Things to do in Cumbria

Cumbria, located in the North West of England, is predominantly rural and contains the Lake District National Park, considered one of the most beautiful areas of the United Kingdom. This region is famed for its stunning landscapes, comprising vast lakes, towering mountains, and picturesque valleys. Cumbria’s natural beauty has inspired poets and writers for centuries, notably William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, who both lived in the area.

The county is not just about natural beauty; it also boasts a rich history reflected in its heritage sites such as Hadrian’s Wall to the north and numerous medieval castles. Carlisle, its capital, serves as a cultural and economic hub for the region. Despite its rural character, Cumbria offers a variety of activities ranging from hiking and water sports in the Lake District to exploring quaint villages and historic sites.

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  • Lake District National Park: Explore England’s largest national park, known for its breathtaking landscapes, wildlife, and outdoor activities including hiking, boating, and cycling.
  • Hadrian’s Wall: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site that marks the frontier of the Roman Empire in Britain with ruins that span across Cumbria.
  • Sizergh Castle: Discover this stately home surrounded by beautiful gardens and rich history dating back to the medieval era.
  • The Rheged Centre: A unique venue offering exhibitions, a cinema screen showing documentaries and films, shops selling local products, and family activities.
  • Derwentwater: Enjoy boat tours or kayaking on this picturesque lake surrounded by fells and woodland.
  • Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery: Experience Carlisle’s history through engaging exhibits ranging from Roman artifacts to contemporary art.
  • Keswick: This charming market town offers outdoor markets, local eateries showcasing Cumbrian cuisine, and access to nearby attractions like Derwentwater.
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery: Step into the world of Peter Rabbit through original drawings by Beatrix Potter housed in this gallery set in a 17th-century building.
  • Windermere Lake Cruises: Take a scenic cruise on England’s largest lake to admire stunning views of mountain scenery and secluded bays.
  • Muncaster Castle: Explore this haunted castle set against a backdrop of gardens and enjoy bird-of-prey displays amidst its enchanting grounds.
  • Honister Slate Mine: Embark on an adventure at England’s last working slate mine with guided tours deep underground or via thrilling via ferrata climbs.
  • The Beacon Museum: Learn about Whitehaven’s maritime history at this museum overlooking the harbor with interactive exhibits for all ages.