intriguing glimpse of the Wordsworth family’s daily life in the Lakes.

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 18+

William Wordsworth

Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

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Close up of tombstones with Wordsworth's name on

William Wordsworth found inspiration for many of his most famous poems in the Lake District, and there are many sights associated with him.

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 3 hours

Dove Cottage (& Wordsworth Museum)

Grasmere, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

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exterior of the small white cottage

Take a guided tour around Wordsworth’s charming cottage near Grasmere to get a fascinatingly personal insight into the poet’s life and times – and don’t miss the brilliant museum next door.

Adult price: £12

Best for ages 18+

Grasmere Village

Ambleside, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Pedestrians outside the gift shop and cafe in the Main Street in the centre of Grasmere Village

The region’s most picturesque and charming village. Grasmere is set on the shores of its eponymous lake and cradled by green fields and fells. William Wordsworth is buried in the churchyard of St Oswald’s – you can see the poet’s tombstone.

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 3 hours

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Windermere Jetty Museum

Windermere, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Windermere Jetty Museum

Boat-lovers and history buffs should head to Lake Windermere’s excellent new boat museum dedicated to the history of boating on the lakes. It’s home to a collection of historical boats, and they run trips out onto Lake Windermere on one of two heritage vessels, MV Penelope II and SL Osprey.

Adult price: £9

Best for ages 4+

Duration: 30 minutes

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Underground tours of Honister Mine

Keswick, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

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view up a mineshaft

Venture underground into the dark mines under Honister Pass to discover the history of Lakeland slate mining – and, if you’re feeling brave, tackle an underground climbing expedition.

Adult price: £18

Best for ages 8+

Townend

Troutbeck, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Exterior of a large white house

This traditional stone and slate farmhouse was home to local famers the Browne family for over 400 years. The house and family’s possessions have been preserved, showcasing rural life in the Lakes over the past centuries.

Adult price: £9

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 3 hours

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Ullswater Steamers

Ullswater, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

The Ullswater traditional steamboat travelling across Ullswater lake

Arguably the most atmospheric of all the Lakeland cruises, this fleet of period vessels mostly dates from the 19th century, and offers incredible vistas over Ullswater and the Helvellyn range. Tours run all year round; a one-way trip across the lake from Glenridding Pier to Pooley Bridge Pier takes an hour.

Adult price: £12

Duration: 1+ hours

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Steam Yacht Gondola, Lake Coniston

Coniston, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

The Steam yacht Gondola sailing on Coniston Water in the Lake District, Cumbria

Cruise Lake Coniston in serious style on a 19th century steam yacht, complete with saloons, leather sofas and a viewing deck. A full lake cruise takes 1 hour 40 minutes, or there are shortert cruises around the north or south sections of the lake.

Adult price: £24

Best for ages 4+

Duration: 1 hour 40 mins

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Lowther Castle & Gardens

Penrith, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Exterior of the pinkish castle viewed from the driveway

This mock-Gothic castle, complete with turrets and crenellations, was the ancestral seat of the Earls of Lonsdale. The present castle dates from 1812, but after decades of mismanagement, fell into ruin during the 20th century; a multi-million pound project is underway to restore it and the gardens to their former glory.

Adult price: £12

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 3 hours

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Via Ferrata at Honister

Keswick, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Man smiling as he descends iron ladder

Thrilling rock climbing made more accessible – an adventure course of cables, rungs, ladders and bridges.

Adult price: £60

Min age 10

Best for ages 10+

Duration: 3 hours

Hawkshead Brewery

Kendal, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Exterior of the brewery

The best-known of some fantastic craft breweries in the region. It has a brilliant beer hall at its main site in Staveley, where you can also take a guided tour to learn more about the brewing process

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 3 hours

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Muncaster Castle

Ravenglass, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Close up of the front of the castle

This castle near the Cumbrian coast belongs to the Pennington family, who have owned it for more than 800 years. It’s notoriously haunted, including by a playful spook though to be the original Tom Fool. It also has a hawk and owl centre that stages flying displays.

Adult price: £17

Best for ages 8+

Duration: 3 hours

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Wordsworth House and Garden

Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Visitors in the garden in June at Wordsworth House, Cumbria, the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.

Wordsworth’s childhood home in Cockermouth is now owned by the National Trust, and offers an absorbing glimpse of the poet’s early life, with costumed guides on hand to help illustrate the story.

Adult price: £8

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 3 hours

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Holker Hall

Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Aerial view of the country home

Surrounded by acres of gardens, deer park and woodlands, this impressive stately home is home to Lord and Lady Cavendish. It is worth visiting for its ornate architecture and antiques, including original Chippendale furniture, as well as for its extensive grounds. There is also an excellent farm shop and restaurant.

Adult price: £14

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 3 hours

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Keswick Launch, Derwentwater

Keswick, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

a wooden boat travelling across a lake

Explore the shores of Derwentwater – Beatrix Potter’s favourite lake – with a hop-on, hop-off Walkers’ Ticket, or just sit back and enjoy the views of the fells. Complete tours of the Lake take 50 minutes, or you can disembark at one of the eight jetties en-route.

Adult price: £13

Best for ages 4+

Duration: 50 minutes

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The Lakes Distillery

Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Close up of 3 small glasses containing whisky

One of the only distilleries in England that makes its own whisky, this boutique spirits maker also produces its own gin and vodka. Tours explore the alchemical art of distilling and offer the chance to taste the latest batches.

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 3 hours

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Beatrix Potter Gallery

Hawkshead, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Lady staring at a painting by Beatrix Potter, at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead, Cumbria. Beatrix Potter's original artwork on display in a 17th-century house.

This small gallery in Hawkshead is located in the old office of Beatrix Potter’s husband, solicitor William Heelis. It holds regular exhibitions of her work, including her beautiful botanical paintings.

Adult price: £7

Best for ages 10+

Duration: 3 hours

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Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Ambleside, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Exterior fo the small shop in Grasmere

Sarah Nelson’s gingerbread is an institution in Grasmere: it’s been made to the same recipe since 1854. It’s wonderfully quaint – the frilly outfits worn by the shop staff are something from a bygone age.

Best for ages 4+

Duration: 3 hours

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