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60 of the best Lake District attractions

Kim 10 March 2024

When you visit the Lake District, you’ll find that the number of fabulous attractions is astounding. From historic homes and ancient monuments to lake cruises and extensive adventure playgrounds, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. 

We have compiled some of the best things to do during a getway to the Lake District, from dog-friendly attractions to fun-filled days out that will keep the whole family entertained. 

Take at our pick of the best attractions in the Lake District and find the perfect place to rest your head after days of exploring.

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10 dog-friendly Lake District attractions

Windermere Lake Cruises, Windermere

Windermere Lake Cruiser sailing across Windermere

What better way to experience the Lake District than via a sail on its largest and most popular lake? Windermere Lake Cruises welcomes both humans and dogs onto their boats. And your fluffy pal travels for free too! 

Take a full-length cruise around England’s longest lake, or hop on and off at various attractions around the water, including Wray Castle, Brockhole and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway, all of which are dog friendly (with some restrictions).

Aira Force Waterfall, Coniston

Aira Force waterfall surrounded by woodland

One of the big advantages of a Cumbrian holiday for dog lovers is the amount of amazing Lake District dog walks available everywhere you turn. Aira Force, run by the National Trust, combines both a popular attraction with an excellent dog walk. 

Park up in the handy car park and head into the woods where you follow the water upstream, past small falls and river pools, until you reach the main attraction - the spectacular Aira Force Waterfall tumbling 20 metres below an iconic stone bridge.

Grizedale Forest Sculpture Trail, Grizedale

Sculpture in middle of Grizedale Forest

 We know that dogs love to snuffle around woodland and explore the smells of all the creatures that have recently passed by. That’s why Grizedale Forest makes such a fantastic dog-friendly attraction. 

Your pooch can sniff away to their heart’s content, while you take a leisurely stroll amongst the trees, looking out for the unique artworks appearing at intervals below the canopy. There are several sculpture trails so you can pick the length of your walk.

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Windermere

Lakeside and Haverthwaite steam train travelling through the countryside

The full-size Lakeside and Haverthwaite steam trains that run along the shores of Windermere are certainly something to behold! And we love that your dog can also come along for the ride. Dogs travel for free but must be kept off the seats. 

Why not combine your dog-friendly trip with a ride on the Windermere Lake Cruises? Joint tickets are available for a dog-friendly day out around Windermere.

Lakeland Motor Museum

Historic cars at the Lakeland Motor Museum

Image credit: Lakeland Motor Museum

The Lakeland Motor Museum is a must-see Lake District attraction for any petrol head. And even those that aren’t so interested in cars will find something fascinating in this museum of travel. 

Iconic Lake District vehicles - such as replicas of Donald Campbell’s record-breaking transport - are represented, as well everything from pedal cars and 1920s fire engines to vintage Cadillacs and an Amphicar. Dogs are welcome for free in all parts of the museum and the cafe.

Allan Bank, Grasmere

Deckchairs in the grounds of Allen Bank

Unusually for a National Trust property, dogs are allowed in the building at Allan Bank in Grasmere. A former home of poet William Wordsworth - though less well-known than nearby Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage - Allan Bank is a large villa that has been pitted by multiple fires in its unfortunate history. However, its caretakers have embraced these near-disasters, opening up the building, restoring it and creating a relaxed space that is quite unlike any other National Trust building.

Cockpit Stone Circle, Pooley Bridge

Cockpit Stone Circle near Pooley Bridge

On a hill above Ullswater lies a fascinating world of ruins and mysteries left by our ancient ancestors. Scattered with ancient monuments, Askham Fell is a history-lovers dream, and the Cockpit Stone Circle is the jewel in the crown. The large circle is still standing after over 3,500 years and is an impressive sight. Take your dog on a walk here from Pooley Bridge, with the option to make your stroll into a longer circular route that enjoys some lovely aspects of the Eden Valley.

Rydal Cave, Rydal

View from Rydal Cave

Hidden behind trees above the diminutive lake of Rydal Water is a clue to the area’s history. Impressive caves and quarries cover the hillside, a remnant of old mining practices. The walk around Rydal Water is just lovely, and a slight detour up the hill is well worth it. In particular, look out for Rydal Cave, an impressively large cavern with stepping stones that take you through the flood waters and into its depths. Dogs will enjoy the walk up and may even fancy a swim with the fish that can be spotted in the waters!

Hutton-in-the-Forest, Skelton

Formal gardens with arch of trees at Hutton-in-the-Forest

Dogs are welcome in the extensive grounds of Hutton-in-the-Forest, a family-owned home that’s over 650 years old. Although dogs aren’t permitted in the house itself, there is still plenty enough to enjoy outside. With formal gardens, a walled garden, meadows, ponds and woodland, you and your dog could quite easily spend most of your day here, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells.

Brougham Castle, Penrith

Brougham Castle with River Eamont in the foreground

The ruins of Brougham Castle are certainly eye-catching, sitting alongside the A66 road that takes many people into the Lake District. The picturesque setting surrounded by rolling fields and above the River Eamont makes this a fantastic place to stop off on your way to or from your holiday, or even during your stay. Despite much of the building having been lost, there are still a fascinating number of passages and spiral staircases to explore, and you can ascend one of the remaining towers. Dogs are welcome on leads.

10 indoor attractions in the Lake District

Dalemain Mansion and Gardens, Ullswater

Exterior of Dalemain Mansion

Home to the World Marmalade Awards, Dalemain is a historic house in romantic parkland. The eclectic home hides treasures ranging from furniture and ceramics to everyday historic objects. Of course, the Festival is the highlight of the year. Taking place throughout a week in April, there are marmalade competitions, marmalade stalls, marmalade-themed events... Really, everything marmalade!

Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Windermere

Stott Bobbin Mill near Windermere

Tucked away in the woodlands to the south of Lake Windermere, Stott Park Bobbin Mill is a loving celebration of the industrial heritage of the area. Once producing millions of bobbins for the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries, it’s still working today, so you can learn about the history and see the old machinery hard at work.

Wordsworth House and Gardens, Cockermouth

The exterior of Wordsworth House in Cockermouth

Celebrating one of the Lake District’s most famous sons, Wordsworth House is the childhood home of poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. In the pretty town of Cockermouth, the Georgian house has been kept as the poet would have known it in his day, with a working kitchen (enjoy the smell of fresh baking and even sample a treat!), special exhibitions, and a riverside garden.

The Armitt Museum, Kendal

River Kent flowing alongside Kendal

The museum, gallery and library at the Armitt Museum is a must-visit for anyone with a love of learning. Packed full of objects that take you through the history of nearby Ambleside - as well as the wider Lake District - social history is celebrated here through temporary exhibitions, events and stories.

Brantwood, Coniston

Window at Brantwood looking out over the lake


Brantwood was formerly the home of social reformer John Ruskin. It is now a centre for arts, architecture, nature and much more, reflecting the wide-ranging impact that Ruskin had on the world. Overlooking Coniston Water, the house is jam-packed with interesting pieces collected by the man himself, and a packed calendar throughout the year includes exclusive exhibitions, music concerts and talks.

Dove Cottage, Grasmere

Whitewashed exterior of Dove Cottage

Another former home of William Wordsworth, Dove Cottage is perhaps the best known to visitors of the Lake District. This cultural attraction sits on the edge of pretty Grasmere village and was the place where the poet wrote much of his greatest work. Now a museum, you can find out more about the life of the Wordsworth family, other famous writers of the day, and the local area.

Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere

Panelled room at Blackwell Arts and Crafts House

Image credit: Blackwell Arts and Crafts House

This surprising and unique property is a real rarity, acting as it does as a snapshot of 20th-century life. It’s built with inspiration from the natural world and is full of original features. A truly inspirational building designed by Baillie Scott, you’ll be blown away by the interiors and exterior alike. Catch a tour or an exhibition to get the most of wonderful Blackwell.

Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite

Sign at The Lakes Distillery

Image credit: The Lakes Distillery

The Lake District’s indoor attractions aren’t all just stately homes and ancient castles. If your preference is more for food and drink, then pop along to the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite Lake. Home to the famous Lakes Whiskey, you can tour the distillery, pick up a keepsake from the shop, or enjoy a quality meal at the restaurant.

Sizergh Castle, Kendal

Lake with Sizergh Castle in the background

Sizergh Castle and Estate, standing at the gateway to the Lake District, runs to 1,600 acres in size, so there’s plenty to discover! Deer and rare birds make the grounds their home, so keep a sharp eye for all sorts of critters. In the imposing medieval manor there are fascinating collections of objects, and the carefully tended gardens include an apple orchard, mirror lake and kitchen garden. 

Hill Top, Near Sawrey

Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter

Fans of the children’s author Beatrix Potter will be excited to visit Hill Top, a former home of the beloved author. Step into the Lakeland house and you’ll feel as if the lady herself has just walked into another room, so well preserved is the space. Look out for familiar scenes from her beautiful illustrations, admire some of Potter’s most favoured possessions, and enjoy the homely feel of this special house.

Top 10 Lake District attractions for kids

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass

Steam train on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway


The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway - affectionately known locally as the La’al Ratty - is  a delight for kids both old and young. The miniature steam trains tootle along from the coast at Ravenglass to the heart of Eskdale. From here you can take walks to other local attractions, enjoy something to eat at the station cafe, or take advantage of the play area. This is an extremely popular attraction, so book ahead if you can!

Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum, Threlkeld

Red steam train taking guests to Threlkeld Quarry

Though it includes a small museum about the history of mining in the local area, Threlkeld Quarry’s star attraction is the steam train that takes you to the entrance of the former quarry. Once you alight after a short but exciting journey, you get right up close to gigantic mining machinery that once excavated the landscape surrounding you.

Walby Farm Park, Carlisle

Cows surrounding a tractor ride at Walby Farm Park

Image credit: Walby Farm Park

A short distance outside of the Lakes, Walby Farm Park is a working farm with sheep, horses, pigs, rabbits and many more of our favourite farm animals. Meet the animals for an interactive session, where you feed, hold, stroke and learn more about them. There are also excellent indoor and outdoor play areas and other activities to keep your family engaged.

Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite

Collection of meerkats sat on a rock

Kids will love the opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals at the Lake District Wildlife Park. Whether your children love snakes, zebras, meerkats or sheep, there’s something for every preference. A petting farm, talks, and zookeeper experiences give you even more opportunity to get to know a range of fascinating creatures.

The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windermere

Image credit: The World of Beatrix Potter

If you’ve ever read your children the stories of Beatrix Potter, then you simply have to visit the World of Beatrix Potter, where the characters come to life. Large-size models and automatons in their various homes bring Potter’s creations right off the page, and the neighbouring Old Laundry Theatre tells the tales via puppetry and theatre magic. Children will love meeting their favourite characters, discovering Peter Rabbit’s vegetable garden, and then selecting a souvenir from the well-stocked shop.

Lakes Aquarium, Windermere

Clownfish in an aquarium

Dive into the depths of Windermere lake - without getting wet, of course - at Lakes Aquarium. With its extensive collection of fish, mammals, crustaceans and amphibians, you and your family will learn about the life teeming around the Lake District’s lakes, as well as in waterways around the world. The otter talk and feed is a particular favourite.

Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Hawk experience at Muncaster Castle

With its gardens, multiple play areas, fascinating history and family-friendly events throughout the year, Muncaster Castle is one of the best attractions for children in the whole of the Lake District. Festivals celebrating Halloween, Christmas and Easter are buzzing with excitement, and other events allow children to have fun learning new skills, watching theatrical performances and dressing up. While exploring the grounds, look out for the Fairy Footpath and the Yeti Play Area, and don’t miss a display from the spectacular birds of prey.

Brockhole, Windermere

Treetop trail walkway at Brockhole

Known as the Lake District visitor centre, Brockhole is jam-packed with great activities for families. Explore the tree canopy at Treetop Nets, search for creepy crawlies in the grounds, and test adventure skills with archery and caving. There are simply too many exhibitions, activities and attractions to enjoy, but just make sure you plan to spend at least a full day here!

Wray Castle, Windermere

Exterior of Wray Castle

Wray Castle is an unusual-looking building on the shores of Windermere. The folly was built in the Victorian era and has passed life in many different forms. Now it’s a wonderful family-friendly attraction where children can run about to their heart’s content! Unlike other similar buildings, Wray is empty of all furniture, letting its impressive hallways and tall ceilings speak for themselves. Kids will love the opportunity to be a little bit wild in both the building and the surrounding grounds.

Ullswater ‘Steamers’, Ullswater

Steamer boat by the jetty on Ullswater

The heritage ‘Steamers’ that sail tranquilly across Ullswater lake are a favourite attraction amongst families. A chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery, see how many stunning landscape features you can spot. Take a cruise of the entire lake or stop off at one of several villages and piers around the lake. A sail on the Ullswater Steamers can also be combined with a walk along part of the Ullswater Way.

Top 10 historic attractions in the Lake District

Hardknott Roman Fort, Eskdale

Remain of Hardknott Roman Fort surrounded by Eskdale countryside

Hardknott Pass is famous for the intimidating road pass that tightly winds itself up a steep mountain. But head a little to the side of the road and you’ll find the impressive Hardknott Roman Fort. Part of a Roman road that travelled from Ravenglass on the coast to Ullswater and beyond, the impressive remains are still remarkably clear, even after nearly 2,000 years.

Lacy’s Caves and Long Meg Stone Circle, Penrith

The Long Meg Stone Circle near Penrith

The location of Lacy’s Caves and Long Meg Stone Circle make them a great pair of historic attractions to visit together. Lacy’s Caves are an unusual feature - five chambers carved into sandstone cliffs above the River Eden. Created by an eccentric Victorian colonel, no one really knows what their purpose was. The same colonel once tried to blow up the next attraction - Long Meg and her Sisters - just up the hill from the caves. This ancient stone circle is said to be the petrified remains of witches caught dancing on the Sabbath.

Hodge Close Quarry, Coniston

Cave at Hodge Close Quarry

The area around Coniston and Langdale used to be alive with industry, with quarries and mines dotting the landscape. Now an impressive addition to the natural features, Hodge Close Quarry is a deep excavation filled with water, once worked for its slate. You may have seen it in the Netflix series, The Witcher, where an unusual feature - the appearance of a giant skull reflected in the water - is highlighted.

Furness Abbey, Barrow-in-Furness

The remains of Furness Abbey

Though now only remains, Furness Abbey nonetheless cuts an impressive figure. The English Heritage attraction in the south of Cumbria still boasts many of its tall external walls. It is also the site, a few years ago, where a hoard of medieval treasure was discovered. Work is currently underway to restore the 500-year-old oak timber foundations that have started to deteriorate.

Brough Castle, Brough

Stream running in front of Brough Castle

Frequently targeted by raiding Scots, it’s no surprise that only ruins remain of Brough Castle. But it’s still well worth a visit and the elevated position commands wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. There’s also an interesting exhibition in nearby Brough Church, as well as a popular ice cream parlour opposite!

Ambleside Roman Fort, Ambleside

Stone markings of Ambleside Roman Fort

Part of the same route that Hardknott protects, Ambleside Roman Fort is thought to have been built in the 2nd century, though there is also evidence of an earlier fort beneath it. Though little is known about its history, there are some interesting theories outlined on information boards around the site.

Rydal Mount, Rydal

Couple of pathway leading up to Rydal Mount

The last of our Wordsworth-related properties on this list, Rydal Mount was the poet’s final home, and is still owned by his descendants. The house and gardens have been maintained much in the way that he would have designed and kept them himself, so offer a wonderful peek into the history of the life of the 19th-century celebrity.

Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle

Close up of Carlisle Cathedral

In Cumbria’s only city, Carlisle Cathedral is a working cathedral built in the beautiful red sandstone so common in this part of the country. Relatively modest as far as cathedrals go, it is nonetheless a lovely building, with soaring star-studded ceilings and regular services and concerts. Combine it with a trip to nearby Carlisle Castle and Tullie House Museum for a full cultural experience of the city.

Eskdale Mill, Eskdale

Wooden machinery as Eskdale Mill

Painstakingly restored just a few years ago, Eskdale Mill tells the story of this very rural region. The fully restored working water wheel and milling machinery are demonstrated by volunteer guides, and an interactive exhibition tells you all you could want to know about the building’s history. Round your visit off with a picnic in the wooded grounds or on the riverside lawn. Browse our Eskdale cottages.

Levens Hall and Gardens, Kendal

Formal gardens with Levens Hall in the background

Famous for its spectacular gardens, Levens Hall boasts the world’s oldest topiary garden as part of its 9,500-acre grounds. The estate provides many ingredients for the on-site cafe, as well as various outdoor spaces that include a wildflower meadow, rose gardens, and a willow labyrinth. The Elizabethan house is equally impressive: a family home, it’s warm and welcoming whilst also featuring a multitude of historic features.

Top 10 outdoor attractions in the Lake District

Cathedral Cave, Coniston

Looking out from the narrow entrance of Cathedral Cave

Part of the industrial changes that are now an important feature of the Coniston landscape, Cathedral Cave was part of a larger quarry. The impressive cavern is reached via long stone tunnels and is like something from another world. Once you’ve admired the 40-foot-high ‘cave’, go about exploring the surrounding tunnels - though you might need a torch!

Scale Force Waterfall, Buttermere

Single woodland drop at Scale Force Waterfall

Arguably the Lake District’s tallest waterfall, Scale Force can be found after a short walk along the shores of Crummock Water. Hidden in a deep gorge, you can hear the pounding water before you see it and it’s well worth a short detour of the main walking route around the lake.

Lake District Predator Experience, Grange-over-Sands

Pair of wolf-hybrids at the Predator Experience

Walk with the wolves at Predator Experience a unique and unusual attraction in the South Lakes. Not only will you join the pack, walking alongside wolf-hybrids, you’ll learn all about wolves, from their behaviours and habits to their evolution and history.

Keswick Launch, Keswick

Wooden boats lined up on the shores of Derwentwater

Beautiful Derwentwater is one of the most popular lakes in the national park, so it’s no surprise that the Keswick Launch - a cruise across the water - is in such demand. Sit back and relax as you take in the views of famous sights such as Skiddaw and Catbells, while the water rushes below you. Though we think it’s best experienced from the outside seating, there is also indoor seating for less clement weather!

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick

Castlerigg Stone Circle in Keswick

Stonehenge has nothing on Castlerigg Stone Circle! With 360-degree views of some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Lake District, Castlerigg is an ancient site full of atmosphere and drama. Visit in all seasons and weathers to see the ever-changing outlook, or join the solstice celebrations that still take place here year after year.

Alpacaly Ever After, Keswick

Mother and baby alpacas in a green field

Walk with the gentle alpacas at Alpacaly Ever After, and get to know the personalities of the characterful llamas. This social enterprise rescues alpacas and llamas from around the country, giving them a caring home and helping visitors get to know the fascinating creatures. Choose from multiple experiences in different locations across the North Lakes.

Lowther Castle, Penrith

Field of flowers with Lowther Castle in the background

The striking ruins of Lowther Castle will draw you in, even as you spot them from miles away across the Eden Valley. As you get closer, you’ll discover the extensive grounds behind the building that offer multiple gardens, woodland, summer houses, terraces and even an adventure playground for the kids. Though technically a ruin, and missing its roof, Lowther Castle still stands tall and its history is absolutely fascinating.

South Lakes Safari Zoo, Ulverston

Close up of a giraffe

More options for the animal lovers amongst you, the South Lake Safari Zoo is a great day out for the whole family. They have an impressive range of animals, including zoo favourites like giraffes and lions, as well as jaguars, capybara, kangaroos and many more. Experiences are also available, including Zookeeper for a Day and zoo parties.

Stanley Ghyll, Eskdale

Woodland setting of Stanley Ghyll waterfall

Pocketed away in a deep canyon in the woodlands of Eskdale, Stanley Ghyll is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the Lake District. Take a short walk to it, over stepping stones and under a cool canopy, from the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Then choose to view from below (watch your step, as it gets slippery), or above via a carefully installed viewing platform.

Claife Viewing Station, Windermere

Stained Glass picture window at Claife Viewing Station

When the Lake District first started seeing a boom in tourism, it was the Victorians that led the way. But rather than hiking, our Victorian ancestors were transported to specific viewpoints where they could admire the best outlooks. Claife Viewing Station was one such place, and it has been restored by the National Trust to give us a taste of early tourism. Enjoy the views over Windermere lake framed by colourful stained glass windows.

Top 10 cultural Lake District attractions

Holehird Gardens, Windermere

Colourful autumn trees at Holehird Gardens


A bit of a hidden gem, Holehird Gardens cover 10 acres of beautiful landscaping close to the shores of Windermere. The award winning site is packed to bursting with flowers, shrubs and trees from around the world. It holds a number of national plant collections, with interest throughout the seasons.

Steam Yacht Gondola, Coniston

Jetty at Coniston with Steam Yacht Gondola in the background

Although there are many lake cruises available in the Lake District, none offer quite the splendour of the Coniston Steam Yacht Gondola. The Victorian heritage vessel has been painstakingly restored and gently sails across the water powered by steam. The plush interiors were once only seen by the wealthy Victorian classes but are now open to anyone who wants to take a ride.

Honister Slate Mine, Borrowdale

Tunnel at Honiston Slate Mine

At Honsiter Slate Mine, culture and local history meets intrepid adventure. You can learn more about the history of this still-working mine, with an exciting tour that takes you deep into the caverns. Honister also offers exciting activities both inside and out: Climb the Mine and the Via Ferrata Extreme are two of the most popular. Scale the rocks either in a cave or on a mountain cliff, dangling far above the valley. It’s not for the faint hearted!

Derwent Pencil Museum, Keswick

A small and unusual museum, Derwent Pencil Museum tells the surprisingly interesting story of pencils and graphite. Learn about the world’s first pencil and the humble writing implement’s role in World War 2. There are arty activities for young children, and a good shop where you can pick up quality supplies.

Bridge House, Ambleside

The quirky Bridge House, which sits on a bridge in Ambleside

The quirky Bridge House is a popular feature in Ambleside. Sitting right above the river, the bridge-cum-house is now a National Trust shop but has formerly spent its life as a home and an apple store. It was originally built over the river to avoid land tax and is now one of the Lake District’s most photographed buildings!

Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead

There’s more in store for fans of Beatrix Potter and the Lake District. The county’s adopted daughter is honoured in this Hawkshead gallery, which is small but mighty, with lots of opportunity to get a close look at Potter’s artwork.  Follow her life from lonely London child to independent Lake District farmer. Please note that the gallery is closed in 2024. Artwork can be seen at nearby Hill Top.

Holker Hall and Gardens, Cartmel

Formal gardens with Holker Hall in the background

After a disastrous fire, Holker Hall was carefully rebuilt  in the 1800s using the most fashionable and highest quality materials. It’s a design that has remained until this day, with much of the artwork transferred from the family residence of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. The gardens, too, have been carefully curated, with 23 acres of formal and woodland gardens, plus beautiful meadowland. Events take place throughout the year including classical music festivals and a winter market.

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, Keswick

Green and white Welcome to Keswick sign

Enter Keswick Museum and you’re greeted  by the so-called ‘musical stones’, a xylophone-like instrument made of local slate - it’s been known to have been played by such prominent names of Handel, Mozart and Rossini! There are more absorbing pieces to discover at this little museum, which covers social history, fine art, natural history and literature.

Townend, Windermere

Close up of whitewashed exterior of Townend

Few open homes will offer as much character and charm as Townend. The former farmhouse is packed with quirky objects that tell of an ordinary farming life over 400 years. Here, you won’t find grand halls and expensive artwork, but will instead see a much more ‘normal’ way of life. The property is small but all the better for it.

Mirehouse and Gardens, Bassenthwaite

Exterior of Mirehouse, a country mansion near Bassenthwaite

A literary history awaits at Mirehouse, which has connections to the likes of Wordsworth, Tennyson and Southey. Only the ground floor is open to visitors, as the family lives upstairs throughout the year, giving the whole place a really welcoming, homely atmosphere. The country mansion is particularly good for children, who can enjoy the play areas in the grounds and child-appropriate historical information.

The best accommodation near Lake District attractions

Eleanor's Escape, stone cottage near Glenridding

Eleanor's Escape, Glenridding

With all this to do (and more!), you’d better get planning your visit! Pick a Lake District holiday cottage where you can be comfortable and close to all these fantastic attractions. And, for more ideas of things to do and see, take a look at our extensive catalogue of Lake District guides.

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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