The Local Attractions

Attractions in Cumbria and the Lake District

Historic House in the Lake District

Cumbria and The Lake District offer the perfect holiday destination, set amid a breathtaking backdrop of fells and lakes are a host of attractions waiting to be explored.

From historic houses and gardens to aquariums and lake cruises there is no shortage of places to visit in the Lake District and will make for a jam packed short break or holiday. Lingmoor Guest House’s central location means visiting attractions throughout Cumbria – The Lake District is easy.

The World of Beatrix Potter is a popular Lake District attraction, and is close to Lingmoor Guest House on Crag Brow in Windermere. Scenes from all the Lakeland tales of Beatrix Potter are brought to life in an enchanting 3d tableaux. Using animatronics to recreate the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside. The ‘Hidden Beatrix Potter’ film, video wall and exhibition provides information on the life of Beatrix Potter and her work as a children’s author, artist, farmer and pioneer conservationist. (Telephone 01539 88444).

The Old Laundry Theatre can also be found in the same building as The World of Beatrix Potter. They have many fine plays, both serious and comedy and musical entertainment, Victoria Wood is a seasoned artist that performs here from time to time. You can contact them on 01539 88444.

The Royalty Cinema on lake road in Bowness on Windermere is an art deco building hosting the most up to date films but keeping Beatrix Potter for visitors to enjoy. Telephone 01539443364 The Windermere Steamboat Museum on Rayrigg road Windermere, is a unique and historic collection of Edwardian and Victorian motor boats dating from 1850 -1911 and is owned by Windermere Nautical Trust. Telephone 0153945565.

The Brockhole Visitor’s Centre on the Ambleside road is a great place to go with lovely lake shore walks, beautiful gardens a putting green and children’s play area. It is a great place to picnic on the sunny summer days.

The Aquarium of the Lake is at Lakeside at the south end of Windermere Lake. Combine this with a cruise down Lake Windermere with Windermere Lake Cruises from Ambleside’s Waterhead or Bowness Pier and this makes a delightful day out incorporating some of Cumbria’s loved attractions. See a large collection of fresh water fish on a multi level viewing platform. The story starts with the Lakeland river flowing through the fells to the sea, showing all the wildlife on the way. The Otters are fascinating and the diving ducks on the lower floor will keep you mesmerised as you watch them dive like lightning to the bottom and back, all the while the fish are swimming all around you in this glass tunnel.

Lucy Cooks is a fabulous Cookery School situated in Staveley Mill Yard, near Kendal in Cumbria, The Lake District. It has a fresh and vibrant approach, where you will be inspired, educated and above all entertained! Whether you're 9 or 90, they offer a whole range of individual one day practical courses and distinctly different demonstrations, designed to suit everyone from novice to Nigella... a course for all reasons and all seasons! A great way to spend the day and go home with a bag full of goodies, cooked by you.

Car’s of The Star’s Museum in Keswick up in the north of the Lake District is one of the many attractions you can visit here, there is also the Pencil Museum, where the story of the old lead mines is told and the lovely Derwentwater pencils and crayons can be purchased. On a fine day walk through the town and towards the Lake and you will find an 18 hole pitch and putt to have fun around.

Puzzling Place is set in a modern upper floor gallery, the lower floor contains a unique collection of over 80 holograms covering a range of subject matter. There are also optical illusions using graphic artwork, painting and sculptures.

Theatre by the Lake at Keswick situated near Derwentwater has changing temporary art exhibitions as well as the variety of plays at the theatre.

Honister Slate Mine on the honister pass is an award winning attraction where you can experience what the mining was all about and for a little bit more you can experience Via Ferrata (an adventure climbing system used widely throughout Europe) – enabling visitors to go higher and further than ever before, a great place to visit in the Lake District.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton in Furness covers 7 hectares and has over 100 species, in the African paddock are the Rhinos, Giraffe and Baboons and the Australian Experience, where you can see Kangaroos Emu’s, Black Swans and Lemurs. Spectacled Bears, Lions and Sumatran and Amur Tigers are among the other animals at the zoo. Telephone 01229 466086

Trotters World of Animals is home to hundreds of wild animals and traditional farm animals, including endangered species, birds of prey and reptiles. There are many undercover areas on this 10 hectare farm. Many of the animals can be hand fed or held. Birds of prey are held here and give flying displays and there are tractor rides, pony rides and a children’s play area.

The World Owl Centre set in the grounds of Muncaster Castle and has over a 100 birds of more than 50 species. CCTV allows you to view the owls whilst they rear their young offspring during the breeding season.

The Armitt Museum in Ambleside covers the lives and work of famous people from the Lake District. It contains over 400 of Beatrix Potters original watercolours.

Adrian Sankey Glass Makers are also based in Ambleside for original hand blown glass.

Bridge House in Ambleside is a tiny two storey early 18th century vernacular stone building bridging Stock Beck, it was built as a summer house or apple store for Ambleside Hall and it’s been said they built it over the river to avoid paying land tax on the building. It has been reportedly used as a counting house for the woollen mill (now the Glass House Restaurant, as featured on Ramsey’s kitchen nightmares). It has been a tea house, a cobbler’s shop and most famously a residence for a chair repairer, his wife and 6 children. It is said to be the smallest house in England. It is now owned by the national trust, with an information centre on the ground floor, an exterior staircase leads to the upper floor with a small exhibition of J.W.M Turner the English landscape artist on display.

Homes of Football opened in 1997 in Ambleside, by photographer Stuart Clarke. The pictures capture the atmosphere of football grounds and the passion of the supporters for their clubs. Showing grounds as they used to be pre and post war and pre-Hillsborough. The collection’s panoramic shots of the grounds and close ups of the crowds are unique and unrivalled. Telephone 01539 4440

Zeffirellis is a cinema house in Ambleside and in the restaurant and bar on a Saturday evening is host to some fabulous Jazz bands. Telephone 01539 431771

Laurel and Hardy Museum in Ulverston home of Stan Laurel is a half hour ride away from Windermere. Ulverston is a lovely market town south of Windermere and has holds many festivals of the year, our favourite being the Dickensian Festival in late November, when they really set the festive mood, with street entertainers and brass bands with many of the people dressed in Victorian Clothes.

These are just some of the Cumbrian attractions and places to visit in the Lake District that you can experience, there are so many you will have to come back to the Lakes time and time again.