Cool sunglasses on the Brockhole cafe terrace copyright Dave Willis

Places to go around Windermere

From family-friendly attractions and lazy days by the lake, to historic houses and beautiful gardens, Windermere and its surroundings has it all!

By the lake

Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre

Enjoy the famous adventure playground, Tree Top Nets and Treks, lakeside setting, fabulous gardens, gift shop and cafe with good pushchair and wheelchair access. Free admission. Pay and display car park.

Where?: Between Windermere and Ambleside, overlooking Windermere
Website: Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre (opens in new window)

Fell Foot Park

This Victorian park, restored to its former glory, offers substantial access to the lakeshore, where there are leisure facilities. Fine picnic areas and rowing boat hire make it an ideal day out for families.

Where?: Near Newby Bridge.
Website: Fell Foot Park (opens in new window)


Lakes Aquarium

Go on a journey of discovery! Set on the lakeshore, this award winning attraction has the UK's largest collection of freshwater fish.

Where?: at Lakeside, Newby Bridge
Website: Lakes Aquarium (opens in new window)

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

Hard working steam locomotives travel three and half miles into the Leven Valley. Take a return journey or combine your trip with a lake cruise or a visit to the Aquarium of the Lakes.

Where?: near Newby Bridge
Website: Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway (opens in new window)

Treetop Trek Aerial Adventure

Adventurer flying through the air on Treetop Trek

Enjoy rope bridges, wobbling logs and zip wires. Between Windermere and Ambleside.

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World of Beatrix Potter

An indoor re-creation of the Lakeland countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells. All of Beatrix Potter's tales are brought to life in three dimensions.

Where?: Bowness
Website: World of Beatrix Potter (opens in new window)

Historic houses and museums

Beatrix Potter's Hill Top and Gallery

Children's author, artist, farmer and conservationist. Find out more about this amazing woman and the real places which so inspired her.

Where?: Far Sawrey
Website: National Trust - Hill Top (opens in new window)


Overlooking the lake, this Arts and Crafts housel has fine examples of decorative arts, furniture and objects inspired by nature. There are superb examples of stained glass, carved oak and iron work.

Where?: near Bowness
Website: Blackwell (opens in new window)

Stott Park Bobbin Mill - English Heritage

A fully working Victorian mill, Stott Park is typical of the many mills which once supplied the spinning and weaving industry.

Where: near Lakeside
Website: Stott Park Bobbin Mill (opens in new window)

Townend - National Trust

Typical Lakeland farmer's house from the seventeenth century with all original interiors, woodwork and domestic implements.

Where?: Troutbeck
Website: Townend (opens in new window)


Graythwaite Hall Gardens

Laid out in the late nineteenth century, the Arts and Crafts garden is a delight. In spring the rhododendrons, azaleas and flowering shrubs are in glorious bloom.

Where?: West side of Windermere
Website: Graythwaite Hall Gardens (opens in new window)

Holehird Gardens

Ten acres of a huge variety of alpines, heathers, specimen trees and shrubs maintained by the Lakeland Horticultural Society.

Where?: Patterdale Road, Troutbeck
Website: Holehird Gardens (opens in new window)


Lakeland Limited

The headquarters for the 'Original Creative Kitchenware Store', their modern flagship store is a great retail experience.

Where?: next to Windermere railway station
Website: Lakeland Limited (opens in new window)

Cinema and theatre

Old Laundry Theatre

The only professional in-the-round theatre in Cumbria with an exciting and stimulating programme of performing arts.

Where?: in Bowness
Website: Old Laundry Theatre (opens in new window)

Royalty Cinema

Three screens offering the latest releases in comfortable surroundings.

Where?: in Bowness
Website: Royalty Cinema (opens in new window)

Zeffirellis cinemas

Zeffirellis independent cinema has five screens. It plays the latest releases plus live-streamed theatre and opera performances.

Where?: in Ambleside
Website: Zeffirellis (opens in new window)

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