In a Nutshell
If you are looking to really explore the British countryside and enjoy the great outdoors, then the Lake District is the perfect place for your next break. Beautiful views of lakes and valleys, never-ending greenery and some of the most picturesque hotels make for the Lake District to be a fairy-tale visit. At Breaks.com, we have put together the best places for you to see, do, eat and stay on your trip to the Lake District.
Things to see and do:
- The main activity in and around the Lake District is definitely walking and hiking. There are many different ways to do this, by for example taking guided tours, or you can go out on your own and download your routes and maps here. There are casual walks available as well as proper hikes.
- See the Lake District from the water. As Lake Windermere is the UK’s largest lake, you can imagine there is plenty to do. You can board a boat for a scenic trip around the lake, rent a sailboat, or even canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and more. If you would like more information on where to book your rental, you can find this here.
- Visit Wordsworth’s House in Grasmere. Go back to the Romantic age and have a look around the house of the great poet William Wordsworth. He lived here from 1799 to 1808. You can take a guided tour through the house, walk around his gardens and pick up some memorabilia in the museum. Plan your visit here.
- There is always something on at The World Of Beatrix Potter. You can find this park in Bowness-On-Windermere and it is always a lovely visit. Make sure to visit the tea-room for a Tea Party. Additionally, you can check this Events guide to plan your visit.
- Interested in something cultural? Visit Theatre by the Lake. With shows like Nina – A Story about Me and Nina Simone, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and Little Mermaid – The Circus Sensation, there are events for everyone in the family. You can check their extensive diary here and you will find something fun for your next visit without a doubt.
Where to stay:
There are many available options for your stay in the Lake District, depending on the area of your stay. You can use our search page if you want to browse or see our top three picks below:
- Langdale Hotel & Spa. If you are looking for luxury on your break to the Lake District, Langdale Hotel & Spa is perfect for you. Located beautifully in the middle of the Lake District, a five minute stroll away from the quaint Elterwater. This four star hotel will require a larger budget, but it provides many complimentary touches. Have a look for availability here.
- Windermere Hydro Hotel. Located more to the south of the Lake District, you will find this beautiful, Victorian style hotel. With spectacular views of Windemere Lake, this hotel with indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna will help you relax on your break. As a bonus, the Windermere Hydro Hotel is situated close to The World of Beatrix Potter and multiple shopping and dining facilities. Book your room here.
- The Cranleigh Boutique. If you are more interested in staying in a smaller, boutique hotel, you might want to consider the Cranleigh Boutique. This hotel enjoys the best of both worlds, as it is close to the Windermere Lake, but also nearby shops, cafes and nightlife. The Cranleigh Boutique has luxury facilities and a beautiful breakfast served in the mornings. Check out the best rates here.
Where to eat and drink:
- If you have booked one of our highlighted hotels by Windermere, the Holbeck Ghyll is worth a visit for lunch or dinner. An incredible restaurant with a beautiful afternoon tea run by head chef Jake Jones. Find a table here.
- If you are looking for a lovely pub to have a classic British dish, The Punchbowl is for you. Luxury pub food with a twist is served here, and they have a separate vegetarian/vegan menu (!). Wonderfully decorated, with a roaring fire for the cold and rainy days. Pop in on your walk around the Lake District, but we advise to book a table on the weekends. You can do that here.
- If you visit Ambleside on your Lake District break, you cannot avoid Lake Road Kitchen. They describe this restaurant themselves as: ‘Hyper-seasonal, climatically local cooking’, which means they use locally sourced products. Rated 10/10 by The Guardian and 5/5 by The Times, this restaurant is worth a visit on your next trip to the Lake District. Please find contact details on their website here to book a table.