Museums and Galleries

Great for wet weather rainy days, the Lake District has some fascinating museums and galleries showing the rich and varied lives of the people who have lived and worked here.

There are also some inspiring historical houses, many with collections and art work to see.

Windermere Jetty

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.

Windermere jetty museum

Location: Central Lake District, in Windermere.
Rayrigg Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1BN 

Ruskin Museum in Coniston Village

The museum, in the centre of Coniston village, tells the story of Coniston from the first Stone Age fell-walkers, who made and traded stone axes, to the Jet Era when the 1950s speed ace Donald Campbell used Coniston Water as Bluebird K7’s race-track.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Learn about one of England's most favourite poets at his home, Dove Cottage in Grasmere. Letters, journals, and drawings, from William and his sister Dorothy,  are on display, along with events throughout the year.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth museum

Location: Central Lake District, Grasmere.
Dove Cottage, Grasmere,Cumbria, LA22 9SH

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Changing exhibitions from national and international artists, as well as local portrait artist George Romney, the permanent collection is mainly eighteenth and twentieth-century British paintings. The gallery has been adding contemporary British works to its collection.

Location: South of the Lake District, in Kendal.
Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL

Keswick Brewery

Tour a small craft brewery in the scenic Lake District.

Laurel and Hardy Museum

Devoted to film stars Stan Laurel and Olly Hardy in Ulverston, birthplace of Stan.
Book tickets for the Laurel and Hardy Museum