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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Armitt Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Ambleside's fine local museum is a scholarly place, focusing on influential German artist Kurt Schwitters and Beatrix Potter. Schwitters lived...Read More

  • 6. Derwent 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 still makes...Read More

  • 7. Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum

    Historic Home

    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 his most...Read More

  • 8. Kendal Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Focusing on natural history and archaeology, this grand, old-fashioned museum details splendidly the flora and fauna of the Lake District. The...Read More

  • 9. Penrith Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    In a 16th-century building that served as a school from 1670 to the 1970s, this museum contains Stone Age axe heads, interesting fossils and...Read More

  • 10. Ruskin Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This repository of fascinating and thought-provoking manuscripts, personal items, and watercolors by John Ruskin illuminates his thinking and...Read More

  • 11. Rydal Mount

    Historic Home

    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...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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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