The Lake District Sights

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

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Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere 9

Penrith 6

Keswick 5

Coniston 5

Kendal 4

Cockermouth 3

Grasmere 3

Borrowdale 3

Ullswater 3

Rydal 2

Hawkshead 2

Ambleside 2

Cartmel 2

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Allan Bank

  • House/Mansion/Villa

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

Beatrix Potter Gallery

  • Museum/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...

Brockhole

  • Garden/Arboretum

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

Cumberland Pencil Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Legend has it that shepherds found graphite on Seathwaite Fell after a storm uprooted trees in the 16th century. The Derwent company...

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...

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...

Levens Hall

  • Garden/Arboretum

An Elizabethan house and the home of the Bagot family since 1590, Levens Hall is famous for its topiary garden, probably the most distinctive...

Lowther Castle

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

On 130 acres of parkland and gardens, the 1806 Lowther Castle fell into disrepair during the second half of the 20th century. Once used...

Rheged

  • Information Center

Named for the Celtic kingdom of Cumbria, Rheged is a modern, grass-covered visitor center with activities for kids and some interesting...

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...

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