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Local attractions

Luxury Lake District cottages: attractions on our doorstep

The Lake District isn’t just for walking! Here are a few of the many local attractions close to our luxury Lake District cottages.

Attractions for families

If you’re staying at The Courtyard Cottages, Bigland Hall with family in tow, be assured that there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained.

For littles ones still discovering reading, and for those who grew up with the Tales of Peter Rabbit, the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness provides an enchanting look at the life and works of one of the nation’s favourite children’s authors. Young children will adore finding their favourite characters in the exhibition’s tableaus.

Another attraction sure to excite younger children (and rail enthusiasts) is the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway. A miniature railway that crosses from the coastal town of Ravenglass to Dalegarth, it passes through some of the Lake District’s most stunning scenery. The railway also makes an excellent stepping stone for gentle walks around Wastwater.

The Lakes Aquarium makes a fun rainy-day escape. It features hundreds of creatures from the Lake District, such as pike and otters, as well as those from more exotic parts, such as clownfish and pufferfish. The aquarium allows you to observe life beneath Lake Windermere through its unique underwater tunnel. Why not combine your visit with boat hire and see the beauty of the lake from the surface too?

Attractions for adventure

The Lake District is the best region in Britain for adventures of every kind: swimming, climbing, gorge scrambling, canoeing. Whatever activity is your passion, chances are you can find it in the Lake District.

There are many high-octane thrills to be found at the Grizedale Centre. For ages ten and above, the Go Ape course takes you high in the trees on ropes, bridges, swings and ziplines. Orienteering, suitable for all ages, gives you the chance to develop your map and compass reading skills. Setting off on a cycling adventure is as easy as hiring a bike from the centre and choosing one of the forest’s many routes.

Canoeing, kayaking and sailing are available on many of Cumbria’s lakes. Coniston is a hotspot for sailing. Kayaking and canoeing courses are available for adventurers of all skill levels. Many outdoor centres around Windermere and Coniston also offer gorge scrambling and climbing.

Attractions full of history and culture

The Lake District is rich in both history and culture. You only need walk out of your door to find yourself face to face with a fascinating story or inspiring location.

Conishead Priory is a hidden gem; an architecturally significant gothic manor maintained by a community of Buddhist monks and a centre for meditation and Buddhist studies. The Priory welcomes visitors, offering free guided meditations daily, and day courses teaching inner peace and spirituality.

Kendal’s Abbot Hall Art Gallery showcases a variety of works from Cumbria and further afield, including a permanent display of George Romney’s finest works. The gallery regularly plays host to exhibitions of significant art. A good choice to inspire you, particularly on a rainy day.

A fifteen-minute drive from The Courtyard Cottages, Bigland Hall takes you to the magnificent Holker Estate. The immaculately kept Holker gardens are a gorgeous sight all year round. The ancient Holker House, much of which is open to the public, allows you to step into another era and marvel at the grandeur of a fully preserved aristocratic home.