The Lake District

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. Lakes Aquarium

    Zoo/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

  • 3. Brockhole

    Garden

    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

  • 4. Hawkshead Brewery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    It may not have the Lake District's most picturesque setting—in Staveley, between Windermere and Kendal—but for beer lovers, there are few better...Read More

  • 5. Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Company

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Vintage steam trains chug along on the 18-minute, 4-mile branch line between Lakeside and Haverthwaite, giving you a great view of the lake...Read More

  • 6. Orrest Head

    Viewpoint

    To escape the traffic and have a view of Windermere, set out on foot and follow the signs to the left of the Windermere Hotel to Orrest Head...Read More

  • 7. Windermere

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    No sights in Windermere or Bowness compete with that of Windermere itself. At 11 miles long, 1½ miles wide, and 220 feet deep, the lake is England...Read More

  • 8. World of Beatrix Potter

    Museum/Gallery

    A touristy attraction aimed at kids interprets the author's 23 tales with three-dimensional scenes of Peter Rabbit and more. Skip it if you...Read More

  • 9. Windermere Jetty

    Museum/Gallery

    Right beside the lake, the center houses the world's finest collection of Victorian and Edwardian steam- and motor-powered yachts and launches...Read More

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