Apart from being one of the most popular and beautiful areas of the UK, The Lake District is full of an array of hidden gems that are great tourist attractions and days out for the whole family.
Here you’ll find our pick of some of the more popular attractions… and some you may not have heard of, but are certainly worth a visit!
A short 25-minute drive from the resort of Kendal, Holker Hall is one of the best loved stately homes in Britain. Home to Lord and Lady Cavendish, their home and gardens are open to all ages that are welcome to explore the estate from March through to September. Visit at the end of May to enjoy the Holker Garden Festival, and make sure you don’t miss the treats on offer in the famous food hall.
The Silverband Falconry
Set on the edge of the Lake District in the Eden Valley, Silverband Falconry provides fabulous displays and educational days. You can learn everything about their stunning birds of prey and get up close to the animals. With great photo opportunities, and a chance to handle the birds themselves, Silverband makes an amazing day out for the whole family.
Famous for being one of the most haunted buildings in the UK, be on the lookout for Tom Fool or the White Lady on your visit. And if you want to experience some of the spooky and paranormal activity for yourself, why not try a ‘ghostly sit-in’? An all-night watch in the notorious Tapestry Room… People have reportedly heard voices and footsteps, as well as doors mysteriously opening and handles turning. You’ll even be served a full English breakfast the next morning to settle your nerves!
The Punchbowl Inn
Sitting on a ridiculous amount of awards, including; Cumbria Life Dining Pub of the Year, Young Chef of the Year 2013, and one of the ‘Top 50 Pubs for the Weekend’… you can’t go far wrong visiting The Punchbowl Inn, Crosthwiate for your pub grub. In the heart of the unspoilt Lyth Valley in Cumbria, the classic, contemporary style serves a pub menu to be proud of. Using nothing but local, seasonal produce, The Punchbowl Inn simply shouldn’t be missed.
Although one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District, Rydal Water is popular for its connections to the poet William Wordsworth. A walk round Rydal Water will unearth some lovely countryside and opportunity to visit the poet’s home Rydal Mount, as well as discover the Rydal Caves. A truly beautiful setting with waterfalls and lots of wildlife along the way.
If you’re bewitched by the beauty of the Lake District and simply can’t bring yourself to leave, try Southlakeland Parks where you’ll find many Lake District holiday homes for sale.
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