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- Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Visit our art gallery. Relax in the Coffee Shop with fresh coffee and speciality teas, freshly prepared, locally produced food. Browse through the range of specialist art books in the Book Shop, which also stocks exhibitions catalogues, postcards and fine art greetings cards.
- Aquarium of the Lakes
Discover an array of fascinating creatures at Britain's unique freshwater aquarium. Meet otters, pike, char, harvest mice and British sharks and rays. Don't miss the spectacular underwater tunnel featuring giant carp and amazing diving ducks! Daily talks, children's quiz trail and regular special events.
- Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead
Learn about Beatrix Potter's life. See her original artwork for her children's tales. Children's quiz sheets and goody bags. Shop nearby.
- Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House
This elegant Arts and Crafts house and garden commands spectacular views across Lake Windermere. The restored, furnished interiors include original features such as stained glass windows and carved oak panelling. Changing historical and contemporary exhibitions of the applied arts are held in the upper galleries.
- Brantwood, Coniston
The former home of eminent Victorian, John Ruskin, is a treasure house of art and memorabilia. Explore Brantwood's estate and gardens or enjoy contemporary art in the Severn Studio. Family activities, the Jumping Jenny restaurant, Coach House Gallery and Brantwood's bookshop create a perfect day out.
- Carlisle Cathedral
Founded in 1122, the Cathedral's glories include the East Window, the Brougham Triptych - a magnificent 16th century carved Flemish altarpiece and fine painted panels depicting the lives of Saints. The 15th century choir stalls are notable examples of medieval carving. Treasury exhibition. Gift Shop and Restaurant.
- Dove Cottage & 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. On site tearooms plus book & gift shop.
- Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre
Spacious galleries displaying quality arts and crafts, resident artists' studios, heritage displays, original working looms, changing exhibitions, riverside tearoom - all complement the new lease of life given to this historic building.
- Go Lakes
This is the offical tourism website for holidays in the Lake District. Use the information available here about activities and visitor attractions to help you plan your stay.
- Hill Top, Near Sawry
Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated many of her famous childresn's stories in this small 17th century farmhouse. It has been kept exactly as she left it, complete with treasured furniture, china and a traditional cottage garden. Come and step inside the books and see the house which was re-created for the major film "Miss Potter".
- Holker Hall & Gardens
A magnificent historic house with award winning gardens full of colour and texture throughout the year. A 125 acre deer park, adventure playground, food hall, gift shop and courtyard cafe. Eat al fresco under the warming sun or dine in the comfort of one of our restaurants.
- Hutton-in-the Forest
Historic house based on medieval pele tower with substantial additions in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, containing collections of furniture, ceramics, tapestries and portraits. Set in the remains of Inglewood Forest, with a beautiful walled garden, 17th century dovecote, and woodland walk. Also Cloister's Tearoom.
- Lakeland Gateway
This tourist information website concentrates on Kendal, Windermere and Cumbria's southern Lake District and provides everything you need to know to plan your holiday.
- Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre
Come indoors and be enthralled & educated in our unique farm show. Includes sheep, cattle, dogs and geese. Large shop with sheepskin rugs, sheepy gifts, clothing, books, etc. Our cafe serves hot meals & snacks. Licensed bar. Lots of free parking.
- Levens Hall & Gardens, near Kendal
Elizabethan house, home of the Bagot family, containing Jacobean furniture, plasterwork and panelling. World famous Topiary Gardens, first laid out in 1694, herbacious borders and fountain garden. Home-made light lunches and teas. No charge for access to tearoom, gift shop and plant centre.
- Peter Hall & Son Furniture Workshop
Skilled designers and crafspeople creating exceptional furniture, home interiors and turned gifts, giving lasting pleasure for generations. Watch them working from the viewing gallery and see more exquisite products to buy from the showroom.
- Quaker Tapestry Exhibition & Tearooms, Kendal
Inspiring, colourful embroidery made by 4,000 men, women and children from 15 countries. Explore 350 years of fascinating social history beautifully illustrated within 77 modern tapestry panels. Superb family facilities include: multi-lingual personal audio guides and large screen video, constume, shop, garden, tearooms and workshops.
- RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve
A popular nature reserve set within the Arnside and Silverdale area of Outstanding Nautural Beauty with an abundance of spectacular wildlife. Our visitor centre has a warm and friendly atmosphere with a tearoom and gift shop in a converted barn. A wide selection of delicious home cooked meals available.
- Rydal Mount and Gardens near Ambleside
Enjoy the relaxed, lived-in feel of William Wordsworth's famous family home, as you dent the cushions and compare family snaps with portraits of the bard. Walk the beautiful gardens, sit in the poet's summerhouse, injoy the breathtaking views of the lakes and hills and understand why Wordsworth loved to write here!
- South Tynedale Railway, Alston
Enjoy a train journey along the beautiful South Tyne valley between Alston and Kirkhaugh, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Travel behind preserved steam and diesel locomotives from Britain and overseas. Railway shop in restored Victorian staion. Free parking. Picnic area.
- The Armitt Collection
Experience 2000 years of local history! Artefacts from the Roman occupation of Ambleside, Kurt Schwitters Ambleside's artist, Beatrix Potter watercolours, John Ruskin, historic Lake District library, interactive displays, workshops, talks and changing exhibitions. Museum shop selling Made-in-Cumbria gifts plus antique books, CD's etc.
- The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven
See Whitehaven top to bottom, inside and out. Discover the maritime, industrial and social history of this fascinating town - mining, shipbuilding, American connections and slavery. Enjoy stunning harbour views whilst foecasting the weather from the top floor. Free entry to art gallery, cafe and shop.
- The Lake District Coast Aquarium, Maryport
The top all weather attraction that people keep coming back to. Numerous imaginative displays of local marine and freshwater life. Stroke the rays and touch the starfish. Cafe, gift shop, crazy golf, model boats, adventure playpark. All tickets allow re-entry for talks and fish feeding.
- The Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole
Idyllically situated on the shores of Windermere, admission is free, pay and display car parking. Interactive exhibitions, Mawson gardens, adventure playground, shop, cafe and information centre. Lake shore access, with regular cruises to/from Waterhead, Ambleside. The perfect day out. Special events. Excellent access for all.
- The Muncaster Experience
Historic Castle home to the Pennington family for 800 years. Extensive gardens with glorious views. World Owl Centre with daily bird show and Heron Happy Hour. Indoor Meadowvole Maze. Gift shops, cafe, plant centre and computer suite. Magical winter evenings with Darkest Muncaster.
- The Ruskin Museum, Coniston
Telling the story of Coniston. Be inspired by the radical political philosophy of John Ruskin, brilliant artist, critic, social reformer. Marvel at the heroic courage of Donald Campbell, speeding over Coniston in Bluebird. Also slate, copper, dry-stone walls, Herdwick Sheep, Langdale Linen & Ruskin Lace.
- The Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Cumbria's year-round theatre is located by the side of Derwentwater in Keswick. Of particular interest to the Lakeland visitor is the summer season of plays staged each year by the acclaimed resident professional company.
- What's On in the Southern Lake District
A full listing of events in South Lakeland.
- Wordsworth House
William Wordsworth's birthplace. Daily 'living history' presentation of life in 1770's Cockermouth for William's family. Meet the servants in the working 18th Century kitchen, or at their chores elsewhere. Explore the restored organic kitchen garden and William and Dorothy's terrace walk. Hands-on-areas and activities.
- World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
Discover the real Miss Potter, subject of the recent movie, and take a journey with Peter Rabbit and all his friends. Call on Jemima Puddle-duck in the woodland glade, visit Mrs Tiggy-winkle in her kitchen and follow in Miss Potter's footsteps with the virtual walks.