The Lake District is home to some of England’s most famous attractions.
Majestic castles, historic houses and fascinating museums provide fun and entertainment for all age groups.
Ten of the best Lake District attractions include:
1.Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens
Mirehouse is one of the most historic and interesting houses in the Lake District, and it offers plenty of things to see and do for all the family. Child-friendly attractions include a heather maze to get lost in, a poetry walk and plenty of quizzes and entertainment to keep the younger ones happy. If you want some light refreshments, try out the tearoom with its typical Cumbrian specialities.
Muncaster Castle has been home to the Pennington family for over 800 years, and also boasts some of the most beautiful flower displays in the region. If you enjoy flowers and gardens, or if you want to explore the ´haunted castle´, Muncaster is a must-see attraction. A world owl centre houses 40 species, and there are plenty of attractions for the younger ones.
3. Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry
The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry offers an insight into the early lives of Lake District residents, and shows how the mining industry and tourism affected the lives of the locals throughout the centuries. This museum provides plenty of entertainment for all ages, and if you are interested in the local history and culture of the Lake District, you will love this museum.
4.Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Steam railway enthusiasts should take a trip to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, and enjoy some of the most stunning scenery in the lakes. The journey will take you on board a Heritage steam train across open countryside to the foot of some of the highest local mountains.
5. RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve
The RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve is popular with locals and tourists alike, and you can learn more about local wildlife and bird species from informative staff. Watch the birds from specially-camouflaged hides, and enjoy refreshments at the tea room. A gift shop is also situated within the visitor centre.
6. Silverband Falconry
The Silverband Falconry is run by expert falconers, this attraction offers visitors the chance to handle the falcons and wildlife. Handlers explain how the birds eat, live and hunt, and the trip is a must for wildlife enthusiasts.
7. The Lakes Aquarium
Explore the Lakes of the world at the award winning Lakes Aquarium at Newby Bridge. Trek through the rain forests of South America and see the diving ducks, seahorses and rays of the Lake District. Enjoy a spectacular interactive adventure with virtual crocodiles, and a charging hippo. Also featuring the world´s first Virtual Dive Bell, this is one of the most popular attractions in the Lake District.
8. The World of Beatrix Potter
Famous for housing the Beatrix Potter characters of Jemima Puddleduck, Peter Rabbit and many more, the World of Beatrix Potter is popular with families. Easy to reach by ferry, you can combine a boat trip with a visit to the attraction.
9. Trotters World of Animals
Trotters World of Animals is home to over 100 species of animals, Trotters is great for all the family, and small children are well catered for.
10. Trout Fishing at Hawkshead
Esthwaite is the largest stocked lake in north-west England, and offers excellent trout fishing at Hawkshead in one of the Lake District´s most scenic spots. Tuition is available, and you can hire rods and equipment from an on-site tackle shop.
Whatever you decide to do in the Lake District, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to museums, adventure playgrounds, cinemas, lake trips, water sports, restaurants, bars and cafés. Excellent transport links make it easy to travel around Windermere, Ambleside, Keswick, Coniston and every other major town in the Lake District with or without a car.