The Lake District's Top Sights
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and England's largest national park, Lake District holidays offer the chance to experience one of the nation's most precious and visually stunning landscapes. With its cloud-capped fells, wooded valleys, lush meadows and shining lakes, the region inspires visitors with its beauty.
Naturally, it offers heaps of outdoor adventures too! Whether you love to cycle, climb, hike, sail or canoe, a holiday in the Lake District promises you endless opportunities to indulge in your passion. And that's only the beginning!
Lakeland is renowned for its top-quality dining, great shopping, varied attractions and museums - some of which celebrate literary icons like William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.
Reasons to visit the Lake District
Conquer Scafell Pike or a fell that suits you
Enjoy the serenity of Windermere, Coniston and beyond
Discover quaint tea shops and tasty Kendal mint cake
Three holiday parks in the heart of the Lake District
The Lakes is the ultimate outdoor playground for family fun
History & Culture
The poetic inspiration felt by Romantic poets such as William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge continues to reverberate through the ages - and your Lake District holidays aren’t complete without visiting Dove Cottage in Grasmere, where Wordsworth lived during his most fruitful creative period.
For a more industrious slice of Lakeland history, the Honister Slate Mine at Keswick offers tours of the historic mining facilities, as well as a thrilling via ferrata experience!
The World of Beatrix Potter is a delightful day out for all those who grew up reading about the adventures of Peter Rabbit and friends - and maybe little ones who are yet to be acquainted. Exhibitions include Jemima Puddle-Duck’s woodland glade and, of course, Peter Rabbit’s garden, as well as live stage shows at the on-site theatre.
Are you planning on walking in the Lake District or spending time in or on the water? Stay safe and make your good day better by being AdventureSmart and ask yourself these 3 questions before setting off.
1. Am I confident I have the knowledge and skills for the day?
2. Do I know what the weather will be like?
3. Do I have the right gear?
Go to AdventureSmart.uk to find the answers you need to be kitted up and in the know to be safe.
The Lake District's Historic and Cultural Attractions
Theme Parks and Entertainment in the Lake District
Outdoors & Adventure
The Lake District is among the best destinations for outdoorsy fun in Europe, let alone the UK. With a variety of water sports on offer at places like the Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre, you can enjoy everything from canoeing and sailing to flyboarding - in which jet nozzles spray water from your feet, launching you into the air!
If you prefer to hit the heights with your feet firmly on the ground, then consult WalkLakes for some jaw-dropping Lake District hike inspiration.
Outdoors, Animals & Wildlife in the Lake District
Shopping in the Lake District
At 11 miles long, Windermere is the largest lake in England, and there’s plenty to do along the shores of this icon of British tourism.
The characterful towns of Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside are essential visits on your Windermere holidays, with the former offering a steam yacht gondola experience that made it onto our list of the best of the Lake District. Neighbouring lakes such as Ullswater and Coniston are well worth the trip, as they offer a chilled out alternative to the bustle of Windermere.
Local Towns & Tours in the Lake District
The best way to experience the Lake District is from the top of a fell or mountain, with stunning vistas that take in green valleys, craggy peaks and can stretch as far as the Isle of Man on a clear day.
If you’re losing yourself in the pines of Grizedale Forest or conquering the crags of Helvellyn, the scenery is all around you at all times in the Lake District.