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Local Attractions

A short walk away...

Lakes Aquarium
award-winning, all-weather attraction opposite the hotel.

Windermere Lake Cruises
boats depart to Bowness, Brockhole and Waterhead, near Ambleside from directly outside the hotel.

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
catch a steam train only 100m from reception.

Great Knott Wood
Woodland right on our doorstep, cared for by the Woodland Trust, whose on-going project of restoration will ensure that this one of Cumbria's ancient woods is saved for posterity.

Fell Foot Park and Gardens
A Victorian Park, owned by the National Trust, directly across the lake by short ferry ride. Fine picnic areas, children's playground, tea room and boat hire. A regular ferry service from Lakeside connects with the lake steamers.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill
A 19th century working museum just a 15 minute stroll towards Hawkshead.

Millerbeck Light Railway
Situated in the grounds of Millerbeck House in the Lakeland village of Staveley-in-Cartmel. Normally a private home of the owners, although they do open the railway to the general public on an occasional basis.

A short drive away...

Gummers How
A famous viewpoint opposite Lakeside Hotel, approximately 1 mile up Fell Foot Brow. Although just over 1,000ft in height, it commands marvellous views in every direction. The view north takes in the full length of Windermere, whilst if you look south you can follow the River Leven to the sea and Morecambe Bay. Look west to Black Combe, Coniston, Wetherlam, the Langdales, Helvellyn and Fairfield at the lake head, then the Kirkstone Gap, Kentmere and east to Ingleborough and the Pennines, with the Kent Estuary and the far side of Morecambe Bay. Look down to the steamers at Lakeside and the steam trains from Haverthwaite. Walk map and details available from Lakeside Hotel reception.

Best of Lakeland Attractions

Click here for over 60 attractions in the area to choose from.

If you are looking for somewhere different to take the family, then why not visit the Lake District Peninsulas for an exciting day out. Some of our favourites include:

The Lakeland Motor Museum
Just a 5 minute drive from the hotel and houses some 30,000 exhibits including cars owned by the famous and a Donald Campbell Bluebird exhibition.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park
Immerse yourself in wild animals at one of Europe's top conservation parks. See breeding group of rhinos mixing with a herd of giraffes and a troupe of baboons: wander free amongst lemurs and kangaroos: see spectacled bears, cheetahs, lions & monkeys at the world's top Sumatran tiger conservation centre. The majority of the property is accessible to wheelchair users travelling with a helper.

The Dock Museum in Barrow
A stunning museum built over an original Victorian dry dock. Exhibits include spectacular ship models, computer interactive, film show and "Shipbuilders to the World" exhibition. Landscaped coastal site. Adventure playground. Free admission. Free car parking.

Holker Hall & Gardens
The friendliest of stately homes, over 125 acres of glorious gardens and grounds. Savour delights from the Courtyard Cafe or purchase some of the newest addition "Food at Holker Hall" - farm shop selling produce from the Holker Estate. Special Events throughout the year.

Lakeland Miniature Village
Visit Flookburgh for Cumbria's only miniature village, over 120 buildings made from local Coniston slate, hand made by Edward Robinson. Houses, farms, barns and a slate bridge over 25 feet long create the Lakeland landscape. New Japanese Teahouse currently under construction.

The Colony Candle Workshop
The workshop allows visitors to see the traditional craft of candle making every working day of the week, through the specially designed Viewing Gallery. Colony candle makers use many traditional techniques in the production process, such as hand dipping and hand pouring.Visitors can have a go at candle making for themselves at the in-store candle dipping bench!

The Quaker Tapestry
A modern tapestry with tea room based in Kendal, this international community project explores three centuries of social history within 77 fascinating panels.

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
A unique and exciting blend of exotic wildlife and interactive hands-on displays which take you through the animal kingdom from magic molecules to mischievous monkeys. Based near Carnforth.

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