Where to start with a list of attractions in the Lake District? Suffice to say that if you are a lover of walking, nature, history or the great outdoors in general, you will be spoilt for choice here. Windermere is considered to be the very heart of the Lake District and the perfect base for discovering the area’s plentiful treasures. Windermere town is just a short stroll from the hotel, offering an array of traditional pubs and welcoming eateries, souvenir and antique shops and other sights and attractions to keep any visitor busy.
But it is the sights in and around England’s largest lake that most people come to see. It is an easy 20-minute stroll from the hotel, and the breathtaking views make it a very worthwhile endeavour. Take a cruise on one of the famous launches across to pretty Ambleside, or if you are feeling really adventurous, a kayak is a fantastic way to see the lake (on a calm, sunny day!) Kayak and canoe hire is available at the lakeside in Bowness and other sites around the lake. Below you will find a few other suggestions for sights you may like to see during your stay.
Townend is a striking Lakeland slate farmhouse, set on the side of a hill, and was once home to the Browne family. A 17th
century home, it’s now a National Trust property filled with tools, exhibits and furnishings that give an insight into how the Brownes would have lived. This is a family-friendly attraction, complete with plenty for children to enjoy, and staff will regularly light the fire in the original house kitchen. After you’ve viewed the house, you might also want to take a walk around the farm gardens or buy a plant or second-hand book. Visit their website
Wonderfully furnished, looking exactly as it did when Beatrix Potter lived, this remarkable 17th
century farmhouse was her much-loved home. It’s a time capsule containing all of her favourite things, and is surrounded by the countryside features that inspired her stories and paintings. This National Trust attraction was bought by Beatrix Potter with the money she earned from the Tale of Peter Rabbit. Visitors can enjoy the house and its floral gardens before stopping at the Beatrix Potter shop to buy gifts, souvenirs, books and toys. Nearby, you’ll also find the Beatrix Potter Gallery with her paintings on display. Visit their website
Sizergh Castle and Gardens
Sizergh Castle is an imposing medieval building at the gateway to the Lake District, with fort towers and a limestone rock garden. Views over Morecambe Bay, old portraits and antique furnishings are just a few of the appealing features that you’ll have a chance to enjoy. The castle is home to the Strickland family, and includes an on-site café where you can buy light meals made with fresh local produce. The gardens are ideal for walks with woodland, a lake, a pond and orchards. As a National Trust property, the castle also plays host to a variety of events to entertain all ages. Visit their website
Fell Foot Park
Located on the dramatic shore of Lake Windermere, Fell Foot Park is an attraction for all ages. Enjoy water sports, picnics and boating in the heart of the Lake District, or buy an ice cream and purchase gifts from the on-site shop. The park grounds are alive with colourful flowers and interesting plants all year, and a café serves a selection of drinks, snacks and light meals.
Muncaster Castle and Garden
Home to one of Europe’s largest collections of rhododendrons, along with the World Owl Centre, this sensational castle is said to be haunted and is one of the most popular attractions in Cumbria. Visitors can enjoy this 18th
century castle and its extensive surrounding gardens, complete with a maze and playground for youngsters. During your visit, be sure to find the café and gift shop. Visit their website
Holker Hall and Gardens
The home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, Holker Hall is a wonderful stately home set in 25 acres of landscaped gardens and 200 acres of natural parkland. Amongst the grounds you’ll find a walled kitchen garden and an arboretum. Admire impressive Victorian architecture and events that include the Holker Garden Festival. Select local delicacies and savour the flavours of the Lake District by buying farm products from the food hall or dining in the restaurant, before buying souvenirs from Holker Hall’s gift shop. Visit their website