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

Grasmere 3

Ambleside 3

Borrowdale 3

Ullswater 3

Rydal 2

Cockermouth 2

Hawkshead 2

Cartmel 2

Bassenthwaite Lake 1

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Allan Bank

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

Blackwell

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

Brantwood

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

Dalemain

  • Garden/Arboretum

Home of the Hasell family since 1679, Dalemain began with a 12th-century peel tower built to protect the occupants from raiding Scots,...

Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum

  • House/Mansion/Villa

William Wordsworth lived in Dove Cottage from 1799 to 1808, a prolific and happy time for the poet. During this time he wrote some of...

Hill Top

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

Holker Hall

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The red sandstone towers of Holker Hall rise above elegant English gardens. The Cavendish family still lives in the house, which has...

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...

Rydal Mount

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If there's one poet associated with the Lake District, it is Wordsworth, who made his home at Rydal Mount from 1813 until his death.

Wordsworth House

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

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