Things to do

Top Things to Do in the Lake District: Family Favourites to Couple’s Retreats

The tourism industry in the Lake District is booming and the local friendly faces sure do know how to entertain their guests. With such a diverse history, remarkable natural landscape and some great local food and drink, there is no shortage of things to do. To help you navigate the vast list of attractions and decide which may suit you best, we have compiled this guide especially for you! Don’t forget to check out our Lake District cottages so that you can be right in the heart of the action. 

For Families

Model of Peter Rabbit, nibbling a carrot

The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windermere

The place to be for fans of Miss Potter’s classic characters and timeless stories. With the help of animatronics, Potter’s famous animal friends, including Peter Rabbit, of course, come to life in this walk-through attraction. Visit the award-winning Peter Rabbit garden, the lovely story-themed cafe and gift shop full of delights to complete your day in this mini wonderland. 

A ray rests on the glass in an aquarium

Lakes Aquarium, Windermere

Great for a rainy day - which is often in the Lakes! The Aquarium is designed to show you aquatic wildlife from across the globe, from Asia and Africa to the creatures habitual to the Lake District itself. The Lakes Aquarium prides itself on its conservation work, which you can expect to learn more about on your visit. Children under 3 also go free!

Steam train crossing the countryside

Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway

A great option for all members of the family, including dogs! Journeying 7 miles from Ravenglass to Dalegarth, the railway is one of the best scenic routes across the region. There is also a cafe and children’s play area at the railway and plenty of special events throughout the year, including a Santa train which is a great idea if you are planning a festive holiday. 

For Couples

Hired boat on lake Windermere

Boat Hire on Lake Windermere

A great way to get some alone time in a gorgeous setting. Brockhole on Windermere rents out rowboats on the Lake so that you can romantically row your way across the waters. 

Low Wood Bay Spa

Offering couples spa days that are perfect for a special occasion. Aside from relaxing treatments, the Spa also offers a two-course meal with your spa day - talk about the perfect way to unwind. Be sure to book ahead, or if you fancy treating your significant other, book for the both of you in secret as a surprise.

L'enclume, Cartmel

The Lake District’s only Michelin starred restaurant and the perfect place for couples who love their food to enjoy the evening together. Run by chef Simon Rogan, L'enclume offers a range of dishes based on local, seasonal ingredients that put Cumbria at the heart of their flavours.

For Ramblers

For a more walking-specific guide to the Lake District, check out our guide to the best walks in the Lake District, but we just wanted to mention here some of the best photo opportunities and unusual attractions you may spot on your Lakeside rambles:

wild swimming

Mid-walk wild swimming

If you’re walking near Easedale Tarn, why not stop off for a spot of wild swimming? Despite taking some effort to get there, the pool at Easedale Tarn is truly stunning - take in the views of the mountain whilst the cold waters refresh you!

Cathedral Cavern

Cathedral Caves

To take your walking to the next level, visit the Cathedral Caves near Little Langdale. The main chamber is well signposted and stands at an impressive 40 feet, so you can walk right in. Take some beautiful photos here as the light seeps through two windows that illuminate the cave.