The Lake District

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Lake District - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Abbot Hall


    The region's finest art gallery, Abbot Hall occupies a Palladian-style Georgian mansion built in 1759. In the permanent collection are works...Read More

  • 2. Allan Bank

    Historic Home

    Rope swings on the grounds, picnics in atmospheric old rooms, free tea and coffee, and huge blackboards you can write on: Allan Bank is unlike...Read More

  • 3. Beatrix Potter Gallery


    In the 17th-century solicitor's offices formerly used by Potter's husband, the Beatrix Potter Gallery displays a selection of the artist-writer...Read More

  • 4. Blackwell

    Historic Home

    From 1898 to 1900, architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott (1865–1945) designed Blackwell, a quintessential Arts and Crafts house with carved paneling...Read More

  • 5. Borrowdale Fells


    These steep fells rise up dramatically behind Seatoller. Get out and walk whenever inspiration strikes. Trails are well signposted, or you can...Read More

  • 6. Brantwood

    Historic Home

    On the eastern shore of Coniston Water, Brantwood was the cherished home of John Ruskin (1819–1900), the noted Victorian artist, writer, critic...Read More

  • 7. Castlegate House Gallery


    One of the region's best galleries, Castlegate displays and sells outstanding contemporary works, many by Cumbrian artists. There's a wonderful...Read More

  • 8. Castlerigg Stone Circle


    A Neolithic monument about 100 feet in diameter, this stone circle was built around 3,000 years ago on a hill overlooking St. John's Vale. The...Read More

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  • 9. Hill Top

    Historic Home

    Children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866–1943), most famous for her Peter Rabbit stories, called this place home. The house...Read More

  • 10. Lakes Aquarium


    On the quayside at the southern end of Windermere, this excellent aquarium has wildlife and waterside exhibits. One highlight is an underwater...Read More

  • 11. Little Salkeld Watermill


    This fully functioning stone-ground flour mill is well worth a visit for its delicious baked goods and for a tour of the fascinating workings...Read More

  • 12. Ullswater Steamers

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    These antique vessels, including a 19th-century steamer that is said to be the oldest working passenger ship in the world, run the length of...Read More

  • 13. Wordsworth House

    Historic Home

    Cockermouth was the birthplace of William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, whose childhood home was this 18th-century town house, carefully...Read More

  • 14. Aira Force

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    A spectacular 65-foot waterfall pounds under a stone bridge and through a wooded ravine to feed into Ullswater. From the parking lot it's a...Read More

  • 15. Armitt Museum


    Ambleside's fine local museum is a scholarly place, focusing on influential German artist Kurt Schwitters and Beatrix Potter. Schwitters lived...Read More

  • 16. Bridge House

    Notable Building

    This tiny 17th-century stone building, once an apple store, perches on an arched stone bridge spanning Stone Beck. It may have been built here...Read More

  • 17. Brockhole


    A lakeside 19th-century mansion with 30 acres of terraced gardens sloping down to the water, Brockhole serves as the park's official visitor...Read More

  • 18. Cartmel Priory

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1190, the huge Cartmel Priory survived the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century because it was also the village church...Read More

  • 19. Coniston Boating Centre

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The National Trust's restored Victorian steam yacht and the slightly more utilitarian Coniston Launch both leave from the town's spruced-up...Read More

  • 20. Coniston Water

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The lake came to prominence in the 1930s when Arthur Ransome made it the setting for Swallows and Amazons, one of a series of novels about...Read More

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