Updated: Feb 14, 2021
Lake district is England’s largest national park, centred on the main Cumbrian towns of Keswick, Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere and is known for its lakes, forests and mountains. We’ve put together some activities and attractions when visiting Lake district. As the Lake district is a popular holiday destination, we have put together some of the best activities and attractions for if your visiting lake district.
1: Wray Castle
Wray castle is not a real castle but instead a mock-gothic private home dating from back from 1840. It’s a national trust property on the western shore of Windermere and it was designed especially for children. It has an adventure playground with rope swings, costumes to play dress up. You can easily make a day out of visiting the Wray castle, if you have a spare hour a bike ride along Windermere is always an option.
Visit their website for more details : https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wray-castle
2: Visit Beatrix Potter’s Farmhouse
Children’s author Beatrix potter left her former home in the village of Near Sawrey to the NationalTrust when she died in 1943. She left her property in their hands under one strict rule, thateverything was left and should not be touched. Her wish was commanded, and it is now a house giving children an insider of potter’s mind. You can visit potter’s farmhouse during your holidays in the Lake District. See more details on the National Trust website below.
3: Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Steam Train
The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a steam train that follows the route of a Victorian iron ore railway. The steamtrain offers amazing scenery the whole way through, you can stop off during the 7 mile course and explore a walk around, but even staying on the train will be an experience. The train travels towards some of England’s highest mountains so you can imagine the views from the window!
Visit their website for more details : https://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/
4: The Motor Museum
The Lakeland Motor Museum is the place to be if you’re a known petrol head and love all things vintage cars and bicycles from all eras. Located on the banks of the River Leven in Backbarrow, you will have a great day exploring the museum. If your arriving by boat the museum offers a useful shuttle bus picking you up from the lake.
Visit their website for more details : https://www.lakelandmotormuseum.co.uk/
5: Indoor climbing
If you enjoy rock climbing or are keen to learn how to rock climb, then the Lakeland Climbing Centre is the place to go when in Lake district. With a range of climbing walls, one being the tallest indoor wall in the UK, you will be a rock-climbing specialist by the end of your visit. Whether you’re a beginner or already an experienced rock climber, the Lakeland Climbing Centre cater for all.
Visit their website for more details : https://www.edenrockclimbing.com/
6: Watch a film at the Alhambra Cinema, Keswick
Everyone loves the cinema, whether that’s in your home town, another city or country. With the Lake District being a very wet area, with lots of rain, the cinema can be a great option if you want to be indoors, comfy and warm. The Alhambra Cinema in Keswick is the cinema to be when in the Lake District, it passed its 100 th year a short while ago. A plus is the free beverage on entrance.
Visit their website for more details : https://www.keswickalhambra.co.uk/in-cinemas
7: Spend a day at the spa in Lodore Falls
Surrounded by mountains, the Lodore falls hotel offers a fantastic spa, the perfect place to relax and wind down. Enjoy a fun packed day where you can have a massage, facial or any beauty treatment. You can also enjoy indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, gym and a tennis court. With an AA-Rosette-awarded Lake view restaurant you can enjoy a peaceful lunch or dinner. See more details on the TripAdvisor website.
8: Afternoon tea at the inn on the lake, Ullswater
If your spending a day away from the kids or just want a day to indulge in good food, afternoon tea is a great option. The inn on the lake is set in 15 acres of quiet grounds, a peaceful spot to enjoy tea and cake. Available between 12-5pm. Depending on when you are visiting the lake district, if it happens to be sunny with good dry weather, you can find a spot on the terrace with great views of the Lake Ullswater. If the weather is more on the cold, wet side, you can still enjoy the outside view with cosy sofas and 360-degree vistas and a fire. See more details on the TripAdvisor website.
9: Go Ape at Whinlatter Mountain Forest
If you fancy an energy-based activity day out head to the Go Ape at Whinlatter Mountain Forest. Go Ape is open to everyone, adults and kids over 10. Find yourself across bridges and high ropes, zip lining over water, anything adventurous really.
Visit their website for more details : https://www.forestryengland.uk/whinlatter
10: Climb Scafell pike
Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, be careful if you decide to climb the Scafell Pike as it’s not a simple task. Plan and prepare before you go. If you’re not an experienced walker or feel you need a helping hand, there are many guided tours available. See more details on the National Trust website.