Your guide to things to do and places
to go in the North and Eastern Lakes
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The Beacon Museum (Whitehaven)
You can discover the maritime, industrial
and social history of this fascinating town, with its mining and
shipbuilding legacy, and its American connections and links to the world
of slavery. You can also enjoy the harbour views and try forecasting the
weather from the top floor! There's an art gallery, cafe and shop.
Open: Tuesday - Sunday & school and bank holiday Mondays. Easter - Oct
10.00-17.30 Nov - Mar 10.00-16.30
The Beacon Museum, West Strand, Whitehaven, CA28 7LY
Directions: From A595 follow town centre and brown museum signs to
harbour. Or if you come by train, it's a 10 minute walk from the mainline
Phone: 01946 592302
The Lake District Coast Aquarium
A highly praised all-weather attraction
that has something for everyone. Like many places these days, this
aquarium has a touchy-feely side to it: in this case, the rays and
starfish give you a "real feel" for the marine environment. If you want to
know what's going on in the waters around our shores, this is the place to
see it! Outside crazy golf and adventure playpark. All tickets allow
re-entry for talks and fish feeding.
Open: 7 days a week 10.00-17.00 Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
Directions: On historical Maryport harbourside, NW Cumbrian coast, 30
minutes scenic drive from Keswick.
Phone: 01900 817760
Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre
An indoor attraction, which is both fun &
educational, with a live farm show! There are 19 breeds of sheep, geese &
a dairy cow to enjoy, also working dogs. With a large gift shop with
sheepskin products and all kinds of sheepish things, and a cafe serving
hot meals and snacks, there's enough to keep all members of the family
entertained for a few hours.
Open: Daily 0930-1730. Shows at 10.30, noon, 14.00,15.30, Sunday to
Thursday March - October.
Directions: M6 Junction 40. Head west, A66. Sits on roundabout of
A66/A5086 at Cockermouth.
Phone: 01900 822673
Founded in 1122, the Cathedral's glories
include the East Window, the Brougham Triptych - a magnificent 16th
century carved Flemish altarpiece - and fine painted panels depicting the
lives of Saints. The 15th century choir stalls are notable examples of
medieval carving. Treasury exhibition. Gift Shop and Restaurant.
Open: Monday-Saturday 07.40-18.15, Sunday 07.40-17.00 Bank Holidays
10.00-18.15 (Summer) 10.00-16.00 (Winter)
Directions: Carlisle city centre, car parks nearby. Railway and Bus
station 10 minutes walk. M6 Junctions 42, 43, 44.
Phone: 01228 548151
Trotters World of Animals (near Keswick)
A wildlife experience with hourly
presentations and demonstrations. You can watch the otters, apes and
monkeys, and see flying displays by eagles, vultures and other birds of
prey. There are many other exotic animals including lynx, zebra and
buffalo. Indoor and outdoor playcentres, and there's a tearoom and picnic
Open: Mar - Oct 10.00-17.00, Nov - Feb 11.00-16.30
Directions: North of Bassenthwaite Lake, 7 miles from Keswick. Follow the
brown tourist signs on A591 and A66 at end of lake.
Phone: 017687 76239
Mirehouse Historic House & Gardens
This is a beautiful country house with lakeside paths, poetry walk and a
walled garden with heather maze. It has links with the Lakes poets,
including Tennyson, and a fascinating collections of manuscripts and
furniture. And besides being in a beautiful spot, its tea room is highly
Open: April-October inclusive. Gardens daily 10.00-17.30 House: Sundays,
Wednesdays (also Fridays in August) 14.00 -17.00 (Last entry 16.30).
Groups welcome by appointment.
Mirehouse, Keswick, CA12 4QE
Directions, On A591 3.5 miles north of
Cumberland Pencil Museum (Keswick)
This museum tells you all about the
history of a local industry - "lead pencil" making, though in fact pencils
are actually made from graphite. This long-established industry has been
in the fabric of Keswick for 170 years, and the history and development of
the pencils industry make for an interesting hour or two in the museum. It
also caters well for children, with a quiz trail, the chance to learn
artists' techniques, films and exhibitions. There is, as you might expect,
a gift shop. Free parking.
Open: 09.30-16.00 last admission. Opening hours may be extended during the
peak periods. (Closed 25 and 26 December and 1 January).
The Cumberland Pencil Museum, Southey Works, Keswick, CA12 5AG
Directions: Close to town centre, 300 metres west of bus station. Follow
brown tourist signs.
Phone: 017687 73626
Email: See website Web:
Honister Slate Mine (Borrowdale)
The last working slate mine in England
and a great all-weather attraction. You can go deep underground on a fully
guided mine tour. Witness the clogs (that's not footwear, it's the
newly-mined slate!) being transformed into roofing slate. We went down a
few years ago and enjoyed the trip enormously - we've always enjoyed
exploring the Lakes' mining industries. Here you can get a feel for what
it must have been like, although of course the conditions in which the old
miners worked were far more primitive than anything you'll see now. Browse
the visitor centre or visit the Yew Tree country pub and restaurant
serving good food in a pleasant environment. A Top Attraction!
Open: 7 days, 09.00-17.00. Mine tours 10.30, 12.30, 15.30. Booking
essential in busy summer months.
Directions: From Keswick, follow B5289 through Borrowdale & Rosthwaite to
the top of Honister Pass.
Phone: 017687 77230
This is a historic house based on a medieval pele tower with substantial additions in
the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, set in the remains of Inglewood Forest,
with a beautiful walled garden, 17th century dovecote, and woodland walk.
What can you see? Well, there are collections of furniture,
ceramics, tapestries and portraits. And there's the Cloisters Tearoom. Hutton is
well worth a visit if you're in the area and you like to
explore old properties, beautiful woodlands, gardens and enjoy tea shops!
Open: Gardens daily 11.00-17.00 except Saturday, Apr - Oct. House 12.30-16,00
Wed, Thurs, Sun & Bank Holidays, 12 Apr - 1 Oct.
Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, CA11 9TH
Directions: 2.5 miles north west of M6 Jct 41 on the B5305.
Phone: 017684 84449
firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.hutton-in-the-forest.co.uk
Ullswater Steamers (Ullswater)
The official publicity for the Ullswater
says that these "steamers" (though they are propelled by diesel engines
these days) remain the perfect way to enjoy England's most beautiful lake.
I think I agree with that, though walking the length of the lake is pretty
good too! Our family has always enjoyed the more tranquil and laid-back
atmosphere of Ullswater. It's not that it's more beautiful than
Windermere, but the atmosphere is different, perhaps because it's just
that bit more remote - at least the day trips that get as far as Bowness
and Ambleside don't get over Kirkstone Pass to Ullswater.
The first time I sailed on these boats, "The Lady of The Lake" was lying
on the bottom of the lake, as it had been for many years. Now it's been
restored to perfect condition, like its counterpart "Raven", and they've
been joined by two more boats. You can leave the hustle and bustle behind
aboard one of these beautiful heritage boats, and their convenient sailing
times all year will let you connect quiet walks through picturesque
Lakeland scenery with rugged mountain landscapes. A Top Attraction!
Open: Times vary according to season, please call for up to date sailing
Ullswater Steamers, The Pier House, Glenridding, Cumbria, CA11 0US
Directions: 5 miles from MIS junction 40. 11 miles from Windermere, just
Phone: 017684 82229
Rheged: Enter into the Spirit of
This award-winning attraction is home to a giant cinema screen showing up
to 5 spectacular movies daily; 12 carefully selected shops; restaurants; a
children's indoor play area; and the gateway tourist information centre.
regular events to enjoy (which you can find on the website.). Home to the National Mountaineering Exhibition, it's
Europe's largest grass covered building! Free parking and free entry to
Open: Daily 10.00-17.30 (except Christmas Day). Call for details of regular
Directions: Just two minutes from the M6 (J40) at Penrith or a short bus
or taxi journey from Penrith Railway Station.
Rheged, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0DQ
Phone: 01768 868000
email@example.com Web: www.rheged.com
South Tynedale Railway (Alston)
Preserved steam trains are always fun for
the children, and this one has the advantage of being in a very beautiful
spot indeed. You can enjoy a train journey along the beautiful
South Tyne valley between Alston and Kirkhaugh, in the North Pennines area
of outstanding natural beauty. The trains are hauled by preserved steam and diesel
locomotives from Britain and overseas. There's a railway shop in the restored Victorian
station. Free parking. Picnic area.
Open: Weekends Easter - October and daily in summer peak season. Enquire
for other dates and train times.
Directions: A686, A689 or B6277 to Alston. The station is on the Hexham Road.
Phone: 01434 381696
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