Places to visit and attractions in the Lake District National Park

A taste of the lakes  

England's largest National Park is a gem of a place to visit. There are breathtaking lakes, soaring mountains - known locally as 'fells', picturesque valleys and even sandy coastline.

Each lake and valley has a distinct character of its own. We would love you to share your experiences, pictures and videos with us through TwitterFacebook or Instagram.

Popular regions in the Lake District...

There are many attractions and places to visit in the Lake District, covering a wide area which is just waiting for you to explore!

To make it easier to find the best attractions in the Lake District National Park, we have split them up into the most popular sections. This way you can easily plan out your visit and make the most of your stay.

Explore Coniston

Coniston water is the third longest lake in the Lake District. Get onto the water with boat tours, motor boats, rowing boats, kayaks and paddleboards to hire. Its also a great place for walking and hiking, with guided walks to help show you the way.

Things to do around Coniston
Wheel of a steamer © Dave Willis

Explore Windermere and Ambleside

Enjoy the stunning mountain views. Admire the gardens at Brockhole and take part in a selection of family fuelled activities.

Things to do in Windermere and Ambleside
Wheel of a steamer © Dave Willis

Explore Derwentwater and Keswick

Visit Keswick, a bustling market town at the north end of Derwent lake, correctly named Derwentwater. Or explore the quiet valley of Borrowdale at the southern end

Things to do in Derwentwater and Keswick

Explore Grasmere and Rydal

Grasmere and Rydal just north of Ambleside, are two of the smaller more peaceful lakes to visit. Grasmere village is full of charm, places to stay and eat and the famous Grasmere gingerbread shop!

Things to do around Grasmere and Rydal
Wheel of a steamer © Dave Willis

Explore Ullswater

Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, Ullswater is a popular starting point for walkers and climbers.

Things to do in Ullswater and Glenridding
Wheel of a steamer © Dave Willis

Explore the Langdale Valley

Home to a breath-taking valley, countless walking and camping hotspots, Langdale Valley is a perfect destination for those that love the outdoors.

Things to do in Langdale Valley
Wheel of a steamer © Dave Willis

Explore North Lakes

North Lakes is possibly the most peaceful part of the district with many features of historical interest to be explored. Visit Buttermere, Crummock, Loweswater and Bassenthwaite lakes.

Things to do in North Lakes
Wheel of a steamer © Dave Willis

Explore Wastwater

Surrounded by mountains, Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike, Wastwater is the deepest and perhaps the most awe-inspiring of all the lakes.

Things to do in Wastwater

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Featured place to visit

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre

Brockhole gardens

Have a great day out at Brockhole! Explore 30 acres of stunning gardens, hire bikes for the family, enjoy lake Windermere by canoe, kayak or rowing boat and let the children blow off some steam on the adventure playground or Treetop Nets!

Visit the Brockhole website

Child on a kayak on Lake Windermere

Wheel of a steamer © Dave Willis

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