• Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Experience the untamed beauty and literary heritage of England’s Lake District on this guided day trip from London, with round-trip rail tickets included. On arrival, explore this epic region by minivan, visiting Lake Windermere, Hawkshead and Tarn Hows. In summer, enjoy an added visit to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s former farmhouse; a scenic lake cruise, and tea at the famous Lindeth Howe hotel. In winter, meanwhile, add a visit to Rydal Mount, once home to poet William Wordsworth, including afternoon tea. Upgrade to first class rail tickets for extra comfort.

Highlights

  • 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)

What You Can Expect

Lake District Rail Day Trip from London

The Lake District, England

Select standard or first class rail travel when you book. Then, make your own way to London’s Euston Station and board your train for England’s beautiful Lake District National Park, set in the rugged fells of Cumbria.


After a roughly 3.5-hour journey, disembark at Oxenholme station. Then, meet your friendly local guide and set off on your tour by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. 

Admire the spectacular fells and glassy lakes as you trace the banks of Lake Windermere on route to Waterhead, a favorite childhood haunt of the much-loved, early 20th-century children’s storyteller Beatrix Potter. If you’re taking your tour between April and October, step aboard a sightseeing boat here and enjoy a scenic cruise on this lovely expanse of water.

Next, continue to the enchanting village of Hawkshead, a tangle of cobbled lanes and whitewashed cottages. Get free time to explore independently, and view the Old Grammar School, attended by a young William Wordsworth between 1779 and 1787. Have lunch (own expense) here, and then drive to Tarn Hows, a popular beauty spot famous for its gorgeous lake-and-mountain scenery.


Summer Tour Itinerary (April – October):
Leave Tarn Hows for Hill Top, the old-world farmhouse bought by Beatrix Potter in 1905. Show your included ticket and stroll around the charming interior, left as in Beatrix’s time, with much of her furniture still in place. Recognize some of the pieces and features that appeared in her books, and scout around the gift stop and garden.


Afterward, drive to the Lindeth Howe, a hotel set in a Victorian house formerly owned by Beatrix. Savor a delicious cream tea here before a drop-off at Oxenholme for your return trip to Euston.

Winter Tour Itinerary (November – March):
After time at Tarn How, venture through the idyllic Yewdale Valley past Skelwith Bridge and Yew Tree Tarn, and stop at Rydal Mount and Gardens, the home of the poet William Wordsworth between 1813 and 1850. 


After a guided tour of the house and garden, followed by a cream tea, visit Bowness, a pretty town on the banks of Lake Windermere. Enjoy free time here, and perhaps visit the award-laden World of Beatrix Potter visitor center (own expense), before reconvening with your guide and driving to Oxenholme to catch your train back to London.

Customer Reviews

Dean M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The Lake District is beautiful and a few days there would be fun. But if you do not have that time this tour is a great way to see it. It is very doable in a day. The guide was very nice and full of fun interesting information. I would recommed this tour.

judith p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Itinerary was well planned and thoroughly enjoyable. Tour Guide was professional and knowledgeable.

Patricia T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The day in the Lake District was the highlight of my trip to England. Everything, from the train trips, being picked up and returned to the station, and the visit to Beatrix Potter's cottage, went without a glitch. It's a long day, but it was thoroughly enjoyable!

Joe B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our tour guide, Peter Fox, could not have been more pleasant and enjoyable.

Manuela-Lidia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

I travelled to Lake District on the 29th July. Someone from the agency waited for me in the train station and handed me the train tickets to and from Oxenholme. There, a very friendly guide was waiting for me in the station. She drove to other locations to gather everyone from the group, which had 10 people. We covered everything listed in the trip details, and the guide was amazing, she had impressive knowledge on the area and the people. The landscapes were breathtaking, so I would strongly encourage you to take this tour.

Linda F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great guide. Helpful and knowledgable.

Joanne G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was a great tour! But not because the guide was good because he was not, I am use to learning many interesting facts he really had none to share? The coach had no air conditioning either. We were just lucky that the countryside was so beautiful and the towns so charming!

Susan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour by Peter Fox. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and adept at getting us around the area without a hitch. The boat ride and the cream tea were nice features. It was a fabulous way to see this region in one day and still get back to London.

Michael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Highly recommend this tour! Peter was a great tour guide. I went in April and the weather and area was enjoyable. Not overly crowded or cold! If you're worried about taking a train to and from London... 3 hours really goes by fast on the Virgin trains.

Ai Vee N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The upgrade to first class was worth it. Even it is just a day trip , you get a taste of Lake District. There plenty of time on each location as advertised on trip. David was an excellent driver and got us on time and safely from 1point to the other. The tea was good. The lake cruise was enjoyable.

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