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Culture and heritage attractions

Content Team 19 January 2021

Discover the beauty and rich history of the Lake District by visiting one of the many museums, galleries and attractions. We've listed our top attractions for you to visit in the Lakes below.

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Wordsworth House & Garden, Cockermouth

Wordsworth House and Garden is a stunning Georgian townhouse and the birthplace of the famous poet, William Wordsworth. Walking into William Wordsworth’s childhood home is like taking a step back in time to the 1770s and visitors can experience what it was like to have lived in the era. Growing in the garden is a variety of 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers and you can see where William’s love of nature stems from! Click here to view our Cottages in Cockermouth.

Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass
Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Home to the Pennington family for over eight centuries, Muncaster Castle is said to be one of the most haunted castles in England. Visitors can tour the house and view the magnificent Great Hall, the Library, the Dining Room, the Drawing Room and the Bedrooms. During spring and early summer, the castle's 77 acres of woodland gardens erupt with colour and the Terrace Walk was described by John Ruskin as ‘The Gateway to Paradise’ with its views over the Eskdale Valley and Lakeland fells. Click here for our cottages in Ravenglass.

Castlerigg, Keswick

Castlerigg prehistoric stone circle in the Lake District

One of the most atmospheric stone circles in Britain, Castlerigg is one of the most popular sites in Cumbria. It is one of the earliest British circles, raised in about 3000BC during the Neolithic period, and it has panoramic views over Skiddaw, Blencathra, Helvellyn and High Seat making for a pretty impressive backdrop. Click here for our cottages nearby in Keswic

Brantwood, Coniston

Brantwood House in Coniston, Lake District

On the shores of Coniston water sits Brantwood, the former home of the famous Victorian poet, artist and philosopher John Ruskin. The house was Ruskin’s home from 1872 until his death in 1990 and walking into the museum, visitors will be able to step into the world of John Ruskin. There are many fine paintings to admire as well as beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s own personal treasures. Brantwood also hosts modern exhibitions, concerts, courses and a variety of special events throughout the year. Click here for our Cottages in Coniston.

Hardknott Roman Fort

Hardknott Roman Fort, Lake District

Built under Hadrian’s rule in 200 BC, Hardknott Fort guarded the pass on the road from Ravenglass to Ambleside and was policed by troops from the eastern Adriatic. Today visitors can explore remains including the barracks, commandant’s house, parade ground and bathhouse. Click here for cottages nearby.

Roman Bath House, Ravenglass

Ruins of the Roman Bath House, Ravenglass

Ravenglass was a key naval base for the Romans during the 2nd century and the impressive bathhouse, known as Walls Castle, is one of the largest surviving Roman structures in England and has walls standing over 12 feet tall. Click here to view our cottages nearby.

Honister Slate Mine

England’s last surviving slate mine is set high on Honister Pass, is a fantastic day out in the Lakes. Don a hard-hat and venture underground on a mine tour that leads you through caves and down old miners trackways. You’ll see craftsmen still working Honister green slate in the traditional way and there’s a visitor centre to tell you all about the rich history of the slate-mining business. Adrenaline seekers out there will love Honister’s separate adventure, the daredevil climbing route known as the Via Ferrata. Click here for our cottages in Keswick.

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Set on the shores of Derwentwater, Theatre by the Lake is the only year-round professional theatre in Cumbria. Every year the theatre puts on a selection of productions from dramas to jazz festivals and films. The theatre puts on a fantastic roster of drama, music, dance, talks, comedy and film productions. Click here to view our cottages in Keswick

The Armitt Museum, Ambleside

Beatrix Potter exhibit at the Armitt Museum, Ambleside

Showcasing the rich heritage of Ambleside, The Armitt Museum is a Lake District gem. The Beatrix Potter ‘Image and Reality’ exhibition is a must-see as are the works of Kurt Schwitters and John Ruskin. Find all our cottages in Ambleside here.

Dove Cottage, Grasmere

Former home of William Wordsworth, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere, the Lake District

The former home of William Wordsworth from 1799-1808 and he wrote some of his most loved poems here including the great, 'I wandered lonely as a cloud'. His sister Dorothy also wrote her famous ‘Grasmere Journals’ at Dove Cottage. Visiting this cottage, it’s easy to see where they got their writing inspiration. The Lake District landscape here is simply captivating. Entry includes a visit to the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery where you can see excellent historical exhibitions, original manuscripts and pictures by artists from the known to the obscure. Click here to view our cottages in Grasmere.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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