Known for its beautiful scenery and relaxed lifestyle, the Lake District has long been a popular destination for UK lodge holidays. Thanks to its immense popularity with both families and individuals, the Lake District is home to hundreds of attractions.
In this travel guide, you’ll discover ten of the Lake District’s best tourist attractions for families, couples, and individuals. Make notes as you read and plan your dream trip to one of Britain’s finest holiday destinations.
While the walk up Orrest Head is far from challenging, the view from the summit is truly amazing. Scale this twenty-minute trail and you’ll be rewarded with one of the best views of the Windermere area – make sure you remember your camera.
Rydal Mount and Gardens
Step into the private house of William Wordsworth, one of Britain’s most celebrated poets. Wordsworth’s home for almost 40 years, the home is still decorated in a ‘lived in’ fashion.
The Ullswater Steamer
Board the Ullswater Steamer and travel in style around one of the Lake District’s finest bodies of water. A small fleet of boats transport visitors around Ullswater, while special steamships offer wildlife tours around the banks of the lake.
The Lakes Aquarium
Home to exotic sea life from as far away as Southeast Asia, the Lakes Aquarium is an excellent place to learn more about the world’s marine life. As well as the variety of exotic fish, the Lakes Aquarium is home to a selection of Lake District aquatic life.
Theatre by the Lake
Watch an old classic or catch a local production at the Theatre by the Lake. Located in Keswick, this charming theatre is the best place to view live drama while you’re holidaying in the Lake District.
Catbells is one of the Lake District’s best-known fells, and climbing the trail to its summit is regarded as a ‘must-do’ activity for fell walkers. Bring a packed lunch, a camera, and some comfortable shoes, as the walk can often take several hours.
The World of Beatrix Potter
Connect with your favourite childhood characters at The World of Beatrix Potter in Windermere. This wonderful tribute to the Lake District author lets visitors see all of Miss Potter’s wonderful characters in their natural environment.
The Holehird Gardens are a remarkable facility – a ten-acre garden complex owned by the Holehird Trust and maintained by a group of local volunteers. Relaxing and beautiful, the gardens are the perfect place to spend a lazy weekend morning.
Ideal for families, Treetop Trek is an exciting attraction in Windermere. This high ropes course is made up of two different sections – a Green Trek for children five and up, and a more challenging Blue Trek for older children.
The Lakeland Motor Museum
View classic cars, automotive memorabilia, and cult favourites alongside each other at the Lakeland Motor Museum. The museum is home to cult cars like the DeLorean DMC-12 and Aston Martin Virage, as well as the famous Bluebird K7 hydroplane.