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What to see in The Lake District

The Lake District Attractions


The Lake District region is primarily adored for its scenic splendour and most visitors come keen to enjoy nature and outdoor activities. A holiday in the Lake District offers visitors a range of activities, from bird watching, lake cruises and gentle strolls, to mountain biking, water sports and hiking. The region is home to Scafell Pike, which at 3,209ft (978m) is England's highest peak.

There are also plenty of market towns, galleries and museums worth visiting in the Lake District, including Dove Cottage and Wordsworth House - both one-time homes of local poet William Wordsworth - and the charmingly preserved former home of Beatrix Potter. The region is still known to inspire many artists and those in search of a creative jolt will not struggle to find painting, photography and writing retreats on offer in the Lake District.

Those in search of ancient sites and castles will also be spoilt for choice. The mysterious ancient stone circle of Castlerigg is one of the region's most enthralling attractions, and as the Lake District was once a military outpost for the Romans the remains of many old forts can be explored. There are also an impressive number of Norman and medieval castles and although many of them are now ruins some visitors find this simply adds to the romance. For grand estates travellers should visit homes like Holker Estate and Wray Castle.


Castlerigg Stone Circle

One of Britain's most popular and most mysterious attractions, Castlerigg Stone Circle is a must-see for visitors to the Lake District. The Neolithic structure, which is comprised of 38 free-standing…

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Dove Cottage and the William Wordsworth Museum

Legendary English poet William Wordsworth lived in Dove Cottage from 1799 to 1813, after which time he moved down the road to the more upmarket Rydal Mount and Gardens. The Dove Cottage residence was…

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Grizedale Forest

There are some wonderful things to see and do in Grizedale Forest, located in the Lake District near the village of Hawkshead. Visitors can go hiking or ride mountain bikes along the beautiful sculpture…

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Hill Top

Hill Top is a working farm formerly owned by Beatrix Potter, the famous author of children's books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Story of Miss Moppet.…

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Holker Estate

Holker Estate, the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, is a wonderful attraction for visitors to the Lake District; in fact, it is known as one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain. The elegant…

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Windermere

One of the prettiest lakes in Cumbria, Windermere has gathered around it a number of bustling communities offering a lot of fun things to see and do, and has become a very popular tourist destination…

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