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Visit Cumbria

There's plenty to see and do

A place of beauty and colour, Cumbria is considered by many to be the most awe-inspiring county in England, where rolling hills meet with calm lakes. As well as the Lake District National Park, Cumbria includes the city of Carlisle and coastal towns like Whitehaven, Barrow-in-Furness, Maryport and Workington leading up to the UK’s border with Scotland. Quiet little villages with welcoming pubs and luxury restaurants are within easy reach of busy coastal towns where you’ll find harbours, golf clubs and pretty floral parks.

William Wordsworth was inspired by the scenery of Cumbria to write poems such as ‘Daffodils’. You can follow in his footsteps, and wander lonely as a cloud amongst the beautiful fields and meadows that make Cumbria so popular with walkers, hikers and cyclists.

You’ll find historic houses in abundance, from Wordsworth’s own childhood home to the mock-Gothic Wray Castle on the shores of Lake Windermere. Learn about Beatrix Potter’s life in the Lakes, and how her surroundings inspired her much-loved children’s stories, or view Coniston from the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola which offers tours departing from Coniston Pier.

Cumbria is a place where outdoor activities are the top attraction, and where you’ll have the opportunity to find and photograph a variety of native wildlife. Yet, natural and historic attractions aren’t the only ones on offer. The South Lakes Wild Animal Park is described as a ‘unique open zoo’, where visitors can enjoy a safari experience on foot, and other Cumbria attractions range from the Pencil Museum to the Honister Slate Mine.

Children will love the World of Beatrix Potter, and all ages can enjoy the performances at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake. From farm parks to breweries, there’s so much to see and do in Cumbria.

Top local attractions

Hutton in the Forest
Hutton in the Forest Penrith, Cumbria
Derwent Island and House
Derwent Island and House Lake Derwentwater, Cumbria
Hill Top Farm
Hill Top Farm Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside
Sizergh Castle and Gardens
Sizergh Castle and Gardens Sizergh, near Kendal
Muncaster Castle and Garden
Muncaster Castle and Garden Ravenglass, Cumbria
Fell Foot Park
Fell Foot Park Newby Bridge, Windermere
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Hotels in Cumbria

Ideal for:
  • Leisure
Keswick, Cumbria
Relax, unwind and get away from it all in The Derwentwater Hotel. From the conservatory you can enjoy a very pleasant stroll down to the waterside.
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  • Restaurants
Windermere, Cumbria
This historic hotel opened in 1847 at the same time as the railway line to Oxenholme. Today The Windermere Hotel is a charming reminder of the era.