The Lake District Guide

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Eating Out

Mountain Walks

Valley/Lakeside Walks

Things To Do, Places To Go
Central Lakes
Western Lakes
Southwest Lakes
North & Eastern Lakes
Cinema & theatre
Galleries & exhibitions
Lake District crafts
Lakes Music and Festivals
Castles & houses
Activity holidays
Spa/therapy breaks
Best things for kids
What's On Guide
Unusual activities
Singing In The Lakes0

General information

English Heritage in the Lake District
Wonderful properties, lovingly cared for.

The National Trust in the Lake District
An organization that works hard to protect our heritage.

Map of the Lake District

Lake District Guide Home Page

Your guide to the best Lakeland fun for children

See also our gallery and exhibition listings, our theatre and cinema page, our music concerts and festivals page, and our monthly what's on guide.

There are so many things for children in the Lake District that it seems almost impossible for them not to have a good time! But here's our selection of the things that may appeal most to the younger members of the family! Click on the links to go down the page and find the relevant section.

Steam Trains & Boats

Places To See

Involving Animals

Get Physical and Have Fun!

Beatrix Potter

Steam Trains and Boats

There are three steam trains in or near the Lakes: Lakeside and Haverthwaite, the Ravenglass and Eskdale, and the South Tynedale.

There are "steamers" on Windermere and Ullswater, and real steam-powered boats on Coniston, and at the Windermere Steamboat Museum.

There are solar powered passenger boats on Coniston and traditional passenger launches on Derwentwater, Windermere and Coniston.

You can hire rowing boats on Grasmere, Coniston and Windermere.

Places To See

Some more favourite children's places in the Lakes - that's to say, the ones that aren't listed above or below - include:

Muncaster Castle

Holker Hall Motor Museum

Sizergh Castle

Sellafield Discovery Centre (that's at the infamous nuclear power station on the Cumbrian Coast which used to be called Windscale. I assume they changed the name to distance it from Windscale's appalling safety record).

Grizedale Forest Park

Lakeland Miniature Village

Brockholes Visitor Centre

Whinlatter Forest Park

Honister Slate Mine

Involving Animals

The South Lakeland Wildlife Park

The Aquarium of the Lakes

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

Lakeland Bird Of Prey Centre

Trotters World of Animals

Docker Park Farm

The Lakeland Sheep and Wool Visitors Centre

The Ospreys at Whinlatter Forest Park

Get Physical and Have Fun

Go Ape, a high wire forest adventure in Grizedale Forest

"Active Woods" activities in Whinlatter and Grizedale Forest Parks

Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter Exhibition, Bowness

Beatrix Potter's House House, near Hawkshead

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