Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Cumbrian Coast

Holker Hall

Three miles east of Cartmel on the B5278, Holker Hall has been the family seat of the Cavendish family for nigh on four centuries. Though parts of the house date from the 16th century, the house was almost entirely …
Top Choice Historic Building in Ambleside

Rydal Mount

The poet William Wordsworth's most famous residence in the Lake District is undoubtedly Dove Cottage, but he actually spent a great deal more time at Rydal Mount, 1.5 miles northwest of Ambleside, off the A591. This…
Top Choice Historic Building in Hawkshead

Hill Top

Two miles south of Hawkshead in the tiny village of Near Sawrey, this idyllic farmhouse was purchased in 1905 by Beatrix Potter and was used as inspiration for many of her tales: the house features directly in Samue…
Top Choice Historic Building in Grasmere

Dove Cottage

On the edge of Grasmere, this tiny, creeper-clad cottage (formerly a pub called the Dove & Olive Bough) was famously inhabited by William Wordsworth between 1799 and 1808. The cottage's cramped rooms are full of…
Top Choice Castle in Carlisle

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle's brooding, rust-red castle lurks on the north side of the city. Founded around a Celtic and Roman stronghold, the castle's Norman keep was added in 1092 by William Rufus, and later refortified by Henry II,…
Top Choice Historic Building in Cockermouth

Wordsworth House

The Romantic poet William Wordsworth was born on 7 April 1770 at this handsome Georgian house at the end of Main St. Built around 1745, the house has been meticulously restored based on accounts from the Wordsworth …
Top Choice Museum in Keswick

Keswick Museum

Finally reopened after a long program of refurbishment, Keswick's quirky town museum explores the area's history, from ancient archaeology through to the arrival of industry in the Lakes. It's a diverse collection, …
Top Choice Heritage Railway in Cumbrian Coast

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Affectionately known as La'al Ratty, this pocket-sized railway was originally built to ferry iron ore from the Eskdale mines to the coast. These days it's one of Cumbria's most beloved family attractions, with minia…
Top Choice Lake in Hawkshead

Tarn Hows

Two miles off the B5285 from Hawkshead, a winding country lane wends its way to this famously photogenic artificial lake, now owned by the National Trust. Trails wind their way around the lake shore and surrounding …
Historic Building in Windermere & Around

Blackwell House

Two miles south of Bowness on the B5360, Blackwell House is a glorious example of the 19th-century Arts and Crafts movement, which championed handmade goods and craftsmanship over the mass-produced mentality of the …