The Lake District National Park is a major tourist destination for both UK and overseas visitors. In 2007 8.3 million visitors came to enjoy the spectacular landscape and rich cultural heritage in a peaceful setting.
Although it attracts many visitors, the Lake District is not a “visitor attraction”. It does not charge an entrance fee nor is it owned or managed by a single organisation. It is an area of land which is half as big again as Greater London. It measures approximately 40 miles from north to south and is 30 miles wide. As well as spectacular hills, lakes and woodlands it has towns, villages, farms and businesses and it is home to 40,800 residents.
The most popular attractions in the Lake District according to research by Cumbria Tourism in 2012 were:
Source: Cumbria Tourism - Visitor Attractions Monitor. Please note this only includes visitor attractions who provided data for 2012 and gave permission for their figures to be published. Some visitor numbers may be estimated.
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