5 Must See Places to Visit in the English Lake District
The English Lake District is possibly the most beautiful and widely visited area in the UK. The stunning views and boundless areas of outstanding beauty make it a fabulous location for family holidays, romantic getaways and adventurous breaks.
Located in the North of England, the Lake District is accessible from any of the Northern Airports including Liverpool John Lennon, Manchester and Blackpool. Avoid flying into any of the London airports as a five-hour drive awaits anyone who lands at Heathrow.
The Lake District National Park is one of Britain’s top tourist attractions and as you’d expect, there are hundreds of hotels, guest houses, shops and restaurants. There are organized excursions, or you can set off on your own with map in hand and discover the beautiful countryside as nature intended.
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With so much to do and so much to see, we’ve picked five of the most famous and interesting places to visit that are sure to inspire and excite!
Beatrix Potter Museum
Fans of Peter Rabbit and friends simply cannot miss a trip to the same area where Beatrix Potter was inspired to write her wonderfully enchanting tales. The characters in her famous and classic are brought to life in her beautiful cottage that is now The Beatrix Potter Museum. An award-winning attraction and a wonderful experience for the whole family.
Dove Cottage & Rydal Mount
It was in this tiny cottage in the heart of the Lake District that William Wordsworth wrote some of the most famous poetry in the English Language.
Little has changed since the Wordsworth family lived here in the 1800’s, with many of his original works on show.
Take a stroll in to the gardens, a place of inspiration for Wordsworth where he would sit, gain inspiration, meditate and write his most famous lines.
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Rydal Mount still belongs to Wordsworth’s descendants and was his beloved family home until his death in 1850. Here, he published the final version of his most famous work ‘Daffodils.’
Another of the Lake District’s historical houses, Muncaster Castle is well known for its more ghostly residents!
The Pennington family has been living here since 1208 and the estate is still known as the jewel in the crown of this part of the Western Lake District.
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Host to many private weddings and celebrations, be prepared to feel utterly inspired as you take a step back in to history.
If you love the history of the Lakes but prefer your visits with a little light refreshment, then a tour of Keswick Brewery might be just the thing you’re after.
Located on the site of the original brewery, which closed its doors in 1897. The new site, which opened in 2006, is passionate about environmental issues and produces its high-quality home-brewed craft beers with this in mind.
Take a tour of the site and purchase to your heart’s content in the shop next door.
A trip to the Lake District surely isn’t complete without visiting an area to which it lends its name!
Windermere is perhaps one of the more famous areas of the Lakes and at 10 ½ miles in length, is England’s largest lake. Its name comes from the Scandinavian for ‘lake of a man called Vinandr.’
Visiting Windermere, the small town on the banks of the lake, is a relaxing afternoon of cafes, shopping and relaxing as the world goes by.
A truly special holiday, the Lake District is England’s largest National Park, home to dozens more attractions and plenty of adventures.