Children looking for insects in the Lake District copyright Charlie Hedley

Tourism

Tourists from all over the world visit the Lake District National Park for its spectacular scenery, wildlife, history and culture. Tourism is vital to the economy of the area, providing employment and supporting services in local communities. 

Tourism facts and figures

Tourism is the main source of income for Lake District economy. Tourism brings great benefits to the area. Visitors spend money on accommodation, food, drink and leisure activities and indirectly support other business such as wholesalers and the building trade. 

  • Tourism income: In 2014 visitors spent £1,146 million in the Lake District
  • Visitor numbers: In 2014, 16.4 million tourists visited the Lake District
  • Employment: Tourism provided 16,013 jobs (full time equivalents) in the National Park in 2014

Source for all figures: STEAM 2014: Cumbria Tourism

Tourism for all

Like all of our National Parks, the Lake District is meant to be for everyone. We are working to ensure that the area is accessible to anyone who wishes to make use of it. Initiatives include:

  • Guided walks which welcome people with limited mobility or sight problems
  • Footpaths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs - find out more in our Miles without Stiles section.
  • Taking our message to community events such as Preston Mela
  • MOSAIC Champions project working with young people from urban areas on the fringes of the park

Learn more about the UK's 15 National Parks

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For facts and figures about other National Parks, check out National Parks - Learning about (opens in new window).