Acorn Bank - National Trust

Temple Sowerby
nr Penrith CA10 1SP

Delightful sheltered garden, renowned for its herbs and orchards growing old English fruit varieties. Ancient oaks and high enclosing walls keep the extremes of the Cumbrian climate out of the garden, resulting in a spectacular display of shrubs, roses and herbaceous borders.

Allan Bank & Grasmere - National Trust

Allan Bank, Grasmere
Ambleside LA22 9QB

Opened to the public for the first time ever in March 2012, Allan Bank is a place to relax in front of a warm fire with a cup of tea while the children play. Once home to William Wordsworth and National Trust founder Canon Rawnsley, Allan Bank was rescued from the ravages of fire in 2011.

Beacon Museum, The

West Strand
Whitehaven CA28 7LY

The Beacon Museum, situated on Whitehaven's beautiful Georgian harbourside, tells the story of the rich history of this fascinating corner of the Western Lake District. There is a fantastic interactive exhibition which tells the story of the nuclear industry in West Cumbria, past, present and future. Beginning at the top of the museum, visitors can expect to enjoy the best view in town in our viewing gallery, looking out across the Solway.

Birdoswald Roman Fort - English Heritage

Carlisle CA8 7DD

Birdoswald Roman Fort stands high above a meander in the River Irthing, in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. A Roman fort, turret and milecastle can all be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall.

Blackwell: The Arts & Crafts House

Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT

When the architect MH Baillie Scott built a holiday home overlooking Windermere for his client Sir Edward Holt he created Blackwell, a masterpiece of twentieth-century design; a perfect example of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Enjoy a lovingly crafted day out at one of the most enchanting historic houses in the Lake District.

Borrowdale - National Trust

Head of Colesdale, above Braithwaite
Keswick CA12 5UP

Last mineral mine processing mill to operate in the lake district. The last operating mineral mine in the lake district.

Brantwood House

Brantwood Trust, Brantwood
Coniston LA21 8AD

The former home of John Ruskin, Brantwood is the most beautifully situated house in the Lake District. Brantwood is both a treasure house of historical importance and a lively centre of contemporary arts and the environment, welcoming in the region of 30,000 visitors a year. Displays and activities in the house, gardens and estate reflect the wealth of cultural associations associated with Ruskin's legacy - from the Pre Raphaelites and Arts and Crafts Movement to the founding of the National Trust and the Welfare State.

Brougham Castle - English Heritage

Penrith CA10 2AA

Picturesque Brougham Castle was begun in the early 13th century near the site of a Roman fort guarding the crossing of the River Eamont. It was reinforced in the 14th century but was in poor condition by the time of the Civil War.

Carlisle Castle - English Heritage

Carlisle CA3 8UR

Wander the passages of this medieval fortress and discover nine centuries of bloody warfare across the Anglo-Scottish border. Learn about its role in sieges, and its connections with Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Carlisle Cathedral

7 The Abbey
Carlisle CA3 8TZ

Carlisle Cathedral is one of the jewels of North West England and, after standing on the border with Scotland for almost 900 years, it has a lively story to tell. It may not be the best known medieval Cathedral in England, it is certainly not the biggest, but it delights its many visitors.

Castlerigg Stone Circle

National Grid Reference: NY 292 236

Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain, and is the most visited stone circle in Cumbria. Every year thousands of people visit it to look, photograph, draw and wonder why and when and by whom it was built.

Castlesteads Fort


Castlesteads was a Roman fort. It was the 12th fort on Hadrian's Wall counting from the east, between Banna (Birdoswald) to the east and Uxelodunum (Stanwix) to the west.

Dalton Castle - National Trust

Market Place
Dalton-in-Furness LA15 8AX

14th-century tower, containing a local history exhibition organised by Friends of Dalton Castle. Also houses a display about painter George Romney, a native of Dalton.

Derwent Island House - National Trust

Derwent Island, Lake Road
Keswick CA12 5DJ

18th-century house on an idyllic woodland island in Derwentwater. The house has a restrained classical interior and restored garden.

Dock Museum, The

North Road
Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2PW

Set in a dry dock, the Dock Museum tells the fascinating story of Barrow, the Victorian boom town and 20th century centre of innovation including airships and submarines. A new archaeology gallery explores the area's rich prehistory from stone circles to Viking booty.

Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery

Dove Cottage, Town End
Grasmere LA22 9SH

Visit the traditional Lakeland cottage and home of the poet William Wordsworth, who in 1799 went on a walking tour of the Lake District and fell in love with Grasmere and Dove Cottage, and within a few months had set up home here with his sister, Dorothy. Collections: The museum covers not only the lives and works of Wordsworth and his circle, but the wider phenomenon of British Romanticism, and the role of the Lake District in inspiring writers and artists of the Romantic Movement.

Farfield Mill, Arts & Heritage Centre

Garsdale Road
Sedbergh LA10 5LW

Set in the shadow of the glorious Howgills near Sedbergh and restored from a Victorian woolen mill, Farfield Mill provides an excellent visit for arts and heritage enthusiasts alike. Take your time to discover a programme of top-quality exhibitions; a unique range of fine art and crafts created by resident and visiting artists; fascinating displays telling the history of the Mill.

Furness Abbey - English Heritage

Barrow-in-Furness LA13 0PJ

The impressive remains of an abbey founded by Stephen, later king of England, including much of the east end and west tower of the church, the ornately decorated chapter house and the cloister buildings. Set in the 'vale of nightshade', the romantic ruins were celebrated by Wordsworth in his Prelude of 1805. An exhibition on the history of the abbey, with a display of elaborately carved stones, can be seen in the visitor centre.

Heron Corn Mill & Mill Barn

Heron Corn Mill, Mill Lane, Beetham,
Milnthorpe LA7 7PQ

Heron Corn Mill is on the banks of the River Bela, in South Cumbria close to the Lancashire border, and is one of the few working mills left in Cumbria. Evidence shows that a mill existed on the site prior to 1096.

Hill Top - National Trust

Near Sawrey
Hawkshead LA22 0LF

Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories in this little 17th-century house which she owned for 38 years, and scenes from the house, garden, farm and village appear in them. It has been kept exactly as she left it, complete with her furniture and china. There is a traditional cottage garden attached.

Holker Hall & Gardens

Grange-over-Sands LA11 7PL

Holker Hall is the home of the Cavendish family who welcome visitors of all ages to one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain. Magnificently situated only a short distance from Grange-over-Sands and the expanse of Morecambe Bay. Holker Hall is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills.

Lakeland Motor Museum

Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow,
Newby Bridge LA12 8TA

The Lakeland Motor Museum has a fascinating collection of over 30,000 cars, motorcycles, scooters, cycles and auto memorabilia and is housed in a restored mill and ultramarine pigment factory in the heart of The Lake District. Highlights of the museum include a Campbell Bluebird Exhibition with replicas of the record-breaking machines that saw the famous Campbell family break 21 world and land speed records. In addition to the fascinating exhibits from the world of motoring, the museum also features displays about the local Lakeland motoring heritage, period shopping displays, electric cars and cycles and the history of Old Blue Mill that now houses the collection.

Lanercost Priory - English Heritage

Brampton CA8 2HQ

Standing close to Hadrian's Wall, the Augustinian priory of Lanercost was much involved in the Anglo-Scottish wars. The abbey suffered terribly from Scottish raids, being sacked at least four times.

Levens Hall & Topiary Garden

Kendal LA8 0PD

Levens Hall is an Elizabethan House with ten acres of world famous topiary gardens laid out by Monsieur Guillaume Beaumont in 1694. The garden still retains many of its original features including a unique collection of ancient and extraordinary topiary characters sculpted from box and yew.

Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre

Alston CA9 3PD

A museum dedicated to both showing and telling the 'story' of the mineral mining past of the North Pennines. Prepare to launch on a voyage of discovery at Nenthead Mines, learning more about the people, places, tools, lifestyle, and legacy of the mining industry that at one time completely dominated the landscape of the North Pennines.

Pendragon Castle


Just the ruined base of a great tower remains at Pendragon Castle, which according to legend is the place where Uther Pendragon, King Arthur's father, died. The castle was built next to the River Eden in the Vale of Mallerstang in the late 12th century, probably by Hugh de Morville.

Penrith & Eden Museum

Robinson's School, Middlegate
Penrith CA11 7PT

Penrith and Eden Museum is located at the heart of the bustling market town of Penrith. The museum is housed in Robinson's School, an Elizabethan building dating from 1670 and used as a school until the early 1970s.

Ravenglass Railway Museum

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Ravenglass CA18 1SW

The railway runs for seven miles (11.3 kilometres) from the Lake District National Park's only coastal village of Ravenglass in the Western Lake District, through hidden Miterdale, to the grandeur of the Eskdale valley. The terminus at Dalegarth for Boot - home to our new visitor centre - nestles at the foot of England's highest mountains. The story of the Railway is outlined in the Railway Museum, situated in Ravenglass Station car park.

Sellafield Visitor Centre

Seascale CA20 1PG

Sellafield is probably BNFL's most well known site, and is home to the Sellafield Visitors Centre. The Visitors Centre presents a unique educational experiene and contains interesting and innovative exhibitions providing an insight into the world of BNFL and Sellafield.

Sizergh - National Trust

Kendal LA8 8AE

Medieval house extended in Elizabethan times, with handsome gardens. Originally built in the Middle Ages by the Strickland family, who still live here, this imposing house has an exceptional series of oak-panelled rooms culminating in the Inlaid Chamber.

St Martin's Church, Brampton

Front Street
Brampton CA8 1SH

St Martin's Church is a splendid example of the work of the Pre-Raphaelites. This is the only church built by the architect Philip Webb and is adorned by an exquisite set of stained glass windows designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and manufactured by William Morris.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Finsthwaite, Newby Bridge
Nr Ulverston LA12 8AX

This extensive working mill was begun in 1835 to produce the wooden bobbins vital to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries. Although small compared to other mills, some 250 men and boys (some drafted in from workhouses) worked here in often arduous conditions to produce a quarter of a million bobbins a week.

Townend - National Trust

Townend, Troutbeck
Windermere LA23 1LB

Fine example of Lake District vernacular architecture. Largely 17th-century, the solid stone and slate house is an exceptional survival.

Windermere Steamboat Museum

Rayrigg Road
Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 1BN

The Lakeland Arts Trust has embarked upon an ambitious project to redevelop the Windermere Steamboat Museum. Collections: The collection of historic vessels at the Windermere Steamboat Museum is one of the most important in the world, telling the story of boating in the Lake District from early mediaeval log boats to record- breaking speed boats of the 1960s and 70s.

Wordsworth House & Garden - National Trust

Main Street
Cockermouth CA13 9RX

Living Georgian town house where William Wordsworth was born in 1770. Costumed servants are on duty every day in the working Georgian kitchen.