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Things to do in Cumbria

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Cumbria, in northwest England, is a haven for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. At Haven we’re blessed with the excellent Lakeland Leisure Park near the county's coast, meaning that your base for exploring this stunning region is already sorted. 

All that’s left is to fill your itinerary with fun things to do. With its stunning landscapes, charming villages, and an array of outdoor activities, Cumbria certainly doesn’t lack variety. In this guide, we'll explore the top things to do in Cumbria to ensure you make the most of your Lakeland Leisure Park stay.

Lake District Wildlife Park

Lake District Wildlife Park

Address: Bassenthwaite, Keswick CA12 4RD 

For a family-friendly outing, it doesn’t get much better than the Lake District Wildlife Park. This charming park offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of animals, from adorable lemurs and playful kangaroos to majestic birds of prey. 

Explore the park's beautifully landscaped enclosures and enjoy informative talks and demonstrations from the knowledgeable staff. It's a fantastic way to introduce your kids to the wonders of wildlife and conservation while enjoying a fun and educational day out.

Wordsworth Museum Grasmere

Wordsworth Museum Grasmere

Address: Town End, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9PP

A captivating addition to Grasmere's Town End area is the Wordsworth Museum, located in Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth's home from 1799 to 1808. This museum is a treasure trove of artefacts and interactive displays dedicated to the life and influence of the poet William Wordsworth. 

If you're interested in Wordsworth souvenirs, a visit to the Wordsworth shop is a must, where you'll find rare edition books, paintings, postcards, and more.

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Address: Gilsland, Brampton CA8 7DD 

Take a journey to the very north of the county and you’ll find yourself plunged into ancient history at the Birdoswald Roman Fort along Hadrian's Wall. This well-preserved fort offers an immersive look into the lives of Roman soldiers stationed at the northernmost edge of the Roman Empire. 

Explore the extensive ruins, wander along the section of wall, and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest

Address: Grizedale Forest, Ambleside LA22 0QJ 

Grizedale Forest is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, especially mountain bikers. The forest features a ropes course & a sculpture trail, and a network of exhilarating mountain biking trails suitable for all skill levels. 

Whether you're a seasoned rider looking for challenging routes or a beginner seeking a more relaxed ride through the woods, Grizedale Forest has it all. Bike rentals are available on-site, making it easy to ride into the adventure.

Coniston Water

Coniston Water

Address: Lake Rd, Coniston LA21 8AN 

Coniston Water offers a range of activities set against a stunning backdrop of rolling hills. You can enjoy sailing and canoeing on the lake, thanks to the Coniston Boating Centre, which offers rentals and lessons. 

If you’re looking for something more relaxing, take a scenic boat trip on the Steam Yacht Gondola, a beautifully restored Victorian steam-powered yacht. Also, don't miss the opportunity to learn about the area's mining history at the Ruskin Museum in the town. 

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Muncaster Castle and Gardens

Muncaster Castle and Gardens

Address: Ravenglass CA18 1RQ 

Tucked away near the village of Ravenglass, Muncaster Castle is a captivating historical gem. The castle itself boasts a rich history that spans centuries, and the stunning gardens that surround it are a delight to explore for adults and kids alike. 

While wandering through the gardens, be sure to catch one of their spectacular birds of prey displays put on by the Hawk & Owl Centre. Witness eagles, owls, and falcons take to the skies in awe-inspiring demonstrations that provide an up-close encounter with these magnificent creatures.

Carlisle Castle

Address: Castle Way, Carlisle CA3 8UR 

Carlisle, a city steeped in history, is home to the imposing Carlisle Castle. This formidable fortress played a pivotal role in English history, particularly during the era of the Border Reivers and the English Civil War. 

Guided tours offer an opportunity to delve into the castle's storied past, exploring its chambers, battlements, and even a medieval well-house. 

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway 

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway 

Address: Haverthwaite Station Nr, Ulverston LA12 8AL 

Visiting the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is like stepping back in time to a bygone era of steam locomotion and scenic splendour. This heritage railway offers a nostalgic journey through lush woodlands and picturesque countryside. 

Whether you're a railway enthusiast or simply seeking a charming experience, a ride on these vintage steam trains promises a delightful blend of history, natural beauty, and a touch of old-world romance. It's a captivating way to absorb the timeless charm of the region while savouring the rhythmic chug of the locomotive and the stunning vistas that unfold along the way.

Furness Abbey

Furness Abbey, located near Barrow-in-Furness, beckons history enthusiasts and curious travellers alike. Visiting this well-preserved Cistercian monastery is a journey into Britain’s medieval past, where ancient stone arches and hauntingly beautiful ruins transport you to a time of spiritual devotion and architectural grandeur. 

Exploring the abbey's intricate stonework and tranquil surroundings offers a serene escape from the modern world, providing a deeper connection to the history and heritage of Cumbria. 

Lakes Aquarium

Address: Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Ulverston LA12 8AS 

A visit to the Lakes Aquarium in Cumbria is an underwater adventure that's both educational and entertaining. Situated on the shores of Lake Windermere, this attraction offers a fascinating glimpse into the aquatic world of the Lake District. 

From colourful tropical fish to playful otters and curious reptiles, there is a diverse range of marine life on display. It's an ideal destination for families, nature enthusiasts, and anyone curious about the mysteries of underwater ecosystems.

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