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The Lakes Attractions

In and around The Lakes you'll find plenty of attractions on offer - depending on your taste from Grizedale Forest Park in the heart of the world famous Lake District National Park, to Windermere Steamboats and Museum, one of the principal visitor attractions in Cumbria. The Lakes has a lot to offer.

Windermere Steamboats and Museum

Windermere Steamboats and Museum

The Windermere Steamboats and Museum has a unique collection of Lake Windermere's nautical heritage in a beautiful and tranquil lakeside setting.
Exhibits include:

  • 'Dolly', the worlds oldest surviving mechanically propelled boat with its original engine in working order
  • 'Esperance', Henry Schneider's 1869 steam yacht, the oldest on the Lloyds Register of Yachts and the inspiration for 'Captain Flint's houseboat' in Arthur Ransome's 'Swallows and Amazons'
  • Beatrix Potter's rowing boat which was recovered from Moss Eccles tarn in 1976
  • A World War II Slingsby Glider modified to take off and land on water
  • The original sailing dinghies 'Amazon' and 'Scarab' from the Ransome books

    Additional Information:

  • Steam, classic and model boat events held throughout the year
  • Cruises in the Edwardian steam launches which are also available for charter
  • Lecture theatre
  • Tea room & picnic area
  • Souvenir shop
  • Model boat pond
  • Good disabled facilities

Hotels near Windermere Steamboats and Museum
Fir Trees4 starfrom £68.00
Rosemount4 starfrom £44.00
Hazeldene Guest House3 starfrom £73.00
Lonsdale House4 starfrom £57.00
Denehurst Guest House4 starfrom £75.00
Laurel & Hardy Museum

Laurel & Hardy Museum

The world famous museum devoted to Laurel & Hardy in Ulverston, the town where Stan was born on 16th June 1890. Everything you want to know about them is here. The late Bill Cubin the founder of the museum, devoted his life to these famous comedians and collected an amazing variety of memorabilia, believed to be the largest in the world, including letters, photographs, personal items and furniture. A large extension gives ample room to browse and a small cinema shows films and documentaries all day.

Hotels near Laurel and Hardy Museum
Virginia House from £69.00
Rock House from £55.00
Hill Foot House3 starfrom £69.00
Hill foot house from £69.70
Swarthmoor Hall from £22.50



Brantwood was the home of John Ruskin from 1872 until his death in 1900 - it became an intellectual powerhouse and one of the greatest literary and artistic centres in Europe. Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, Marcel Proust and Frank Lloyd Wright can all be numbered amongst Ruskin's disciples.The house is filled with Ruskin's drawings and watercolours, together with much of his original furniture, books and personal items. Each year there is a special exhibition. Brantwood enjoys the finest lake and mountain views in England and there is no other house in the district with such a diversity of cultural associations.

Explore the 250 acres of gardens, pastures, ancient woods and high moors. Walk among the beautifully scented azaleas and bluebells or marvel at the magnificent views. Stroll gently among the flowers of the lower gardens, walk vigorously to Crag Head or bring a book to enjoy under your favourite tree. Rediscover the path through Purgatory in Ruskin's experimental Zig-Zaggy garden and watch the restoration of the great Victorian viewing terrace with its superb mountain scenery. Learn more about these and many other projects in the Linton Workroom and discover the changing faces of this extraordinary and dynamic garden.

Hotels near Brantwood
Wheelgate from £87.36
Church House Inn from £55.00
The Wilson Arms from £38.00
Waterhead Hotel from £55.00
Bluebird Lodge from £31.50

Other Attraction near The Lakes

  • Fell Foot Park - Fell Foot Park is an attractive seven hectare garden in the Lake District which has long outlasted the house which the gardens were originally designed to enhance.
  • Sizergh Castle - The imposing Sizergh Castle stands at the gateway to the Lake District near Kendal. It has been home to the Strickland family for more than 750 years.
  • Kendal Museum - Kendal Museum is one of the oldest museums in the country. It houses outstanding displays of archaeology and natural history, both local and global.