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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. It's no surprise the Lakes are constantly trending online, as one of the UK's most popular visitor destinations.

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
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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!

Children visiting The World of Beatrix Potter

Amazing Attractions

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.

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Adventure Smart

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 to find the answers you need to be kitted up and in the know to be safe.

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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.

What’s on in the Lake District

There are a number of events that occur every year in The Lake District. Here are some of our top picks for what’s on in the Lake District annually:

  • February - Keswick Film Festival: Celebrating local filmmakers this annual festival began in 2000. Starting at the end of February to early March, there’s a range of short and full feature films to enjoy, but you'll need to book tickets in advance.
  • April - Dalemain Marmalade Festival: Every April, this festival is perfect for lovers of marmalade and you can even enter the competition yourself if you’re a marmalade connoisseur!
  • May - Keswick Mountain Festival: From sports to live music, every May you can get involved in the Keswick Mountain Festival and join in activities from guided walks and triathlons to kayaking.
  • May-August - Cartmel Races: A staple day-out in Cartmel, you can watch horse racing and enjoy live entertainment. Perfect for families you can also bring your own BBQ, food and drink if you prefer!
  • June - Great North Swim: Adventure lovers can participate in the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere, with various options for different ages and abilities. A family day out at the annual Lakes Classic Vehicle Show in Grasmere is also a must for car enthusiasts, explore a range of classic cars, play games and enjoy entertainment.
  • July - Ambleside Sports: From hound racing to children’s races, there’s something for everyone at the annual Ambleside Sports Day.
  • August - Cartmel Show: This agricultural show makes for a great family day, from seeing various farm animals to the impressive food hall.
  • October - Lakes International Comic Art Festival: Lovers of comedy should add this comic festival in Bowness-on-Windermere to their itinerary if visiting the Lake District in September.

The Lake District has plenty to see and do all year round, making this the perfect destination for a UK holiday.

Trees overlooking a lake in the Lake District

Idyllic Lakes

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.

People hiking on the mountains in the Lake District

Stunning Scenery

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.

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