Things to do in the Lake District

15th August 2017

Celebrating the Lake District's recent recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we're putting together a series of posts highlighting our wonderful surroundings. Anybody who's ever been will tell you one thing you'll never experience in the Lakes is boredom. With an abundance of walks, heritage attractions and charming towns spread across the most scenic landscape, you'll find yourself faced with plenty of choice. To help make the most of your time, here's a list of five things to do in the Lake District for under £10 per person. Narrowing down the options was a task in itself and whilst there is still more to see, we hope this will give you a few ideas! In no particular order...

1: The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

Adults £8.95 | Children £5.95 | Family tickets available on their website

An absolute hidden gem! The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is based in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, (we know it's not in the Lake District). Celebrating its 25th year, the Oasis was launched by two experienced zoo keepers with a huge passion for animals and their welfare. Open all-year-around, you're navigated through the steps of evolution providing an educational and interactional experience, suitable for any age! From Royal Pythons to the UK's first big cat walkway, this impressive, yet intimate establishment is ran by friendly staff and volunteers who are always happy to answer any questions about the animals.

The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis also offers an array of animal encounters! Head over to their website for more information: http://wildlifeoasis.co.uk/


2: Muncaster Castle

Full season Gardens and Hawk & Owl Centre - check the website for discounted tickets

Spread across 77 acres, the most tranquil gardens in Cumbria: with a blend of cultivated areas, lawns and woodlands, together there are miles of paths and fascinating vistas to discover and explore. And that's just the gardens; you can also visit the stunning historic (and haunted) castle. Dating back to the 13th century it's a magnificent jewel in Cumbria's crown. Make sure you don't miss out on our personal favourite, the embossed leather wallpaper in the dining room. Be amazed at the Hawk and Owl centre, where flying displays take place twice daily during the main season - just make sure you duck when they tell you to!

Once you're on the beautiful west coast you should take a look at the stunning beaches nearby, such as Ravensglass and Seascale - not on this list of things to do in the Lake District, but one for the future.

Book in advance for a discounted price: http://www.muncaster.co.uk/ - and you can even stay at Muncaster Coachman’s Quarters in the gardens (not in the haunted Castle).


3: The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Adults £6.80 return | Children £3.40 return

Enjoy a nostalgic journey when you board the train from Haverthwaite to Lakeside, a distant memory for some and an exciting new experience for others. Jump aboard the train from Haverthwaite station taking you to Lakeside; the southern tip of Windermere, with the journey allowing you to see some of the most stunning scenery in the Lake District. Continue your journey aboard the Windermere steamer to Bowness (and pop in to our shop!), Brockholes (perfect for kids and a very close runner up for our list of things to do in the Lake District), or our very own home village, Ambleside.


4: Holehird Gardens

Admission is by donation -  with a suggestion of £4 per adult

Entirely ran by volunteers of the Lakeland Horticultural Society, Holehird Gardens are set overlooking Windermere which creates an absolutely stunning, scenic place to visit during any season.  Well worth a visit for horticulturalists and families alike, there's plenty to look at, gentle ambling paths and even places for a peaceful picnic. The Walled Garden Display House is new for 2017. From May to September, every Wednesday morning at 11am visitors may join a guided walk around the gardens, led by one of the garden volunteers.

For any visitor information follow the website link: http://holehirdgardens.org.uk/visit


5: Windermere Ferry

Single Pedestrian 50p | Cars £4.40

Last, but by no means least on our list of things to do in the Lake District... We've already mentioned the steamer on Windermere, but if you fancy something a little different you could try the car ferry. The current ferry 'Mallard' carries an impressive 18 cars and offers a unique experience. Reducing traffic on the surrounding narrow roads and easing congestion and pollution, the ferry transports you to the local attractions and facilities without the traffic jams. Operating for over 500 years (we think they've changed the boat in that time), the Windermere ferry offers the opportunity to leave the car behind, cross the lake and head for a scenic walk to Claife Heights on Windermere's western shore. During the summer months there is also a mini bus which runs between the Ferry House and Hawkshead, calling at Beatrix Potters Hill Top House.

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Your favourite things to do in the Lake District

That's just a sprinkling, we'd love to hear from you if you're planning a visit to any of these. Or if you've got other ideas for things to do in the Lake District, please let us know; we'd love to share.

All prices are valid as of July 2017.

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