Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Bowness-on-Windermere

This masterpiece of 20th century design showcases the very best of the Arts & Crafts Movement alongside contemporary craft exhibitions. Set high above Lake Windermere, with impressive views over the lake, Blackwell inspires everyone who visits. Immerse yourself in the beauty and craftsmanship of its original features, enjoy family friendly activities, and learn about the Edwardian era via interactive augmented realities that bring Blackwell’s history to life.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Kendal

One of Britain’s finest regional art galleries, Abbot Hall is a wonderful place in which to see and enjoy art in the elegantly-proportioned rooms of a Grade I-listed building. Abbot Hall is known for showing an ambitious programme of exhibitions by internationally renowned artists including Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, Grayson Perry and Elisabeth Frink. On permanent display is an impressive collection of 18th, 19th and 20th century art. Its period rooms host a selection of works by Cumbrian-born George Romney, one of the greatest 18th century portrait painters. Conveniently located in Kendal’s town centre, the Gallery enjoys a pretty riverside setting – an inspiring day out for all.

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

Kendal

Step back in time and discover how the people of Cumbria lived, played and worked. The museum’s quirky, colourful collection brings history to life through a wonderful mixture of exhibitions, period rooms and a chance to wander down a Victorian Street, exploring a chemist and toy shop along the way. Other galleries tell the story of the Arts & Crafts Movement and the industrial history of the Lake District and Kendal. You can also discover more about Arthur Ransome, author of Swallows and Amazons. A museum that’s a must-see for anyone interested in the history of this UNESCO World Heritage cultural landscape.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness-on-Windermere

www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk

Windermere is England’s largest lake, in the heart of the Lake District. Windermere Lake Cruises offer cruises from 45 minutes to three hours – or you can spend all day on and around the lake with the fantastic ‘Freedom of the Lake’ ticket.

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

www.lakesiderailway.co.uk

Steam into central Lakeland on the original ‘Park and Ride’. Since 1869, this unique train/boat connection has provided the most spectacular of gateways to the Lake District. Journeying in nostalgic 1950’s carriages, hauled by a fleet of restored and maintained steam locomotives, enjoy a 3.5 mile journey to the foot of Windermere, then onwards to Bowness or Ambleside on one of Windermere Lake Cruises’ elegant steamers.

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Cumbria’s Living Heritage

www.cumbriaslivingheritage.co.uk

Cumbria’s Living Heritage is an exclusive collection of great houses, gardens and cultural attractions in and around the Lake District. With 30 unique properties on offer – from castles, much loved family homes and glorious gardens to the magic of theatre.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

www.tulliehouse.co.uk

Uncover a wealth of information on Carlisle’s rich history, from pre-historic through to Romans, Reivers and railways. Tullie House houses notable collections of Pre-Raphaelite art and Cumbrian wildlife, as well as a contemporary art gallery. The Roman Frontier Gallery brings the unique and internationally important story of Roman rule in the area to life.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

www.wordsworth.org.uk

The poet William Wordsworth once lived at Dove Cottage, a traditional Lakeland cottage that he fell in love with while on a walking tour in 1799. Within a few months of that Lake District tour, Wordsworth had set up home there. The cottage, now a museum, was where the poet produced the most famous and best-loved of his poems.

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The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness-on-Windermere

www.hop-skip-jump.com

At this, the only Beatrix Potter-themed attraction in Europe, discover 23 Tales by Beatrix Potter, brought to life via a magical indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells. Meet Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s garden, discover Jemima Puddle-duck in the woodland glade and visit Mrs. Tiggy-winkle in her kitchen.

Brockhole On Windermere

www.brockhole.co.uk

Be wild and try something new, soar through the sky on a treetop adventure, or splash out on the water. Take in the beauty of Brockhole’s mountain views, taste the best of local food and ale – the ultimate place to make your Lakeland escape memorable.

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