Things to do in Lakeside

Looking over the southern tip of Lake Windermere, the sleepy hamlet of Lakeside is the very picture of the peaceful, idealistic Lake District of people’s imagination. Wake up to birdsong and the sight of the sun glistening on Windermere’s surface, and experience the scenery change colour and eventually soften as the sun sets behind the hills past the far bank of the lake. Avoid the hassle of driving by catching a steamboat from the Lakeside pier and travel as far as Bowness or Ambleside, and enjoy the view as you pass by.

Lakeside is a prime location from which to base your Lake District holiday, offering you access to plenty of nearby sites, whether by boat or by foot, both of which can be outings on their own. Pack a picnic to have a relaxed day and enjoy the surroundings wherever you go, or travel from Lakeside to Bowness or Ambleside and even further from there. Lake Coniston is only a short drive to the west, and you’re less than an hour away from the coast at Morecambe Bay.

You don’t even have to leave Lakeside to find two more major attractions. The Lakes Aquarium is a unique collection of freshwater life from the area and will provide you and your family with hours of entertainment, so you have somewhere to go even on a rainy day. This is also the starting point of the Lakeside Haverthwaite Steam Railway, another car-free, picturesque method of travelling across the countryside which has been running since 1872.


Lakelovers have a beautiful selection of hand-picked holiday cottages in Lakeside to suit you, from the romantic, two person Stocks Grange to the family sized, eight person July Flowertree Barn.

For exploring

Lakeside, Bowness and Ambleside are all great starting points for hikes lasting a few hours or even all day long, and are wonderful places to explore in themselves.

For walking

You’ll find several well-marked routes that begin from any of these locations, such as the route from Lakeside to High Dam, a small but lovely local tarn. Or stop off on any of the other drop off points for the railway or steamers and start your journey from there.

For food & drink

The Lakeside Hotel and the Swan Hotel both offer delicious long lunches and top-notch evening meals. The Swan is a popular place for locals and boaters to moor up and stop for a pint. Nearby Bowness offers an endless choice of cafés, restaurants and bars, as well as being ideal for stocking up the fridge from the specialist shops and supermarkets.

Lakelovers Recommends in Lakeside

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness, Ambleside & Lakeside
10% discount off individual public fares on schedule sailings. N.B. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers; excludes buffet cruises, special events and combined tickets. 015394 43360.