Things to do in the Lake District

discover the best of the Lakes

Explore the beautiful lakes and spectacular mountains that inspired Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Turner and Ruskin. With 1,800 miles of footpaths, you can cycle, ride or walk to your heart’s content. But you don’t need to stay on land - take to the lakes on a gentle steamer cruise, try your hand at water skiing, or head to the coast for a stroll along one of the beautiful sandy beaches. For something completely different, spend the day in one of the Lakeland towns for fabulous galleries, museums or just great shopping.


South Lakes Safari Zoo

Get close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals in a unique, natural environment and experience the sights, sounds (and a few smells!) of the amazing creatures we share our planet with.

Ullswater 'Steamers'

Hop on one of Ullswater's lake cruises and discover famous walking routes, including the Ullswater Way and the famous William Wordsworth daffodils at Glencoyne Bay.

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Head over to Ravenglass and embark on a journey along one of England's oldest railways. Undoubtably one of the best ways to soak up views of the Lakeland countryside.

Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum

Explore the underground tunnels and artworks in the artificial caving system and take a trip on the narrow gauge railway, hauled by the steam-powered Sir Tom.

Hutton in the Forest

An ancient family home dating back to 1350 that’s rich in history, architecture and culture. Explore the classically decorated interiors and beautiful gardens and take a journey through time.

The Puzzling Place

The Puzzling Place World of Illusion takes the theme of Illusion and runs with it – you wont believe your eyes!

Rheged Centre

Inspirational, fun and educational activities including the biggest 3D cinema screen in the region, taking you on a dramatic journey through 2,000 years of Cumbria’s history.

The World of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter's world-famous tales come to life in a magical, interactive experience. Your adventure includes the story of her life, work and illustrations.

Cycling in Keswick

Check out the Keswick’s official visitor website for information on cycle routes.

Theatre by the Lake

This theatre is set in a stunning location close to Derwentwater. There is a company of 14 resident actors performing a host of modern and classic plays throughout the year.

Walby Farm Park

Visit a real, award-winning Cumbrian farm for a wide range of activities including: swings, trampolines, aerial slide, nature trail and animal feeding.

Go Ape At Whinlatter Forest

Enjoy the thrill of a three hour tree top adventure: climbing, swinging and enjoying the views. On the ground, take a Segway tour of the forest.

The Pencil Museum

How did RAF pilots use pencils to guide them home? How do you get colour into a pencil? Find out about the history of this particular piece of stationery, see miniature pencil sculptures and more!

Rookin House Activity Centre

Fun for all the family including horse riding, quad biking, fishing and clay pigeon shooting plus high-tech thrills of twin-seater power turn cars and off-roading.