Penrith biking

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.

  • There were 18.14 million tourists to the Lake District in 2022
  • There were 29.15 million tourist days (spending more than three hours) in the Lake District in 2022
  • Tourism revenue for the Lake District in 2022 was £2164 million (£2.164 billion)
  • Source for all figures: 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

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For facts and figures about other National Parks, check out National Parks - Learning about