Local Attractions … Just 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 Howe

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

The World of Beatrix Potter

With so much to see and do at the World of Beatrix Potter; there is something for everyone. Adventure through the 3D scenes as they encapsulate the magic of the story books and explore the virtual journey that inspired Miss Potters works.

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.

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.

The Old Laundry Theatre

As 2016 marks 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, The Old Laundry Theatre puts on a unique stageshow that brings Peter Rabbit to life through a musical adventure.

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.

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: