Things to do in the Lake District

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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.


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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.

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 Puzzling Place

The free to enter ‘Puzzle Area’ will amuse, entertain and frustrate you with puzzles and brain teasers. Then visit ‘World of Illusion’- you won’t believe your eyes!

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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