91 attractions you should visit in Cumbria - With photos & details

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The largest and most widespread industry in Cumbria is tourism. The Lake District National Park alone receives some 15.8 million visitors every year.World-famous for its beautiful lakes and mountainous fells, carved out long ago by glaciers, the Lake District today is a playground for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Abbot HallKirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, UK
Museums
Art Galleries

Abbot Hall is one of Britain's preeminent small art galleries, set in a beautifully restored Grade I-listed Georgian house on the banks of the River Kent in Kendal.  The building is a Grade I listed Georgian villa on the banks of the River Kent in the historic town of Kendal, gateway to the Lake District. The building contains the highly popular Spirit of 76 painting, the original 1684 Town Deed, a Maritime Museum, Sign Museum, numerous displays and artwork related to the Town, and a Gift Shop.

Aira Force WaterfallMatterdale, Penrith CA11 0JY, UK
Waterfalls

Aira Force was one of the more attractive waterfalls in the Lake District of Northern England with a  20m cumulative height. Aira Force provides a glimpse of a landscaped Victorian park with dramatic waterfalls, arboretum and rocks scenery. The main force falls 70 feet from below a stone footbridge and is on land owned by the National Trust. This is the perfect place for a family walk and picnic. From exploring the woods and splashing through streams and so more.

Bassenthwaite LakeBassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, UK
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Bassenthwaite Lake, owned by the National Park Authority, is one of the largest at 4 miles long and 3/4 mile wide, but also one of the shallowest. It is the most northerly of the lakes and has no major settlements on its shores. It is often full of sailing boats from Bassenthwaite Sailing Club. This Lake is a very important place for wildlife. Hundreds of birds including the osprey migrate to the lake and fish such as Atlantic salmon come to Bassenthwaite Lake to spawn.

BaystonesBaystones, Windermere LA23 1PN, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Baystones is a summit in the Lake District – Far Eastern Fells region or range in England. Baystones (Wansfell) is 486 metres high. All the walking routes up Baystones (Wansfell) on Mud and Routes can be found below.  One of the nice trekking destination and also you can spend some good times there.

Beatrix Potter Gallery and HawksheadMain St, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NS, UK
Art Galleries

The Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead is one of the National Trust‘s more unusual properties in that it has an interesting link with Beatrix Potter herself. On display are original sketches and watercolors painted by Potter for her children's stories as well as artifacts and information relating to her life and work. The display changes annually. The 17th-century building is listed as grade II. It was at one time the law office of Potter's husband, William Heelis. Its interior remains substant

BlackwellBlackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3JT, UK
Iconic Buildings
Art Centres

Blackwell mansion is one of England’s most important surviving houses from the turn of the 20th century and is a superb example of Arts and Crafts movement architecture, with most of the original decorative interiors still intact.  Almost all of Blackwell’s original features survive, along with immaculate furniture and beautiful decorative flourishes. With a peaceful, tranquil setting and tremendous views over Windermere and the Coniston Fells, the house never fails to inspire.

Blea TarnBlea Tarn, Ambleside LA22 9PG, UK
Outdoors- Other
1 Day Treks

Blea Tarn lies high above Great Langdale on the pass to Wrynose. This walk offers a great opportunity for all to get out into the fells safely, while enjoying brilliant views of Lingmoor and Pike of Blisco and other surrounding Langdale fells. One of the picturesque location which offers immense natural beauty and also you can spend some nice time there.

BlencathraBlencathra, Keswick CA12 4SU, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Blencathra is one of the most famous of all the Lake District mountains. One of the most northerly fells, it stands proudly over Keswick and was the star of popular documentary Life of a Mountain: Blencathra. There are also lots of options for climbing it, ranging from the challenging to the relatively straightforward. It has six separate fell tops, of which the highest is the Hallsfell Top at 2,848 feet.

BowfellBowfell, Seascale LA20 6EQ, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Bowfell is a summit in the Lake District – Southern Fells region or range in England. Bowfell is 902 meters high. All the walking routes up Bowfell on Mud and Routes can be found below. The top can be identified by the rib of rock 5m NE of the cairn. Other Notes: . Bowfell is a child summit of Scafell Pike. One of the nice trekking destinations and also you can spend some nice time by enjoying the beautiful views out from here.

BrantwoodBrantwood, Coniston LA21 8AB, UK
Iconic Buildings

Brantwood is a historical house, museum and centre for the arts, also offering a wedding venue and self-catering accommodation with views over Coniston. It was the home of John Ruskin, one of the greatest figures of the Victorian age. Ruskin was a poet, an artist, a critic, a social revolutionary and a conservationist.

Brockhole on Windermere, The Lake District Visitor CentreThe Lake District Visitor Centre, Ecclerigg, Windermere LA23 1LJ, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Brockhole on Windermere, The Lake District Visitor Centre is a visitor centre and tourist attraction managed by the Lake District National Park Authority set in 30 acres of magnificent terraced gardens and grounds stretching down to the shore of Windermere lake, with splendid views of the surrounding countryside. The centre organises a number of activities, including orienteering, kayaking and open water swimming, as well as regular exhibitions.

Brothers WaterBrothers Water, Penrith CA11 0NZ, UK
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Brothers Water is in the Hartsop valley and is a small lake in the eastern region of the Lake District. The lake is located at the foot of Kirkstone Pass, where the road climbs from the valley of Patterdale before descending to the more visited areas of Ambleside and Windermere. The small lake sustains a trout population and is one of four locations in the Lake District to harbour a rare species of fish, the Schelly.

ButtermereButtermere, Cockermouth CA13, UK
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Buttermere is a lake in the Lake District in North West England. The classic combination of lakes and mountains has made this popular with visitors since the beginning of tourism in the Lake District.  The popular lake is regularly voted as one of the country’s favourite views.

Carlisle CastleCastle Way, Carlisle CA3 8UR, UK
Iconic Buildings

Carlisle Castle is a great medieval fortress that has watched over the City of Carlisle for over nine centuries. Uncover a fascinating history through lively exhibitions, offering an insight into William Rufus, Mary Queen of Scots, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. the castle still plays a prominent role in Cumbria as one of its best-loved landmarks. With an exhibition, a program of guided tours, beautiful medieval carvings, a dungeon, a picnic area, a unique gift shop, and being so close to Hadrian's

Carlisle Cathedral7 Abbey St, Carlisle CA3 8TZ, UK
Churches

Carlisle Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral in the city of Carlisle, in Cumbria, in northwest England. It is the seat of the bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Carlisle. The building is constructed of red sandstone. Large scale restoration was carried out in 1853-7. The present structure has lost the greater part of its original nave, destroyed by the Scots in the 17th century.

Castle CragCastle Crag, Keswick CA12 5XA, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Castle Crag is a hill in the North Western Fells of the English Lake District. It is the smallest hill included in Alfred Wainwright's influential Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, the only Wainwright below 1,000 feet. This route follows the terrace path above the lovely Borrowdale Valley. A short diversion takes you up to Castle Crag via a short but fairly steep zigzag path of loose slate. The route drops through the Jaws of Borrowdale down to the River Derwent below and follows the river

Castlerigg Stone CircleCastle Ln, Keswick CA12 4RN, UK
Outdoors- Other
Monuments

Castlerigg is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop. It is not just its location that makes this one of the most important British stone circles. Thought to have been constructed about 3000 BC, it is potentially one of the earliest in the country. Taken into guardianship in 1883, it was also one of the first monuments in the country to be recommended for preservation by th

CatbellsCatbells, Keswick CA12 5UG, UK
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Outdoors- Other

Cat Bells is a fell in the English Lake District in the county of Cumbria.  It has a modest height of 451 m but despite this, it is one of the most popular fells in the area.  Its distinctive shape catches the attention of many visitors to the Lakes who feel compelled to climb to the summit after seeing it from the viewpoint of Friars' Crag on the opposite side of Derwentwater.

Coast to Coast WalkSt Bees, Saint Bees CA27 OET, UK
Outdoors- Other

The Coast to Coast Path was devised by Alfred Wainwright, as an alternative to the north-south Pennine Way. It covers 190 miles from the sea cliffs of St Bees on the Irish Sea through three national parks to Robin Hood’s Bay’s fishing village on the North Sea.  This is the more popular direction, and the one given in the original and most of the current guides, and is the direction which keeps the prevailing wind and rain at one's back, and the evening sun out of one's eyes.

Coniston WaterConiston Water, United Kingdom
Lake/ River/ Ponds

A beautiful lake located in a picturesque location which is about half a mile down from the village, where you can hire boats and bikes from Coniston Boating Centre. There are shops, pubs, and places to eat in the village, and a range of guest houses, B and Bs and holiday cottages in Coniston and nearby. More recently Coniston Water was used to transport slate and ore from the many mines worked in the Coppermines Valley above Coniston village. It has three small islands, all owned by the Nationa

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