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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    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...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

    Mountain

    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

    Museum/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

    Ruins

    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

    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

  • 11. Little Salkeld Watermill

    Factory

    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

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