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Beatrix Potter Gallery

4.5 star rating: Recommended 110 Reviews

For over a hundred years, characters like Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Peter Rabbit have made an indelible impression on children in Britain ...  Read more

Borrowdale & Buttermere Valleys

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 195 Reviews

The Borrowdale Valley is renowned for some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in the Lake District, dominated by a handful of England’s tallest ...  Read more

Bowness

4.5 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

From the imposing white façade of the Belsfield Hotel to the busy shops in the town centre, much of Bowness reflects its rise to prominence during the ...  Read more

Carlisle Castle

The stern, stone walls of Carlisle Castle are of Norman construction and were built on the site of a Roman fort. The site long formed a key defensive ...  Read more

Castlerigg Stone Circle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 195 Reviews

There are numerous neolithic stone circles in the Lake District and nearby areas, the most popular being at Castlerigg. This more-or-less round grouping of ...  Read more

Coniston Water

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

The third-largest lake in the English Lake District doesn’t fail to impress; at 5 miles (8 km) long, 184 feet (56 m) deep and half a mile (0.8 km) wide, it ...  Read more

Derwentwater

Nestled in the northwestern part of the English Lake District, Derwentwater is one of the principal bodies of water that characterize the region. It is most ...  Read more

Furness Abbey

Construction on Furness Abbey began in 1123, with numerous alterations and additions following in the ensuing three centuries. Throughout the Middle Ages it ...  Read more

Hardknott Roman Fort

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Built under Hadrian's rule in the second century, Hardknott Roman Fort (initially named Mediobogdum by the Romans) is a must-do for history buffs who find ...  Read more

Hill Top Farm

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Beatrix Potter’s love affair with the English Lake District is practically as famous as her children’s tales. Her numerous and extensive holidays in the ...  Read more

Keswick

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 195 Reviews

Keswick (pronounced “Kezick”), situated at the uppermost tip of Derwentwater, is the hub of the northern part of the Lake District. There are a few local ...  Read more

Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Once described as “seamlessly elegant” by The Daily Telegraph, Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel is indeed one of the best hidden gems in the English Lake ...  Read more

Muncaster Castle 

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

A holiday in England wouldn’t be complete without visiting a haunted and historic castle. Cue Muncaster Castle and Gardens, a lavish 800-year-old property ...  Read more

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Running over a distance of 7 miles (11.3 kilometers) between Ravenglass and Dalegarth stations in the valley of Eskdale, the La'al Ratty — as the locals call ...  Read more

Rydal Mount

Lake District wouldn’t be the same without its important literary heritage. The glorious scenery over both Grasmere and Windermere lakes certainly provides an ...  Read more

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