The Lake District Visitors Guide

Buttermere Warnscale Bottom from Green Crag

Buttermere & Warnscale Bottom from Green Crag

The Lake District is located in the North Western region of England and is a popular tourist destination given the astounding beauty of its lakes, fells, and forests.

William Wordsworth, the famous poet who was also a resident of the area, stated that the Lake District is a “sort of national property in which every man has a right and interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy".

For those wanting to visit and enjoy all that the Lake District has to offer, provides a useful guide to the towns and lakes, as well as annual events throughout the year and popular tourist attractions.

Towns in the Lake District

With a multitude of towns and villages throughout Cumbria, we've broken it down to highlight some of the more popularly visited places in the Lake District, brimming with great attractions, beautiful lakes, and quaint town centres. Divided by area, we describe our top 12 towns in the Lake District with a bit about their history, the shopping, the key attractions, and how to get there.

Accommodation in the Lake District

In our accommodation section, we’ve hand-picked our favourite hotels with the option to search by ones that are dog friendly, hotels with hot tubs, spa hotels that offer treatment services, and hotels with swimming pools. You can also search by area with the top three Lake District destinations listed here below.


Home to many waters, meres, tarns, and lakes, we detail the 16 main bodies of water throughout the Lake District, including the famous Windermere. These make for a great day out and provide an idyllic scene for a family picnic. We include information about where to park, nearby facilities, and walking trails around each body of water.

Things to Do in the Lake District

With 16 million tourists a year, it's clear that there is plenty to do in the Lake District, including an array of outdoor fell walks that range in diffculty. There are also plenty of attractions, such as museums, breweries, historic stately homes, boat & train rides, and castles just to name some. In addition, the Lake District is home to plenty of annual events, which include agricultual shows, beer festivals, music festivals, and much more.

Annual Events in the Lake District

There are events taking place in the Lake District year-round, including beer festivals, food festivals, music festival, agricultural shows, as well as seasonal events. If you’re planning a trip to the Lake District, be sure to have a look to see if anything coincides with your visit.

Useful Information

In this section, we cover useful information, such as how to get to the Lake District and the practicalities of having a car versus taking public transport. We also provide a general weather guide for those of you trying to decide the best time of the year to visit the Lake District. In addition, we give an ever-so-brief, but useful history of the area, as well as highlight some of the wildlife you might find along your walks.