Places to visit in Cumbria

The Lake District National Park

Walking and cycling

With some of the UK's best walking and cycling routes, the Lake District National Park is an adventurer's paradise. From picturesque lakeside strolls to more challenging routes with rewarding views, there's something for everyone. Head over to the Lake District National Park website for advice on all the best guided routes, cycle trails, and maps of some of the best-loved walks in the area.

Ullswater 'Steamers'

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award-winning, environmentally accredited attraction that is celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake. Cruises connect to some of the most famous walking routes, including the Ullswater Way and the famous William Wordsworth daffodils at Glencoyne Bay. The ‘Steamers’ operate all year round, with varying timetable connections between Glenridding, Howtown, Pooley Bridge Piers, and between Glenridding and the National Trust Aira Force Pier.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England. The journey is from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, across the estuary, through the hills to the final destination some seven miles up the line to Dalegarth for Boot Station.

Historic houses and gardens

Just outside Penrith is Dalemain Historic Mansion - one of the most beautiful and impressive stately houses in the North West of England. Pay a visit and discover more about the house's fascinating past, marvel at the beautiful architecture, or take a stroll around the stunning grounds and gardens that surround the property.

Castles and legends

Local landmarks such as Pendragon Castle and the waterfalls at Aira Force are associated with the legendary figure, King Arthur. If you're a history fan, we thoroughly recommend a visit to the 19th century Lowther Castle. It's home to dramatic ruins, gardens within gardens, and a fantastic adventure playground for the little ones.

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