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.
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.
Cycling in Keswick
From scenic, family-friendly routes to downhill mountain bike trails, the Lakes is the perfect place to go biking. Check out Keswick Bikes for local bike hire and information on cycle routes.
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!