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23 May 2019

Lake District Tourist Information

The Lake District is one of the most popular destinations for both short breaks and holidays, not only for people across the UK but also tourists from across the world. The stunning National Park and UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, drawing in lovers of outdoors and the arts from all corners of the globe.

It’s not just the spectacular scenery that makes people flock to our fells and many famous lakes, there are also tons of activities and attractions that are ideal for all ages to explore too. Our passionate team here at The Lake District Pound have put together a list of Lake District tourism hot spots that will help you plan your visit.

 

How to Get to The Lake District

 

First things first, how to get to The Lake District before you can start enjoying its many attractions and stunning scenery?

  • By Air - Manchester Airport to the South and Glasgow Airport to the North are the nearest airports offering international flights, while our very own Carlisle Airport is due to open in the near future and will offer flights to London Southend, Belfast and Dublin.

  • By Train -  The Lake District is well connected by rail, this includes the stunning Furness Line which runs along the Cumbrian coast. A West Coast mainline train runs through the East of The Lakes, connecting Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle with London and Glasgow. There’s also a direct train from Manchester to Windermere.

    It’s also worth noting that bikes are allowed to be carried on rail services, so those who are heading to the region to cycle are well-catered for.

  • By Car - The M6 is the main motorway into The Lakes, running to the East of the region. To access the South of The Lake District you should take Junction 36 and follow the A590 then the A591, while Junction 40 and the A66 or A592 will take you to the North.

 

Where to Stay in The Lake District

 

Once you’ve arrived, you’ll need a place to stay unless you’re visiting for the day. Thankfully, there’s a huge choice of establishments at which you can rest your head after a long day of walking and other Lake District activities.

From cosy, secluded cottages and grand hotels to glamourous glamping locations such as Castlerigg Hall, there are also classic camping spots where you can get back to basics. You'll find that there’s a wide variety of spots to stay the night right across the region.

For more information on Lake District accommodation, check out our handy Lake District Pound accommodation article.

 

What to Do in The Lake District

 

Once you’re all settled in, it’s time to start thinking of things to do in The Lake District. One thing’s for sure, you’re never going to be stuck for locations to visit, attractions to see and activities to partake in while visiting our region.

An obvious shout is exploring on and around one of our sixteen famous lakes, with plenty of boating excursions such as the Windermere Lake Cruise and Coniston Boating Centre, while many of the lakes also offer water sport activities too.

If you’re not a lover of the water and dry land is more your thing, don’t worry, there’s also an amazing number of activities for you landlubbers out there.

 

Activities in The Lake District

One of the main locations in The Lakes that you simply must visit is Brockhole on Windermere, an all-action, family-friendly destination that’s packed full of amazing activities for all ages, even the grownups won’t want to go home!

At Brockhole, you’ll find something for everyone. From boat hire and kayak tours to braving the cave and laser clay shooting; Crazi Bugz all-terrain vehicles for kids and bike hire to treetop treks and trails and orienteering - you can even try your hand at a spot of archery.

All of this running around and adventuring works up an appetite, so don’t forget to fuel up at one of our fantastic dog-friendly locations such as Brockhole Café before you leave, drinking in stunning views of Lake Windermere as well as an amazing selection of teas, coffees and locally sourced food.

Another must-visit destination for adventure lovers in The Lake District is Keswick Climbing Wall. Here you’ll find a mix of both outdoor and indoor activities, perfect for planning a day out with our notoriously unpredictable weather in mind!

The site caters for groups and families as well as individuals, with a massive range of activities to keep all age groups happy. This includes; canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, ghyll scrambling, high ropes, indoor climbing and archery among much more.

For a comprehensive list on Lake District activities, check out our Unmissable Lake District Attractions and What’s On in The Lake District articles.

 

Lake District Information Centres

 

If you’re out and about in The Lake District and you’re looking for information on what’s nearby, where to go and how to get there, there’s plenty of amazing information centres dotted about our region. These centres will help you get to where you want to go or allow you to discover some nearby attractions that you perhaps might not have been aware of.

These centres offer a range of services, including; free WiFi, cycling and walking advice, information on both local and national attractions, gifts and souvenirs, gift vouchers and exchange your pounds sterling for our Lake District Pound currency. You’ll also find information on rail, road and bus routes as well as maps, books and walking guides for those exploring The Lakes on foot.

 

Information Centres

 

For further information on tourism in The Lake District, it’s worth checking out the Cumbria Tourism website where you’ll find lots of information on the importance of our tourism industry, events and places to enjoy visiting and spending your Lake District Pound.