The Lake District Guide

Things to do and places to go in the English Lake District

Whatever your passion or desire, whether you want to exert yourself or take a stroll, laze by the Lake or work up a sweat in the great outdoors, we can guide you to the finest things to do in the Lakes. With hundreds of amazing attractions, the Lake District certainly has plenty of fun for all the family.

Things to do in the Central Lakes - around Bowness, Windermere and Ambleside

The favourite region of the Lakes, at least if the number of people who come here to enjoy everything the area has to offer is any guide! And, though everywhere in the Lakes is very special, if you're a new visitor, you needn't go any further than the central, easy accessible area around Windermere to find everything you could possibly want to see, do and eat.

Things to do in the Western Lake District - The Cumbrian Coast

Away from the glorious mountain scenery on the Cumbrian cost you'll find a much less busy collection of charming villages, towns, and rural landscapes which offer everything you could need in a Lakes holiday. If you have a few days to explore this region, you'll find it just as rewarding as the areas we traditionally think of as "The Lakes", further inland around Coniston, Ambleside, Bowness and Keswick.

Things to do in the Northern and Eastern Lake District, Keswick and Penrith, Ullswater

Though less visited than the are further west around Bowness and Ambleside, these quieter parts of the Lakes still have much to offer the visitor.

Things to do in the South-western Lakes, including Coniston, The Lake District Peninsulas, and the Cumbrian Coast

This is a quieter corner of the Lakes, but there's no shortage of interesting things to do and places to go. Whether you want a fun day out with the kids at Superbowl in Barrow, a thrilling visit to the South Lakes Wild Animal Par, or a quieter time cruising on Coniston in the Steam Yacht Gondola, our guide to activities will help you decide exactly how to spend your time in this part of the Lakes.

And best of all: our choice of the Lake District's Top Attractions


And don't forget to look at:

Galleries and Exhibitions

Concerts and music

Theatre and Cinema

Stately Homes, Castles, Historic Houses and Churches

Activity Holidays - the physical side of Lakeland fun

We have a page devoted to the more active pastimes you can pursue in the Lakes - mountain biking, horse riding, watersports, kayaking, fell walking, and so on. If you fancy a bit of physical activity, this is the page for you. It includes everything from team building exercises for business to the children's high wire fun at Grizedale forest.