Lake District Attractions
Places to Visit in the Lake District

Lake District Attractions - Places to visit in the Lake District

Lake District Attractions

Abbot Hall Park - Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria
Abbot Hall Park is situated in Kirkland at the southern end of the market town of Kendal. It is located between Abbot Hall Art Gallery, the River Kent and Kendal Parish Church. The grounds are a great place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the town. The park is also home to the annual Kirland Festival every summer which plays host to a Kendal Torchlight workshop, various market stalls, live music and more. See

Aquarium of the Lakes
Visit Britain's award winning freshwater aquarium. Over 30 wonderful displays featuring the UK's largest collection of freshwater fish as well as mischievous otters and diving ducks. Walk on Windermere's re-created lake-bed in the Lake District's only underwater tunnel. Open All Year. See

One of the best kept secrets in Britain. Barrow is a Victorian town with a proud heritage of innovation, surrounded by beautiful beaches, wonderful coastal walks and inspiring scenery. It is a destination of surprises offering excellent shopping and leisure facilities. See or contact Barrow TIC for more information about the town. Tel:(01229) 894784

Barrow Indoor Market
Barrow Indoor Market has over 80 stalls offering fresh and cooked meats. Fish, flowers, jewellery, cheese, preserves, bakery, clothing, shoes, lighting, domestic, appliances, models, books, lingerie, fancy goods, toys, chinaware, haberdashery, household linen and cleaning products, rugs and carpets, fabrics, greengrocery, grocery, sweets, curtains, cards, bags, petfoods, cosmetics, computers, CD’s, eggs, hosiery, footwear and two cafes.Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Tel: 01229 821250 See also

Barrow Superbowl
Enjoy the fun and excitement of Tenpin bowling at Barrow Superbowl whatever your age or ability. We have 24 air-conditioned lanes with user friendly computerised scoring facilities. When hunger strikes, there is diner and high-class bar on site. Open all year, 7 days a week. See Tel: (01229) 820444, Hollywood Park, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1YE

Beatrix Potter Gallery - Hawkshead
This gallery has a display of original watercolours painted by Beatrix Potter for her children’s stories. Exhibits are changed annually. The 17th Century building was once the office of her husband William Heelis, a solicitor, and is substantially unaltered since his day. It is next door to the inspiration for Tabitha Twitchet’s shop. Tel: 015394 36355

Brantwood - Coniston, Cumbria
Brantwood was the home of John Ruskin from 1872 until his death in 1900 and is regarded as one of the most beautifully situated houses in the Lake District. It enjoys the finest views over Coniston Lake and mountain views in England and there is no other house in the district with such a diversity of cultural associations. Brantwood became an intellectual powerhouse and one of the greatest literary and artistic centres in Europe. Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, Marcel Proust and Frank Lloyd Wright can all be numbered amongst Ruskin’s disciples. Tel: 015394 41396 See

Bridge House - Ambleside
Bridge House was built in the 16th Century in what was then an apple orchard, and constructed originally as a summer house and apple store for the now demolished Ambleside Hall. Later it was used as a cottage, a weaver’s and a gift shop. A family with six children is believed to have lived there at one time. In 1956 it was opened as an information centre for the National Trust, which it remains to this day. To visit, park at the car park next to the fire station on Rydal Road, and walk towards Ambleside town centre when you will find Bridge House on your right hand side.

Brockhole - Windermere, Cumbria
Brockhole is an Edwardian house beautifully situated on the shores of Windermere; enjoy extensive landscaped gardens, lake cruises, adventure playground, guided walks and activities. There are two floors of exciting interactive exhibitions; introducing the National Park, the story of how the National Park evolved; the people who have shaped the landscape and the special qualities which make the Lake District landscape such an important part of our national heritage. There is also a gift shop, information centre, film theatre and café with terrace seating. Tel: 015394 46601 See

Cartmel Priory & Village
The beautiful priory church of St Mary and St Michael stands majestically over the most enchanting of Lakeland villages, with its delightful range of genuine old world buildings. The famous Cartmel racecourse is near the centre of the village. Priory open every day except during services, guided tours available on Wednesdays in Summer. See Tel: (015395) 34026 Grange TIC

Castlerigg Stone Circle
Castlerigg Stone Circle, on the outskirts of Keswick, is very easily accessible. For this reason, and also due to its stunning beauty, it’s also the most visited stone circle in Cumbria. Castlerigg is one of the first stone circles to have been built in Britain, dating from around 3000 BC. Various theories have been put forward as to the circle’s purpose, ranging from a burial site to an astronomical observatory. What is for certain is that, despite its popularity, this is a remarkable place of peace and tranquillity.

Colony Country Store
Nestled in the rolling hills of the Furness Peninsula, Colony Gift Corporation is home to the UK’s largest candle producer. On site Country Store is a true haven for shopaholics everywhere, offering you the chance to buy many different home accessory products. A NEW INTERACTIVE DISPLAY AREA covering the history of the local area and candle production was opened in August 2003. Excellent Café on site. Open All Year.. Open all year. See Tel: (01229) 461102, Colony Gift Corporation, Lindal-in-Furness, Ulverston LA12 0LD

Conishead Priory
A splendid Victorian Gothic mansion, now a centre for Buddhism. Visitors can take a tour of the impressive new temple and the mansion itself or take a stroll though the shady woodlands to Morecambe Bay. See / Tel: (01229) 584029, Priory Road, Ulverston LA12 9QQ

Coronation Hall
The Coronation Hall is one of the principal buildings of Ulverston and offers an excellent entertainment programme, including performances by highly acclaimed touring companies in the fields of music, theatre, ballet and opera. Contact the Box Office for details about performances. See Tel: (01229) 587140, County Square, Ulverston, Cumbria

Cumberland Pencil Museum
Cumberland Pencil Museum, and Cumberland pencils themselves, are famous the world over, and were used to draw the animation ’The Snowman’. Inside the museum you will find out how pencils are made, the history of pencil making, and how pencils have influenced the landscape around Keswick. Cumberland Pencils hold the world record for the longest pencil in the world, in view in the visitor centre. The museum has facilities for families and wheelchair users. Tel: 017687 73626 See

Come and visit the ancient capital of Furness and experience it’s extensive historical background. The 14th century castle (Open Saturdays Easter – September) built by the monks of Furness Abbey stands on the traditional market place in the shadow of the parish church of St Mary, one of the oldest parishes in the area. Visit Dalton Leisure Centre with family pool, gyms, sauna, squash courts and coffee bar. Dalton is the home of the areas largest tourist attraction – South Lakes Wild Animal Park. See Tel: 01229 464000 Fax: 01229 464000

Dock Museum - Barrow-in-Furness
Explore the fascinating history of Barrow-in-Furness in this spectacular modern museum built over an original Victorian graving dock. The galleries and dockside site include an excellent film show, special exhibitions gallery, coastal walkways and adventure playground. See Tel: (01229) 894444, North Road, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2PW

Dove Cottage - Grasmere
The Wordsworth Trust was founded in 1891, to secure Dove Cottage ’for eternal possessions of all those who loved English poetry all over the world’. Today, visitors experience the tranquillity of a site of outstanding beauty in the heart of the Lake District. As well as Dove Cottage - home to Wordsworth when he wrote his greatest poetry - the Wordsworth Museum tells the fascinating story of the poet and his circle, their life and their work. Tel: 015394 35544 See

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