Discover unusual places to visit in the Lake District, hidden alongside the more popular hotspots like Windermere, Ambleside, Coniston Water and Ullswater.
Here in the Lake District English Heritage have some of their most atmospheric attractions like Castlerigg Stone Circle and Ravengalss Roman Bath House, taking advantage of unique Lake District vantage points.
The National Trust was born here in the Lakes and have a wealth of properties such as the homes, farms and museums dedicated to beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter. You’ll also discover quirky period properties like the Gothic Revival castle, Wray Castle and The Bridge House in Ambleside (the smallest house teetering over a river to avoid taxes!). Visit the Lingholme Estate, Tearooms and Garden and experience Mr McGregor’s veg patch and Squirrel Nutkin’s ‘tail sails’ for real.
Quirky places to visit in the Lakes include the 30ft Bower Stone, an unusual chunk of volcanic rock with steps for visitors to climb to the top and the megalithic Cathedral-like Caverns in Langdale. These are places where memories are made and passed on from one generation to the next.
A tour of the Lake District’s grand homes and gardens will inspire and delight, whilst the animal magic at family-friendly farms, the ‘like-no-other’ Lakes Aquarium, the Peter Rabbit-themed World of Beatrix Potter attraction and theatre, super wildlife parks, pony trekking and walking with lama’s are just the ticket for exciting our youngest visitors.
Whilst enjoying these hidden gems, don’t forget Lake District highlights like a cruise on Windermere and a visit to William Wordworth’s Dove Cottage.
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