10 English Heritage Sites in the Lake District

Given millions of visitors descend on this picturesque area of rural England every year, it goes without saying there are plenty of things to do in the Lake District. Boating tours across the vast bodies of water, bus tours and coach trips, walking and cycling trails through the countryside as well as a several historical places of interest.

Below are 10 English Heritage Sites in the Lake District not to be missed.

Lake District National Park

he whole of the stunning Lake District National Park is recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Putting it into context, that’s a piece of rural England in the same list as Ancient Rome, the canals of Venice and the Taj Mahal.


Another link to ancient Rome is the bath house near the fort in Ambleside. From here you can venture across the lakes with ferries to Bowness and Lakeside.

Pike Hill Signal Tower

Organise a walking tour or follow a hiking trail up Scafell Pike, along the way you will find Pike Hill Signal Tower. It pre-dates the famous Hadrian’s Wall, which later joined the tower making it an intriguing find for historians.

Carlisle Castle

Easy to reach when on a river cruise through the Lake District via Windermere or Coniston Water. So if you’re on a family holiday or in a large group, look for the best deals and combination tickets that include a stop off at Carlisle Castle.

Penrith Castle

The ruins of Penrith Castle can be dated back to 1399. Although on the outskirts of the Lake District National Park, it can be easily reached by public transport or cycling routes through Whinfell Forest.

Lanercost Priory Church

If you’re just interested in history, religion or going away on a tour of English Heritage Sites in the Lake District, then visit Brampton and the Lanercrost Priory. The rest of the grounds are in ruins, however a self-guided audio tour of the grounds is available from the ticket office.

Castlerigg Stone Circle

In line with other pre-historic monuments such as the famous Stonehenge, the Castlerigg Stone Circle also attracts thousands of tourists each year. Set against a backdrop overlooking Skiddaw, Blencathra and Lonscale Fell, it’s a wonderful setting for photography tours and art lessons.

King Arthur’s Round Table

Another ancient site is that just south of Penrith. Great location for outdoor adventures but respect the myths and legends that surround you. If you’re on a walking tour from Ullswater or Windermere, be sure to mark it on your map.

Bow Bridge

This stone bridge has linked hiking trails either side of the lake since 1123, back when it was first erected thanks to the King of England.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

When looking for things to do in Windermere, stop off at Stott Park Bobbin Mill for a short guided tour. Furthermore, you may get the chance to take part in a hands on craft workshop and learn the skills yourself. Windermere Boutique Cottage