The attractions in this section are split into various categories, including: Museums & Galleries, Wildlife Centres, Castles & Churches, Breweries & Distilleries, Historic Homes & Gardens, Theatres, Forests, Boat & Train Rides, and Activity Centres. So, whether you're coming to the Lake District explore the great outdoors and/or want to take in some of the great history, there is no shortage things to do in the Lake District.

Beatrix Potter Gallery

Museums & Galleries

Whether you’re keen to learn about some of the Lake District’s famous residents, such as Beatrix Potter or William Wordsworth, or you simply just want to learn more about the area, there are a good array of museums in the area to suit all interests and ages. There are also some spectacular galleries, featuring works by John Ruskin, and other artists from in and around the Lake District.


Wildlife Centres

In addition to all of the wildlife you’ll spot by simply being in the Lake District, there are also plenty of places dedicated to wildlife and animal education. From farm parks to aquariums to zoos and wildlife parks, the Lake District is a great place for those that love animals and want to learn more about them.

Sizergh Castle

Castles & Churches

For the history buff in your family, be sure to check out some of the impressive castles, churches, ruins, abbeys, and priories throughout the Lake District. The historical attractions make the ideal day out, as many hold tours throughout the day, have secret passages to explore, and provide the idyllic setting for a relaxing picnic.

A selection of craft beer

Breweries & Distilleries

After an all-day fell walk, the perfect way to wind down is to check out one of the Lake District’s many craft breweries. What better way to support the local community than by sampling some delicious, freshly made brews? The area is also home to an impressive new distillery where you can learn how whisky, gin, and vodka are made, whilst dining at a Michelin Guide-recommended bistro.

Dalemain House and Gardens

Historic Homes & Gardens

In this section, we look at properties, such as Wordsworth’s former homes, beautifully maintained National Trust properties, and stately homes and gardens open for the public to explore and enjoy. Tours are widely available for most of these attractions with opportunities to enjoy a leisurely picnic on the grounds or enjoy a traditional high tea in one of the many tearooms.

Red theatre seats


For those with an interest in the performing arts, such as dance, theatre, comedy, and live music, venues such as the Theatre by the Lake, put on regular performances with picturesque views of Derwent Water. They also host a series of events, including a film festival, a beer festival, and many others to suit a range of interests.

Whinlatter Forest Park


Forest parks are great places to enjoy the natural beauty of the Lake District with opportunities abound to spot wildlife and do some bird watching. There are also plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family, such as mountain biking, ropes courses, walking trails, and safe play areas for children.

Windermere Lake Cruises

Boat & Train Rides

If you’re visiting the Lake District for the first time, a ferry ride across the famous lake, Windermere, and a train ride on the historic Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is a must. Other, equally stunning boat cruises include those on Ullswater, Derwent Water, and Coniston with yet an another notable historic train journey along the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

Woman rock climbing

Activity Centres

Activity centres provide a great option for the whole family should you need sheltering on a cold, blustery day. With indoor climbing walls, crafts for children, a 3D cinema, and much more, there is plenty to do on the occasional, yet entirely unavoidable, rainy day in the Lake District. Activity centres also provide an array of outdoor activities, such as horse riding, archery, tree-tops ropes challenges, quad biking, and more.