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Top 10 places to visit in the Lake District

Top Places to Visit in the Lake District


Have you planned your trip to the Lake District? We’ve put together some great ideas for places to go while you’re in this beautiful part of the country.

Honister Slate Mine

Extreme sports and inner discoveries are all possible at this slate mine. Go on a mine tour, try the Via Ferrata (Iron Way) experience and see if you have the nerve to head out onto the Infiniti Bridge, suspended 1,200 feet above the valley!

Muncaster Castle

Situated in Ravenglass, the castle is surrounding by spectacular grounds that change with every season. Watch out for the Georgian Terrace and compare it to the wilds of the Sino Himalayan Gardens, also on-site.

Lake Ullswater

Tranquil and beautiful no matter which part of the lake you visit, the best way to see it all is to hop on board an Ullswater Steamer. It’s easy to catch a steamer part or all the way along the lake, and to walk back on a lakeside path for the ultimate in great days out in the Lakes.

The Lakes Aquarium

Right by Lake Windermere, this aquarium makes a great day out for the whole family. Areas include a tropical rainforest, Morecambe Bay, the Leven Estuary and even a virtual dive bell!

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Seven miles of track and the thrill of climbing aboard a train pulled by a steam engine – that’s the experience offered on this railway. You can also visit the Ravenglass Railway Museum to find out more about the railway and its connections with the local area.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre

What better place to go when you arrive than Brockhole? There’s more here than you might imagine too, with an adventure playground, mini golf and numerous trails to follow as well.

Ambleside

Possibly one of the nicest towns in the Lakes. Watch out for the famous Bridge House, dating from the 17th century and owned by the National Trust. A waterfall, Stock Ghyll Force, is nearby and there is a viewing point you can see it from.

Hill Top

If you have a passion for Beatrix Potter stories, make sure you visit the National Trust property Hill Top, which was her home until she died in the 1940s. Everything has been frozen in time since then.

Wordsworth House and Garden

William Wordsworth was inspired by the surroundings here. You may be inspired too as you see more of Wordsworth House. There is an eight-mile walk that starts from the house and takes in much of the appealing surrounding countryside as well.

Lake Windermere

One of the most famous lakes in the area, Lake Windermere offers many opportunities to hop on a boat to take a journey across or around part of the lake. There are many villages nearby that are worth a look too, including Bowness-on-Windermere.

Wherever you stay in the Lake District, and whatever you want to do while you are there, use our list of suggestions as a starting point. Where will you go next?
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