To avoid the crowds in the Lake District, visit during spring or autumn, before or after the long summer school holidays.
A haven for walkers, hikers and lovers of the great outdoors, the Lake District offers a wide choice of natural attractions, which are best enjoyed out of the main season.
The Lake District is one of the most relaxing places in England and whether you are planning to stroll on the fells, relax at a Windermere spa hotel or embark on a tour of the local stately homes, you will find plenty of places to keep you entertained.
Few things are more enjoyable than a long walk on the fells, fuelled by Kendal mint cake, followed by a pint of real ale in a country pub with roaring fire, or a soak in a hot tub suite in one of Windermere’s spa hotels.
Dramatic scenery, glistening lakes and award-winning attractions see over 16 million visitors come to the Lake District each year.
Stay as much off the beaten track as you can if you want to really explore the hidden gems of the Lakes. Windermere is a great place to lose yourself out of season, and a lakes cruise followed by a walk around the shore come highly recommended.
Nearly every valley in the Lake District has a micro-climate, and contrary to rumour, the sun often shines (although it may not be the Mediterranean variety). Late spring and early autumn can be much warmer than legend has it and if you are feeling adventurous, why not enjoy a dip in Windermere?
The good thing about the Lake District is that you will always find plenty of things to see and do, whatever the weather throws at you. Head to Abbot Hall art gallery in Kendal. This grand Georgian building houses a very good collection of paintings by George Romney, who was a local, and consistently impressive exhibitions.
The Armitt Museum, Ambleside is a unique Library and museum with the emphasis on fun and entertainment. A superb collection of books and manuscripts and objects relating to the Lake District.
The Honister Slate Mines are the last working slate mines in the Lake District and a fully guided tour underground is available throughout the day. Also information about the history and features of this spectacular mine.
The award-winning Rheged Centre was named after Cumbria´s Celtic Kingdom and its attractions include a cinema screen the size of 6 double decker buses. This excellent venue gets very busy when the weather is poor so get there early if you can.
The Puzzling Place was opened in 2001 in Museum Square, Keswick and incorporates a gallery style exhibition which is different to anything experienced in the area before, combining fun, surprise and education. Lots of interactive exhibitions.
Whatever time of year you visit the Lake District, you are sure to find a wide choice of things to do. Almost all attractions are open year round so you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Lakes without the crowds!