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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Discover the Lake District’s literary heritage on this guided day trip from London, with train transport included. Enjoy a scenic drive along Lake Windermere to Waterhead. Then, visit Hawkshead village, where William Wordsworth studied. If you take your tour during winter, visit Rydal Mount and Gardens — Wordsworth’s former home for a tour and cream tea — and Bowness. Or, if you visit during summer, visit Hill Top, where Beatrix Potter once lived, and enjoy cream tea at Lindeth Howe Country Hotel. Upgrade to travel in style with a First Class rail ticket.


  • Lake District day trip from London, with round-trip train transport included
  • Enjoy a scenic drive from Lake Windermere to Waterhead, and a lake cruise (if tour taken between April and October)
  • Explore picturesque Hawkshead village, where William Wordsworth once studied
  • Head to Hill Top, the home that inspired many of Beatrix Potter's tales (if tour taken between April and October)
  • Savor a traditional English cream tea at Beatrix Potter’s Lindeth Howe Country Hotel (if tour taken between April and October)
  • Receive a guided tour and cream tea at Rydal Mount and Gardens (if tour taken between November and March)
  • Visit Bowness and choose to visit the award-winning World of Beatrix Potter (if tour taken between November and March)

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What You Can Expect

Lake District Rail Day Trip from London

The Lake District, England

Make your own way to London’s Euston Station, where you’ll pick up your round-trip train ticket and itinerary from a tour host. Should you wish, upgrade to travel in First Class for an even more comfortable ride. Then, board your train and relax on the journey out of the city and into the rolling hills of Cumbria.

After around 3.5 hours, arrive in Oxenholme. Meet a local guide, and then set off on your tour of the Lake District, where literary landmarks, hilltop trails, misty mountains and glittering lakes abound.

Travel north along Lake Windermere, the largest of the Lake District’s waterways. Gaze out over the still waters and drink in views of the surrounding hills and mountains as you journey toward Waterhead, where much-loved children’s author Beatrix Potter spent many of her school holidays. If your tour takes place between April and October, enjoy a leisurely cruise on the famous Lake Windermere.

Next, visit the medieval village of Hawkshead. Enjoy free time to wander the cobbled lanes, and see the Old Grammar School where Romantic poet William Wordsworth once studied. Perhaps recharge with lunch (own expense) at one of the local eateries, and then travel to Tarn Hows, a renowned beauty spot, for sweeping mountain and lake panoramas.

Summer Itinerary
If you’ve taken your tour between April and October, continue to Hill Top, where Beatrix Potter dreamed up characters such as Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddleduck. Head inside the 17th-century farmhouse with your included ticket, and explore the rooms and garden independently. The house remains exactly as the author left it, with each room featuring details that appear in her books.

Then, continue to Lindeth Howe Country Hotel, once owned by Beatrix Potter, for a delightful cream tea before returning to Oxenholme Station for your train back to London.

Winter Itinerary
Alternatively, if you’ve taken your tour between November and March, continue through the beautiful Yewdale Valley, passing Yew Tree Tarn and Skelwith Bridge, and arrive at Rydal Mount and Gardens, where Wordsworth lived from 1813 until his death in 1850. Explore the house and grounds with your guide before savoring a traditional cream tea.

Make your final stop at Bowness, where you’ll enjoy free time to visit the award-winning World of Beatrix Potter visitor center (own expense). When the time comes, join back up with your guide and return to Oxenholme Station for your train back to London.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The Lake District Day Trip was a wonderful experience.
We loved getting to see Beatrix Potter's home, but the rest of the Lake District was also wonderful.
Having afternoon tea at the hotel was a wonderful experience.
What a beautiful area!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was wonderful! We were met at the station and given our tickets and then relaxed on the train to the Lakes District. Leaving the train we were met by our guide and spent a lovely day! Our guide was very knowledgeable and pointed out many interesting sights along the way. I loved our time in Ambleside, particularly the old school which our guide had recommended we go to...Wonderful, wonderful day and it was one of my sons favourite days on our holiday! He is 6

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Beautiful scenery! Guide was great. Definitely recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

wonderful experience
may be better if lunch is organised

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Arranging a meeting point can be confusing. You must be familiar with Euston station and initiative and very specific which ticket counter office they ( Local tour operator) meant. I had to stress to them was it the Euston station ticket office or the Virgin ticket office ?

Luckily it worked out fine and we were only a small group, hopped on the train followed their instructions and we were off to the magical Lake districts. Highly recommended. If I were to do it again, I'd stay at least 2-3 nights.

Great day all round.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

A great way to get a taste of the lake district in one day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Great trip. Saw a lot. Well timed. Enjoyed the comments from the driver. I would definitely take another trip with Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

We were confused about the itinerary of the tour, thinking we would see Wordsworth's.

Michelle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

This tour is well worthwhile and was thoroughly enjoyable. The two tour companies involved in this trip organised everything very well. Evans and Evans made the train journey very easy and we somehow ended up with first class train tickets and Mountain Goat the tour company who met us when we got off the train were fantastic. We had an awesome guide and the whole day was fantastic. Definitely recommend this tour as the scenary and itinerary are fantastic. Beatrix Potter's house a must for anyone interested in Peter Rabbit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

Tour most enjoyable and the guide very informative
We did think the guide could have a made good use of a microphone.
Thank you

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