There’s an abundance of attractions in Cumbria. In fact, there’s probably a greater variety of things to do and places to visit in the Lake District & Cumbria than anywhere else in the UK. Explore the mountains, fells, valleys and dales and visit the lakes and tarns of the Lake District & Cumbria. Discover hidden places to visit in the Lake District forests, woods, waterfalls, rivers and caves. In addition, there’s a wealth of historic places to visit in the Lake District & Cumbria. These include some of the earliest stone circles in Britain, the remains of the Roman Empire, abbeys and priories, ancient churches, castles and pele towers. Then, there’s the more recent industrial history such as water mills, and mines.
THE LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK
Cumbria is home to the Lake District National Park which sits in the hilly centre of the county. This is the most popular with visitors however the area of Cumbria outside the National Park is becoming more popular with visitors looking for a quieter holiday. Nearly all Lake District attractions are within easy daily driving distance of anywhere in the larger area of Cumbria.
The most popular area to visit in the Lake District is the area around Windermere. This is also known as the South Lakes and is slightly more accessible from the south of England. The area around Keswick and Derwentwater, or North Lakes, is an extremely close second in popularity.The East Lakes includes the beautiful lake Ullswater and the Penrith Area. The West Lakes is pretty and unspoiled and includes the Eskdale Valley and Wastwater, voted England’s favourite view. Both the east and west Lakes are recently becoming more popular places to visit in the Lake District.
From historic houses and wildlife havens, to adrenaline-fuelled activities or new learning experiences, there’s a great selection of attractions on offer on Allerdale. Explore Keswick, Cockermouth, Silloth and Aspatria to Maryport, Workington and Wigton, there are loads of places to visit and things to see and do. Be in the know with these top picks of the Allerdale attractions which will bring to life our heritage, culture, landscape and achievements. Get out there and discover this incredible region.
Despite being the smallest of the six districts in Cumbria, there’s still plenty to see and do in Barrow-In-Furness. For example, visit the romantic ruins of the Furness Abbey were celebrated by Wordsworth in his Prelude in 1805. Alternatively, go see the enchanting Piel Island and Castle. If nature is your interest, you have the South Lakes Safari Zoo or the South Walney Nature Reserve, with stunning views across Morecambe Bay. Additionally a visit to Sandscale Haws National Nature reserve will provide a wealth of wildlife: a rich variety of flora, a large population of natterjack toads and a range of wetland and other birds. The Dock Museum, built in a historic nineteenth century dock, the museum is home to a wealth of objects on the social and industrial history of the Furness area. For more tranquility and reflection, you can enjoy Barrow Park, a 45-acre park containing a large boating lake, mini railway, skate park, various playgrounds and the Park Leisure Centre. Finally, Earnse bay is areal treasure- listed as one of England’s hidden gem beaches by National Geographic.
Carlisle has a plethora of scenic sights, archaic architecture and a whole wealth of restaurants. This historic city will provide you with an exciting and informative trip and will allow you to immerse yourself in culture and creativity.
Known to many as the ‘Great Border City’, Carlisle is now the predominant cultural, industrial and commercial centre for North Cumbria. Its historic nature can be seen through the likes of its many museums and heritage centres, as well as Carlisle Castle, itself. Home to the main campuses of the University of Cumbria, it’s certainly not lacking in culture or education. There’s an abundance of things to see and do in Cumbria, so you can rest assured that your time here will be well-spent.
Copeland is synonymous with beautiful coastline along the Western coast of Cumbria. There is some stunning scenery and walks, beautiful beaches, amazing mountains and fells, delicious eateries, castles, a huge selection of accommodation and so much to see and do.
The Eden Valley, with its attractive scenery and range of attractions, still remains relatively under the radar compared to its Western Lake District neighbour. But we think this quieter, characterful valley is the perfect place to visit for those seeking a bit of tranquillity. With the Pennines to the east, the Lake District fells to the west, and charming market towns and traditional villages dotted about the countryside, The Eden Valley is a spectacular spot for a holiday! From ancient ruins and grand country houses to wildlife and outdoor adventures, here’s our run down of some of the best things to do in the area.
South Lakeland has a wealth of attractions and places to visit which will appeal to the whole family. Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, there are lots of things to explore.
Lose yourself at Lakeland Maze Farm Park or journey through the Quaker influence on the modern world, all beautifully illustrated in the needlework at Quaker Tapestry. Maybe it’s arts and crafts, great music to listen to, or a film you’d like to watch, then a must-visit is The Brewery Arts Centre. All these attractions are available to visit in the bustling market town of Kendal and the surrounding area.
Experience the nostalgia of a steam train on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway located in the scenic Leven Valley at the southern end of Windermere. The railway runs from Haverthwaite Station, along the banks of the River Leven, to Lakeside Station where you can alight and visit the Lakes Aquarium. Then it’s off for a breathtaking cruise with Windermere Lake Cruises, to sail you away to Bowness and Ambleside. Enjoy a heritage boat trip at Cumbria’s newest museum, Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, set in a stunning location on the shores of Lake Windermere.
As you step into The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness, you can explore this wonderful landscape, as all 23 of the magical tales are brought to life. There’s also Beatrix Potter’s charming cottage to visit at Hill Top, Far Sawrey, nr Hawkshead. Whatever you choose, there’s a great day to be had for visitors and locals alike.