Ullswater steamer at the jetty, Photo: Cumbria Tourism Library
Hazy light over the fells in the Lake District
Another Place, The Lake
Dappled sunlight through the trees

Things to do in the Lake District

Looking for places to visit in the Lake District? As well as its beautiful scenery, the Lake District has a rich mix of heritage and cultural attractions as part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. It also offers plenty of family and dog-friendly places to visit. Here are our favourites.

Events calendar

Main stage at Kendal Calling festival

There is so much going on in the Lake District and Ullswater. Our events blog is full of our favourite events taking place across The Lakes in 2023.

Walk, hike and ramble

Angle Tarn hike and wild swim

Feel the spray at Aira Force waterfall, ramble around Ullswater lake, take in the panoramic views from the top of Hallin Fell. Our walking routes vary from easy family-friendly options to the highest fell.

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Lowther Castle

Exhibitions, gardens, cycling, woodland adventure playgrounds in the Lost Castle, food, and a sustainable, wildlife-focused estate park. Open to families of all ages.

Wild Swimming

Wild swimming at Kailpot, Ullswater

Spend some time exploring the water with expert outdoor swimming instructor, Colin Hill.  Clamber and leap around the craggy bay of Kailpot, or try our cold water or stargazing swims.

Ullswater Way

Another place hotel walking loop lake marina boats

A 20-mile long walking route circumnavigating the lake that can be split into shorter more manageable sections using an open-top bus, or the Ullswater Steamers.

Cathedral Cavern

Cathedral Cavern light shining through from the end of the tunnel

A labyrinth of chambers, tunnels and caverns formed by inter-linked quarries above Little Langdale. The main chamber is an impressive forty feet in height and one tunnel is 400 feet in length.

Ullswater Steamers

Ullswater Steamer cruising on the lake

Cruise the nine miles of Ullswater with stops at Glenridding, Pooley Bridge, Aira Force pier and Howtown. The closest stop to Another Place is Pooley Bridge. The steamer boats run daily

Honister Slate Mine

Climbing at Honister, England’s last working slate mine. Options for some unique adventures on an iconic Lake District mountain.

England’s last working slate mine provides the backdrop for some unique adventures on an iconic Lake District mountain.  Take a mine tour, brave the Infinity Bridge, or the Via Ferrata.

Honister Pass

Honister pass by Lake Cumbria Tourism

A steep mountain pass rising to 1,194ft above sea level. The snaking 3.7-mile road starts at Buttermere and links to Borrowdale valley. Honister Slate Mine marks the summit.

Rheged centre

People gathering at Rheged centre

The Rheged Centre is just three miles from Another Place. Focused on family, food, arts and culture. It has a large 3D cinema and a varied calendar of events including exhibitions and live streaming.

Dalemain Estate

The World’s Original Marmalade Festival at Penrith & Dalemain Mansion

Two or three miles from the Pooley Bridge end of Ullswater, Dalemein Estate has been in the Hasell family since 1679. The historic gardens, tearoom and shop are open Sunday to Friday.

Haweswater Valley

RSPB badger cropped

The Haweswater valley is a beautifully wild and secluded corner of the National Park that offers plentiful opportunities for wildlife encounters. Look closely with an expert-led experience.

Swim under a full moon

Full moon night swims on Ullswater throughout the year.

Glide through the lake by the light of a full moon, or perfect your form in our endless pool; this is the summer for swimming like you’ve never swum before. Stroke by stroke.

Wild Intrigue

Red squirrel

Breakfast with red squirrels, osprey watching, beavers, bats and frogs. Wild Intrigue hosts a range of wildlife experiences and events to inspire, educate and rewild through the discovery of British wildlife.

Brougham Castle

Brougham Castle

An English Heritage medieval castle, two miles south east of Penrith. Founded in the early 13th century, the castle is a maze of passageways and spiral stairways.

Alpacaly ever after…

A bearded man standing in the middle of two llamas at Alpacaly ever after in The Lake District

For a touch of the surreal, take a llama for a trek across the Newlands Valley. Journey to the summit of Catbells and Maiden moor, with a llama as your guide.

Discover Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter made the Lake District her home, protecting it for generations to come. Visit the farm and nearby Hawkeshead, or for younger ones try The World of Beatrix Potter.

Patterdale Tennis Club

Tennis ball

Book a court to “pay and play” across two refurbished tennis courts in Patterdale on the King George V playing field. A 15 minute drive from the hotel to Patterdale.

Castlerigg stone circle

Castlerigg is a Neolithic stone circle. It can be found near Keswick.

Set against the looming mountains, the 5,000 year old Castlerigg stone circle makes for a magical sight. A good place to ponder life’s mysteries – or play an excellent game of hide-and-seek.

Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake has an eclectic line-up of productions taking place throughout the year, from musicals to comedies, outdoor festivals to screenings. There is always something on for everyone.

Discover William Wordsworth

Celebrated Lakeland poet, William Wordsworth. it's possible to Trace his life through the properties he lived in around Cumbria.

William Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth in 1770. Visit Dove Cottage, Wordsworth’s family home, explore the garden and orchard behind and learn about his story in the museum.

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrians Wall is an ancient northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire

Explore the ancient northern frontier of the Roman Empire and the many sites along the wall. Bathhouses, turrets and shrines,  galleries and museums. Photo: National Trust Images / John Millar

Long Meg & Her Daughters

Stone circles in the Lake District

Long Meg and Her Daughters is the second largest stone circle in England. Long Meg is an outlying stone of red sandstone marked with examples of megalithic art.

Treetop Trek & Nets

Treetop Trek & Nets

Treetop Trek is a treetop adventure, 40 minutes from Another Place. Swing, climb and balance your way through the woodland canopy then race down the 250m triple zip wire.