Windermere, England's largest lake and its surrounding area is packed with loads of things to do, whatever the weather and however active or relaxed you want to be.
The best way to really enjoy Winderemere is to get on the lake. From cruise boats, to motor boats, rowing, kayaking and canoeing, paddleboards, sailing and swimming, find out how and where to get on the water, and book your boat online.
The Windermere area has short easy-access walks, to longer routes and some classic Lake District summits with views over the lake.
The western shore of Windermere, and Grizedale forest, are particularly good for family-friendly cycling.
Enjoy the famous adventure playground, paddle in the lake, and explore the fabulous Mawson designed gardens with good pushchair and wheelchair access. Hire a boat on the lake, with motor boats, rowing boats, kayaks and paddle boards for hire. Challenge yourself with archery, laser clay or inside caving. Gift shop, cafe, and The Gaddum restaurant on site. Free admission. Pay and display car park.
This Victorian park, restored to its former glory, offers substantial access to the lakeshore, where there are leisure facilities. Fine picnic areas, a cafe and rowing boat and kayak hire make it an ideal day out for families.
Go on a journey of discovery! Set on the lakeshore, this award winning attraction has the UK's largest collection of freshwater fish.
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.
All of Beatrix Potter's tales are brought to life in three dimensions. An indoor re-creation of the Lakeland countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells.
Families can explore the activity rooms inside the castle, where there’s plenty of space for creative play. With a natural playground in the grounds and a path to spacious grassy area on the lakeshore, its a great for the whole family whatever the weather.
Children's author, artist, farmer and conservationist. Find out more about this amazing woman and the real places which so inspired her.
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.
A fully working Victorian mill, Stott Park is typical of the many mills which once supplied the spinning and weaving industry.
Typical Lakeland farmer's house from the seventeenth century with all original interiors, woodwork and domestic implements
Hear tales of workers and boat owners, their lives and adventures, and discover the fascinating developments in design and technology that drove boat-building in the Lake District. Stunning views over the lake from the cafe.
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.
Ten acres of a huge variety of alpines, heathers, specimen trees and shrubs maintained by the Lakeland Horticultural Society.
The only professional in-the-round theatre in Cumbria with an exciting and stimulating programme of performing arts.
Zeffirellis independent cinema in Ambleside has five screens. It plays the latest releases plus live-streamed theatre and opera performances.
In Bowness-on-Windermere, three screens offering the latest releases in comfortable surroundings.
We can help you with booking tickets and attractions, ideas for walks places to visit, and we've got a range of guidbooks, maps and gifts. See us on the south side of Bowness Bay, home to Bowness Information Centre.