Attractions and Places to Visit

As a tourist destination, the Lake District packs quite a punch – with such an amazing array of beautiful landscapes, and exciting visitor attractions to suit all tastes and ages.

England's largest National Park provides the perfect environment for a host of activities from rock climbing and parascending to more gentler activities such as a boat trip on lake Windermere, England’s longest lake. Boasting Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain, and Wastwater – England’s deepest lake 'The Lakes' offers some of the UK’s most stunning scenery, inspiring artists such as Turner and Ruskin to some of the country’s best loved writers, such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. With such a wealth of beauty, culture and hospitality it isn’t hard to see why the Lake District remains the perfect setting to explore and enjoy.

Visit Lancaster’s castle and museums to uncover the city’s ancient stories hidden in its walls and buildings, and find out more about the people who shaped its history. In Lancaster, stroll the meandering towpaths of the canal or along St George’s Quay, marvelling at the Georgian architecture which lines the banks of the River Lune. Explore the secret paths of Williamson Park and discover its hidden follies and stunning Edwardian designed butterfly house. Discover the open spaces and strong design of the two university campuses and find out how these seats of learning have influenced the city over the years.

Blackwell House

Blackwell House

Designed at the turn of the last century by the architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, this elegant house is one of England’s finest surviving examples of Arts and Crafts architecture.
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Brantwood

Brantwood

John Ruskin was one of the great polymaths of the Victorian age, dabbling in everything from philosophy and art criticism to the aesthetics of lace-making. He bought this house...
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Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage

This whitewashed cottage near Grasmere was William Wordsworth’s first home in the Lake District. He arrived in 1799, and remained here for the next nine years with his wife Dora...
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Hill Top

Hill Top

This farmhouse in Near Sawrey is where Beatrix Potter created some of her best-known stories. She bought the house in 1905 (funded largely by royalties from her first book...
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Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle

Owned by her Majesty the Queen as 'Duke of Lancaster' this fascinating Grade 1 listed building has dominated Lancaster for almost 1000 years and is one of the best preserved and...
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Lancaster Maritime Museum

Lancaster Maritime Museum

The Lancaster Maritime Museum is housed in the Port of Lancaster Custom House and warehouse buildings which date from the second half of the 18th century. The buildings along the...
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