Lake District Attractions
Eden Ostrich World
Langwathby Hall, Langwathby, Penrith, Cumbria
Eden Ostrich World is a working farm in the beautiful Eden Valley. The centre is home to many rare breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs as well as a host of other unusual animals. However the most unusual and rare resident by far is Pozee, a Zebra hybrid. There are adventure and pre-school playgrounds, a soft play area, tea room, gift galleries and a delightful riverside walk, as well as the African Black Ostrich! An educational experience not to be missed. Tel: 01768 881771 See www.ostrich-world.com
Fell Foot Park
No matter what time of year, whether you just want to savour the magnificent colours and scenery of Lakeland or partake of the many activities for young and old, Fell Foot Park on the shores of Lake Windermere offers a magical environment for all the family. Open all year. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Discover one of the richest Cistercian monasteries in England. Explore the soaring ruins of red sandstone and soak up the grandeur of this 700-year-old site. Located in peaceful valley, explore the majestic remains of the Abbey using the audio tour. Open All Year. (Winter- closed Monday & Tuesdays) See /www.english-heritage.org.uk
You'll find us down the lanes, in the country. Visit this impressive fully restored watermill and learn about local rural life. Enjoy fabulous home cooking in the Dusty Miller Café, the scones are unsurpassed in the area! Open All Year Tuesday - Sunday and public holidays See www.watermill.co.uk
Tel: (01229) 869244, Gleaston, Ulverston LA12 0QH
Gosforth Pottery -
Hardingill House, Gosforth
Gosforth Pottery is situated 200 yards from the A595 at the northern end of Gosforth. We have been making pots professionally for twenty years. As well as being a small tourist attraction, we have a shop and information centre. We also exhibit and offer residential pottery courses, with tuition in small groups. See GOSFORTH-POTTERY
Hardknott Roman Fort -
Near Eskdale, Cumbria
Historians date the most dramatic remains of the Roman occupation (they occupied the Lake District for 350 years) back to around AD125. The fort was constructed to control the road from Ravenglass to Ambleside. The remains stretch across an area of around 2¾ acres. Hardknott fort or “MEDIOBOGDUM” to the Romans is situated in one of the most stunning and steep roads in Cumbria. See www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk
Hayes Garden World - Ambleside
Set amidst beautiful Lake District scenery, one of Britain’s finest garden centres is a must for any family outing. Housing one of the North’s largest selections of plants, garden furniture and leisure products from around the world, Hayes Garden World is sheer inspiration. Heading towards Ambleside on the A591 main district road, we are 200 yards south of the Ambleside village.
Heaton Cooper Studio - Grasmere
The gallery at The Heaton Cooper Studio has a changing exhibition of paintings, prints and sculpture from four generations of the Heaton Cooper family, from Alfred Heaton Cooper (1863-1929) and William Heaton Cooper (1903-1995), to present day members. We also have an interesting range of painting and drawing materials alongside an exceptional selection of papers Tel: 015394 35280
Hill Top -
Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Lake District, Cumbria
Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated many of her famous children’s stories in this little 12th Century farmhouse which she owned for 38 years, and it has been kept exactly as she left it, complete with furniture, china and a traditional cottage garden. The house is 2 miles south of Hawkshead, in Near Sawrey. Tel: 015394 36269
Holker Hall & Gardens
Cumbria's premier stately home, owned by Lord & Lady Cavendish and their family, has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The beautiful 25 acres of national award-winning gardens are classed amongst the best in the world.
Tel: (015395) 58328, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands LA11 7PL
Jennings Brewery -
The Castle Brewery, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Jennings Brewery is situated in the shadow of historic Cockermouth Castle. Discover how our real ales are still brewed in the traditional way using pure Lakeland water drawn from the brewery’s well. Sample our range of Lakeland ales in the authentic Old Cooperage Bar and browse for leisurewear and giftware in our brewery gift shop. For opening times and tour availablility, please phone the Jennings shop.
Kendal Museum -
Station Road, Kendal
Founded in 1796, Kendal Museum of Natural History and Archaeology is one of the oldest museums in the country containing a wonderful and unusual collection of objects and artefacts. With many examples of flora and fauna, both local and global, it takes you on a journey from prehistoric times and into the 21st century. We offer many exciting events, exhibitions, activities and workshops for children and adults. Contact us for more details. Tel: 01539 721374
Keswick Art Gallery and Museum
Keswick Museum tells the stories of the unique and varied past of the town. Keswick is well known for the first pencils, some very famous residents, and gorgeous scenery, and the museum was built in 1897 to teach visitors about the town’s history. Some of the resident exhibitions include a collection of crystals and minerals, a 4m scale model of the Lake District and original letters by Southey, Wordsworth and Walpole. The Art Gallery offers a range of exhibitions by local and other artists throughout the year. Fitz Park, Station Road, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4NF
Tel: 017687 73263
Lakes Discovery Museum @ The Armitt - Ambleside
Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9BL - England, UK
Phone: +44 (0)15394 31212 - Fax:+44 (0)15394 31313
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See over 2000 years of local Lake District history at Ambleside’s Armitt Museum and Library. From the Romans to Beatrix Potter along with Ruskin, Wordsworth and Kurt Schwitters. The museum has hands on activities for all the family and special rates are available for groups and school parties. Tel: 015394 31212
Lakeland Miniature Village
See the Lake District in miniature at Cumbria's only miniature model village featuring over 140 buildings faithfully hand crafted using local Coniston slate including such classics as Beatrix Potter's Hill Top.
Open all year - 10am to dusk - See www.lakelandminiaturevillage.com
Tel: (015395) 58500, Flookburgh, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 7LE
Lakeland Motor Museum
Enjoy a truly nostalgic Motoring Memories experience at the Lakeland Motor Museum with vintage vehicles, classic & curious cars, superb scooters and magnificent motorbikes plus the Campbell Legend Bluebird exhibition.
Lakes Glass Centre
A brand new attraction featuring Cumbria Crystal and Heron Glass. This is a unique opportunity to see the manufacture of full lead crystal and coloured art glass using only tradtional manufacturing methods. Open all year.
Tel: (01229) 581385, Oubas Hill, Ulverston, Cumbria
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
Beautifully restores steam locomotives haul comfortable coaches from the Victorian station at Haverthwaite through the contrasting lake and river scenes of the Leven Valley to Lakeside, where connections are available with Windermere Lake Cruises. See www.furnessrailwaytrust.org.uk
Tel: (015395) 31594, Haverthwaite Station, Nr. Ulverston LA12 8AL
Lanternhouse is a spectacular new building, which is home to the pioneering Arts Company, Welfare State International. A visit to Lanternhouse will introduce you to the craft of celebration from large-scale public events to private ceremonies. Limited opening, please enquire for opening times. See www.welfare-state.org
Tel: (01229) 581127, The Ellers, Ulverston LA12 0AA
Laurel & Hardy Museum
The world-famous museum devoted to Laurel & Hardy is located in Ulverston, the town where Stan Laurel was born in 1890. The museum is home to an amazing collection of memorabilia, including letters, photographs, personal items and furniture. See www.laurel-and-hardy-museum.co.uk
Tel: (01229) 582292, 4C Upper Brook Street, Ulverston LA12 7BH
Muncaster Castle -
Home to the Penningtons for over 800 years, experience the wild splendour of over 70 acres of plants and trees from all over the world - largest rhododendron collection in Europe. Headquarters of the World Owl Trust featuring one of the largest colletions of Owls in the World. ‘Meet the Birds’ at 2.30pm and watch wild Herons feeding during ‘Heron Happy Hour’ at 4.30pm. Visit the interactive Meadow Vole Maze. Café and gift shops. Tel: 01229 717614
Penrith Castle -
Penrith Castle and the very attractive Castle Park stand opposite and high above the town’s railway station. The original tower of the Castle was built by Bishop Strickland between 1397 and 1399 and was then greatly enlarged and improved by Ralph Neville, Earl of Westmorland. Today, the noble ruins and surrounding moat are an attraction to young and old alike and the jagged outline of the castle forms an impressive backdrop to a most attractive municipal park.
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway -
The most beautiful train journey in England. Situated in the English Lake District this 15" Narrow Gauge Railway carries passengers from the old Roman Port of Ravenglass seven miles along the Eskdale Valley to Eskdale (Dalegarth) with a journey time of 40 minutes from Ravenglass to Eskdale. Either steam or diesel engines haul trains. Visit the Ratty Arms Public House and Muncaster Watermill. Tel: 01229 717171
Ravenglass Roman Bath House -
The impressive remains of the Roman bath house at Ravenglass are among the most complete in Britain. Ravenglass was an important strategic port and naval base for the Romans. Established in AD130, the fort at Ravenglass was built at the spot called Glannoventa and was in use up to the third Century. Standing up to almost 4 metres (13 feet high), the well preserved bath house walls are a reminder of one of the most ingenious Roman inventions.
Rydal Mount and Gardens - Rydal, Ambleside
Rydal Mount was the home of Wordsworth for 37 years where he wrote and revised many of his poems including the world famous Daffodils and became Poet Laureate to Queen Victoria. The house & gardens are situated in the picturesque village of Rydal described by Dr. Thomas Arnold, as “Nowhere on earth have I ever seen a spot of more perfect and enjoyable beauty”. Amble through the large, beautiful terrace gardens, landscaped by the poet, enjoying the magnificent views of Lake Windermere and Rydal Water. Tel: 015394 33002
South Lakes Wild Animal Park
Europe's top tiger conservation centre. Take a unique safari on foot and see many animal wandering free in natural surroundings, walk with Kangaroos and Emu in the bush or watch parrots fly free in the trees. Open All Year. See www.wildanimalpark.co.uk
Tel: (01229) 466086 Crossgates, Dalton-in-Furness, LA15 8JR
Steam Yacht Gondola -
Coniston Water, Lake District, Cumbria
Enjoy Coniston’s scenery on Steam Yacht Gondola. Originally launched in 1859, she provides a scheduled steam powered passenger service with opulently upholstered heated saloons. Sails from Coniston Pier (signposted from the village). Sailings weather permitting. Times published locally and at Coniston Pier.
St. Oswald’s Church - Grasmere
Although the church of St. Oswald is most commonly visited to see the Wordsworth family tomb in the churchyard, it is a beautiful building on its own merit. Each year on St. Oswald’s day, the church holds a traditional rush-bearing ceremony, a custom dating back to when the church floor consisted of earth covered in rushes. Just next door to the church is the world-renowned Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, which is well-worth a visit.
Stott Park Bobbin Mill
Expereince one of the best preserved genuine early 19th century working mills. Take the inclusive 45 minutes guided tour and learn the fascinating story of the cotton industry, wooden bobbin manufacturing and the people who worked there. Open 1 April - 31 October. See www.english-heritage.org.uk
Tel: (015395) 31087, Newby Bridge, Cumbria
Swarthmoor Hall, situated on the edge of Ulverston, is a 16th century Grade II listed building that tells a tale of people involved in the radical changes of the post-Civil Wars world, both in the UK and beyond. There is a fine collection of 17th century furniture and beautiful gardens to sit in.
Tel: (01229) 583204 Fax: (01229) 583283, Swarthmoor, Nr Ulverston
Tarn Hows -
Tarn Hows is partly artificial, being three tarns joined together in the 19th Century. Nevertheless, it is an extremely popular spot and offers leisurely walking for any ability. The relatively flat path around the tarn is one and a half miles long, and suitable for wheelchairs. Owned by the National Trust, a nearby car park makes the area easily accessible. This location is very picturesque at all times of the year, and offers quite a variety of flora and fauna.
Theatre By The Lake - Lakeside, Keswick
Keswick’s world-famous Theatre By The Lake has its origins in a mobile theatre that toured the country in the 60s and 70s. Its popularity declined everywhere except Keswick, and the mobile theatre became a permanent fixture. The theatre raised enough money to construct a purpose-built, permanent building, which now offers excellent facilities for performers and audience alike. Performances are as wide and varied as Shakespeare, Flamenco dancing, art film and jazz. There are regular matinees of family performances. Tel: 017687 74411
Windermere Lake Cruises
Cruise the length of England's longest lake and enjoy the ever-changing panorama of Lake Windermere. Steamers and launches sail daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside with connections for the steam railway.
Open All Year. See www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk
Tel: (015395) 31188, Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Cumbria LA12 8AS
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