Lake District attractions

The Lake District has plenty of attractions for the visitor to see, each with their very own unique character.

Aira Force which is a spectacular waterfall owned and maintained by the National Trust, lies close to the A592 on the northern side of Ullswater.

Ambleside Bridge House dates from the 17th century, is so named as it was built over Stock Beck in the village of Ambleside.

Bowness Bay which is in Bowness on Windermere, is where you will find Bowness Pier, The Glebe, Cockshott Point and Windermere car ferry.

Brantwood a country house in the Lakes that overlooks Coniston Water towards Coniston village and the Old Man of Coniston, was the home of the well known John Ruskin.

Brougham Hall, which is situated in the village of Brougham and approximately one mile south of Penrith.

Cartmel Priory in the village of Cartmel near Grange over Sands and about five miles south of the foot of Lake Windermere.

Crosscanonby Salt Pans built in approximately 1650 by the Senhouses of Netherhall, is the remains of one of the new generation of salt works.

The Cumberland Pencil Company which is situated in Keswick, became the UK’s first pencil factory in 1832.

Dove Cottage which is in Grasmere in the Lake District, is thought to have been constructed during the early 17th century.

Egremont Castle which was built by William de Meschines around 1130 – 1140, is situated in the town of Egremont.

Eskdale Mill situated in Boot in the Eskdale Valley, is one of the oldest water powered corn mills in England as well as the last remaining working mill in the Lake District.

Gleaston Water Mill, situated just north of the village of Gleaston near Ulverston in The Lake District, a working water corn mill which has been part of the local tradition for over 400 years.

Grasmere Gingerbread made here in Grasmere since 1854, known worldwide and a must buy while visiting the Lake District.

Galava the Ambleside Roman Fort as it is known locally, built around 79 AD. These ruins are situated in Borrans Park on the northern edge of Lake Windermere.

Graythwaite Hall, which is home to the Sandys family, is situated on the west side of Lake Windermere halfway between Newby Bridge and Hawkshead in the Lake District.

The Haverthwaite Steam Railway which was originally built in 1846, was part of the Furness Railway line.

Hill Top farmhouse has become extremely popular since it was recreated for the film Miss Potter.

Holker Hall only a short distance from Grange over Sands, is the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish who welcome visitors of all ages to their beautiful stately home.

Kendal Castle, which was built in the late 12th century, is located on a hill east of the town of Kendal in The Lakes.

The Lake District Coast Aquarium, which is located on the quayside at the refurbished Maryport harbour in Cumbria.

Levens Hall, approximately six miles south of Kendal, a beautiful Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th century pele tower.

Milefortlet 21 the only portion of Hadrian’s coastal defences of the north west frontier to have been completely excavated.

St Oswalds Church in Grasmere, the parish church of Grasmere, Rydal and the Langdale Valley, William Wordsworth, together with his wife, children and other members of the family are buried in this churchyard.

The Lakeland Motor Museum which is in Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange over Sands, started in 1977/78.

The Lakes Aquarium which is located at the southern end of Lake Windermere in Lakeside, is Britain’s award winning freshwater aquarium.

The Laurel and Hardy Museum which is in Ulverston, started as the late Bill Cubin’s (who was once Mayor of Ulverston) private collection.

The Maryport Maritime Museum which is in Maryport near the harbour, was set up in 1974.

Millom Castle located on the south side of the A5093 approximately a mile to the north of Millom and north west of Barrow in Furness.

Muncaster Castle, which is a privately owned castle, overlooks the Esk River and approximately a mile south of the west coastal town of Ravenglass in Cumbria.

The Quaker Tapestry, which is housed in the historic Friend’s Meeting House in Kendal.

Rydal Mount is situated between Ambleside and Grasmere on the A591 in the Lakes.

Stone Circles in The Lakes have shown the presence of humans in this area during the bronze age.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway England’s oldest fifteen inch narrow gauge heritage railway on the western fringe of The Lakes.

The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick with it’s spectacular views across Derwent Water, Borrowdale and the Western Fells.

Walls Castle is all that remains of the large Roman fort called Glannaventa.

The Windermere Steamboat Museum George Pattinson, a local businessman with a passion for the Lake District’s boating history, was the founder of this museum.

Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, a Georgian townhouse in which the famous poet and Poet Laureate, William Wordsworth was born.

Wray Castle stands on the west shore of Lake Windermere and approximately two miles south of Ambleside.

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