Must-visit attractions in the Lake District

If you are looking for something special to do during your visit to the Lakes, why not book into a romantic spa cottage in Bowness, and explore.

Some of the best things to do in the Lake District include:

Hill Top – the former home of Beatrix Potter

Famous childrens´ author, Beatrix Potter left her home to the Lake District National Park when she died in 1943, on the condition that it remained the same and that the public were allowed to visit the house. This 17th Century farmhouse transports visitors back in time to the days when Beatrix Potter found inspiration from local animals to write her books, including the Tale of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway

This amazing scenic railway transports visitors from Ravenglass to Boot Station at Dalegarth, which is a great region to explore on foot, at the bottom of the Scafell Range. Stunning scenery around both stations make this the ideal trip for visitors who want to enjoy the fells, the mountains and the local countryside.

Dove Cottage, former home of William Wordsworth

For fans of William Wordsworth, his former home, Dove Cottage in Grasmere is well worth a visit. The famous poet/author was inspired to write many of his most well known poems while living at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount (which is also open to the public). Wordsworth lived in the Lake District from 1799 to 1808, and the museum is home to one of the best collections of items related to the Romantic Poets of the time. Visitors can also visit Wordsworth´s grave in the village at St Oswald´s Church.

Windermere Lake Cruises

You can enjoy stunning views of Windermere and the surrounding countryside from a Windermere steamer. Breathtaking scenery and lakeside attractions, including the Lakes Aquarium can be reached by steamer. In summer, visitors can also book sunset cruises and dinner cruises, with guides.

Muncaster Castle

This historic castle appeared in TV programme, The Lakes, and offers visitors 70 acres of landscaped gardens, including a maze and the World Owl Centre. If you dare, book a ghost sitting trip in what is supposedly one of the most haunted places in England.

Blackwell, the arts and crafts house

Blackwell is an internationally famous house, and boasts period rooms and stunning features including arts and crafts furniture. Visitors can look around the whole property and also make the most of the stunning local scenery at Bowness. There is also a tea room, a gift and crafts shop and frequently changing exhibitions held in the house.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre

Brockhole is the perfect attraction for a full day out in the Lakes. Beautiful gardens and an adventure playground, plus plenty of things to do on the lake, including rowing boats, kayaks and a mini golf course, keep this attraction top of most peoples´ list when choosing where to go in the Lake District. A great day out for all the family.

The Award-winning Lakes Aquarium

The Lakes Aquarium is situated on the shores of Windermere, and allows visitors to explore underwater worlds from Morecambe Bay to Asia. Visitors can come face to face with amphibians and reptiles in the Tropical Rainforest, and touch the ray fish. Educational and fun, you can embark on a journey from beneath Windermere – very highly recommended.

Honister Slate Mine & The 'Via Ferrata'

Honister is England´s last working slate mine and the ´Via Ferrata´ is an ancient cliffe edge footpath on Fleetwith Pike, formerly used by the miners. The path is safe, but the more adventurous visitors can try the Via Ferrata Xtreme which includes edge exposure, vertical climbs, cliff edge ladders plus a Burma Bridge and Cargo Net crossing.

Why not treat someone special to a romantic break in the Lakes and book into a Windermere cottage with hot tub?