Out and about

Places to visit in Lake District

If you're looking for a getaway with some truly stunning scenery to explore, there are few places in the UK that compare to a Lake District holiday. Famous for the breathtaking mountains, hillsides and lakes that give the region its name, you may be surprised to know that you can also find plenty of beaches in the Lake District, helping to make it one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, and one that draws around 15.8 million visitors every year. A trip to the Lake District has to include a visit to two of its most iconic landmarks: the Old Man of Coniston and Scafell Pike.

Lots to see and do

Our top picks

There are lots of fabulous places to visit, using Haven holiday parks as your base. From beautiful beaches and landscapes to places of interest like historical sites and nature trails, or attractions like theme parks and wildlife parks - there are choices to suit the whole family. Check out our top picks.
2 Girls playing in the sand

Beaches

Bardsea Beach

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Bardsea beach, on the edge of Morecambe Bay, has an area of shingle and seamlessly endless sand. There is plenty of space on the beach and a long coastal path to enjoy the beautiful landscape. Dogs are allowed and parking is next to the beach.

Address:

Bardsea Beach, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 9RB

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 16 miles from Lakeland
Aerial view of Kendal castle

Places of interest

Kendal

Just 9 miles from Windermere, Kendal has a great selection of shopping arcades, two castles, two museums and a host of historical buildings and bridges. Take in the views as you enjoy the town's most famous export: Kendal Mint Cake.

Address:

Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, Highgate, Cumbria, LA9 4DL

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 18 miles from Lakeland
A school of fish at Lakes Aquarium

Attractions

Lakes Aquarium

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Discover sealife of the world or take part in a virtual dive.

Address:

Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8AS

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 10 miles from Lakeland
A red and white boat on Lake Windermere

Places of interest

Lake Windermere

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At 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Enjoy a cruise, hire a motorboat or soak up the views.

Address:

Lake Windermere, Windermere LA23 3PP

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 13 miles from Lakeland
Peter Rabbit in the garden

Attractions

The World of Beatrix Potter

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Meet Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and friends as Beatrix Potter's tales are brought to life.

Address:

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3BX

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 17 miles from Lakeland
A white riverboat on Windermere Lake

Attractions

Windermere Lake Cruises

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Enjoy the spectacular views on Lake Windermere with cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours.

Address:

Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8AS

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 10 miles from Lakeland
Buttermere Lake reflection at sunrise

Places of interest

Buttermere Lake

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Buttermere – the lake by the dairy pastures – is 1 1/2 miles long, 3/4 of a mile wide and 75 feet deep. The classic combination of lakes and mountains makes this a popular site with visitors. Buttermere offers some of the best walking country in Lakeland. There is a footpath running round the perimeter of the lake, and lovely walks to the summits of Haystacks and Red Pike.

Address:

Lake Windermere, Buttermere, Cockermouth CA13 9XA

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 50 miles from Lakeland
Cartmel Village square

Attractions

Cartmel Village

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A vibrant historic village situated in one of England’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty. Cartmel is the home of Sticky Toffee and home to a wide variety of traditional Lakeland inns, tea rooms and cutting edge gourmet restaurants.

Address:

Cartmel Village, The Square, Cartmel, Cumbria LA11 6QB

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 4 miles from Lakeland
A white riverboat on Windermere Lake

Attractions

Go Ape

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Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Grizedale Forest offers an unrivalled day out with four unparalleled experiences to let loose on. Join in our leafy hangouts for an unforgettable adventure, let loose, have a laugh, and reconnect with your Tribe.

Address:

Go Ape Grizedale, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 15 miles from Lakeland
A view of Holker Hall from the gardens

Attractions

Holker Hall and Gardens

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A fascinating historic house and family home, Holker Hall and Gardens is set in 25 acres of romantic formal and woodland gardens, and ancient parkland, with the famous herd of Menil fallow deer showcasing nature at it’s most graceful. Holker offers beautiful landscaped grounds, adventure playground & picnic area. Holker's Food Hall stocks the very finest local produce, including Holker’s own seasonal meats and cheese.

Address:

Holker Estate, Cark-in-Cartmel, Nr Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 7PL

Open dates: 23 March -  28 October
Distance from park: 2 miles from Lakeland
Classic car display at Lakeland Motor Museum

Attractions

Lakeland Motor Museum

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Nestled in the scenic Leven Valley and housed in a converted mill in the heart of the Lake District, Lakeland Motor Museum is home to the fascinating collection of over 30,000 exhibit. The local history, period shopping displays and authentic recreations make this a unique experience for the family.

Address:

Lakeland Motor Museum Limited, Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8TA

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 10 miles from Lakeland
Picturesque Tarn Hows

Places of interest

Tarn Hows

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Stunning Tarn Hows offers an accessible circular (1¾ miles) walk through beautiful countryside with majestic mountain views. A great place to walk and picnic, or to begin your wider Lake District countryside adventure. There are also rare Belted Galloway cattle and sturdy Herdwick sheep grazing by the tarn.

Address:

Glen Mary Bridge, Coniston LA21 8DP

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 22 miles from Lakeland