Whether you are looking for family fun, a few days away from the hustle and bustle of the city or a romantic weekend, you will find plenty of places to visit in the Lake District.

The Lakes has plenty to offer visitors from different parts of the world. Breathtaking landscapes, picnic sites and other attractions await you in the Lake District.

Below are 10 of the best places to visit:

Hilltop, Beatrix Potter’s House

This is one of the best places to visit while in the Lake District. The 17th century farmhouse in Sawrey was owned by children’s author, Beatrix Potter who wrote most of her books here. The house has been well maintained by the National Trust and still looks the same as when she lived there.

Dove Cottage

Renowned poet, William Wordsworth used to live in this cottage from 1799 to 1808. It contains manuscripts and original furniture plus well-kept gardens and a museum. You can also visit Wordsworth’s grave nearby in St Oswald’s Church. Relax with tea and refreshments in the adjoining café.

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster is situated in Ravenglass. It covers an area of about 70 acres of landscaped gardens and is also home to an Owl Centre. Muncaster is allegedly haunted and ghost tours are available to brave souls who dare book a night time visit. A great family attraction during the day.

Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House

Blackwell, the arts and crafts house is one of England’s most famous houses. The stunning property contains many pieces of art that span centuries. Visitors can also enjoy the stunning gardens at Blackwell and the breath-taking scenery around Bowness.

Brockhole Visitor Centre

Brockhole is a perfect place for a family outing as it presents visitors with amazing experiences. Enjoy the gardens, rich with different fauna and flora or you spend your time at the beautifully created sports ground. A great place to bring the kids with plenty of things to see and do. If you are feeling adventurous, Go Ape offers zip lines and tree top walks across the park.

Windermere Lake Cruises

Take a cruise across Windermere and enjoy the priceless views of the fells, the mountains and the islands. The cruise is very comfortable and quiet. You get time to reflect of different views and relax while sailing across England’s largest lake. The Lakes Aquarium in Bowness is also worth visiting.

Romantic hotels in Windermere include hot tub suites, full spa facilities and beautiful location close to the lake.

Steam Railway at Ravenglass & Eskadale

Go for a train ride and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way; the Ravenglass to Dalegarth railway stretches about 7 miles and you can enjoy stunning scenery along the way.

The Lakes Aquarium

The Lakes Aquarium is located at Lake Windermere and includes a re-created journey below Windermere and a Seashore discovery zone. View a wide range of fish and amphibians local to the area and also explore the continents of Asia, Africa and the Tropical Rain Forest.

Honister Slate Mine

This is England’s last remaining working slate mine where visitors can enjoy a choice of attractions. Get to see how the mine operates and enjoy some great views from the cliff-edge.

South Lakes Animal Park

Get close up and personal with penguins and giraffes at this wildlife zoo. There are big cats too and a wide array of animals from different parts of the world.

If you are looking for a great base for exploring the Lake District, why not book a spa hotel in Windermere.

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