Places to visit in the lake district

Among the Lake District Attractions: Aquarium of the Lakes,

Discover the secret world of the lakes at Britain's biggest freshwater aquarium. See pike, otters, British sharks and mammals including harvest mice, bank voles and brown rats! Don't miss our underwater tunnel featuring diving ducks. Special activities include a children's quiz trail and daily talks.

Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

Beautifully preserved Grasmere home where England's finest poet William Wordsworth wrote his best-loved poetry. Have a guided tour of his inspirational cottage and discover the internationally important collection of portraits, manuscripts and possessions in the Wordsworth Museum. Special exhibitions, tearooms and gift shop.

K Village Outlet Centre, Kendal

For the Best Brands at even Better Prices! With the 2nd largest Clarks Factory Shop in Europe, along side other famous brands offering discounts of up to 60% off RRP every day, the Riverside Cafe, K Shoe Heritage Centre and free parking this is a venue not to be missed whatever the weather.

Lake District Coast Aquarium, Maryport

A highly praised all weather attraction that has something for everyone. All tickets allow re-entry for talks and fish feeding. Numerous imaginative displays of local marine and freshwater life, including interactive stroking the rays and starfish. Outside crazy golf and adventure playpark for the active.

Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole, near Windermere

Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead

Beatrix Potter's original artwork for her children's 'tales' plus more. Display changes annually. 2006 features 'The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher' for his 100th birthday. Learn more about Beatrix's life. 17th century building was her husband's office. Children's quiz sheets and goody bags. Shop nearby.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Windermere

An extensive route network links the main Lake Windermere settlements. The main cruise operates daily throughout the year between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside, except on Christmas Day. It takes three hours but passengers may get on and off the vessel to visit the steam railway, aquarium, the World of Beatrix Potter, Ambleside museum and the little towns and villages around the lake. The 45-minute Islands Cruise from Bowness is popular. It passes wooded islands and secluded bays. A 40-minute trip from Ambleside offers free entry to the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole.

Windermere Lake Cruises originally started up in Victorian times. The steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars. A fleet of passenger launches supplement the service. When planning your visit there are plenty of Windermere hotels to choose from.

Cars of the Stars Motor Museum, Keswick

The motor museum features vehicles from TV and film, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Batmobiles, James Bond's Aston Martin, the A Team van and more. There is a souvenir and autograph shop on site.

Ullswater Steamers

Ullswater Steamers have been sailing Ullswater for almost 150 years. They provide a perfect way to experience the beauty of the area.

Ullswater is a good location for walking the lakeside trails, enjoying the flora and fauna or just simply cruising and relaxing in magnificent scenery. With miles of footpaths, linked by steamer routes, there are many opportunities for exploring the area.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Dalton-in-Furness

The South Lakes Wild Animal Park was built to put animals first. It is one of Britain's best conservation parks with unique interactive close up encounters with wild animals. It is possible, for example, to walk with and hand-feed penguins.

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Ulverston

Steam trains run a seasonal daily service from Haverthwaite to Lakeside through the Leven Valley. Connections are available with Windermere Lake Cruises. Visit the licensed restaurant, engine sheds, souvenir shop and picnic area at Haverthwaite. Steam and diesel locomotives are on display.

In addition ...

In addition all the various Lakeland areas, lakes, villages and towns make enjoyable day trips. They include : Keswick, Penrith, Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, Ullswater, Coniston and Buttermere. See also the separate town/village articles.

There are also coastal towns like Grange over Sands, Ravenglass, Whitehaven and Millom.

Bordering the Lake District are other towns like Appleby and Carlisle. They are all well worth a visit.