Destination guide

Peace and quiet in Cumbria

Home to the Lake District, Cumbria is a beautiful rural landscape with glistening lakes, picturesque mountains and a variety of outdoor activities to get you out into nature. If you prefer to tour the town, Cumbria is home to many historic houses, gardens, museums and theatres to entertain day and night. A variety of holiday lettings in Cumbria will put you right in the centre of this hidden English gem.


Take a trip in time in Cumbria

With a long history that’s showcased throughout museums and heritage sites, Cumbria offers great holidays for history buffs. Holiday homes are available near the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, a heritage museum that tells the story of the Lake District and its inhabitants, and Senhouse Roman Museum, a museum situated near Hadrian’s Fort that displays collections of Roman military altar stones and religious sculpture. The Rum Story is another unique museum that showcases the history of the rum trade in the area, as well as the Farfield Mill, a venue that preserves textile heritage through exhibits and creations from local craftspeople.

Things to do

Natural splendour and historic attraction in Cumbria

Cumbria holiday homes are nearby many interesting sights and outdoor excursions, giving you endless options for your fun-filled holiday. Windermere, a large lake surrounded by parklands, offers beautiful vistas of the mountain peaks and quaint villages, including Bowness-on-Windermere, home of the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. The Lake District National Park is the place to go for nature lovers, due to its rugged fell mountains and glacial ribbon lakes. History buffs will love the sight of Hadrian’s Wall, a defensive fortification that dates back to AD 122, and Ullswater, a glacial lake that’s popular for sailing and hiking, is perfect for adventurers.


Activities and attractions in and around Cumbria

Are you looking for attractions to see while you're in town? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that Cumbria has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Rookin House Activity Centre (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Whinlatter Forest Park (13.6 mi / 21.9 km)
  • Lake District Wildlife Park (14.8 mi / 23.9 km)
  • Windermere Golf Club (15.1 mi / 24.4 km)
  • Brantwood (16.5 mi / 26.6 km)
  • Go Ape Grizedale (16.9 mi / 27.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Cumbria

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Cumbria. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Aira Force (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Gowbarrow Fall (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Ullswater (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Place Fell (2 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Ullswater (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • St. Sunday Crag (5.1 mi / 8.2 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Cumbria

The nearest airport is in Carlisle (CAX), located 25.6 mi (41.2 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Penrith Station, Langwathby Station and Windermere Station are the main stations in the area.

How to get around

Getting to and from your Cumbria holiday rental

Cumbria holiday homes are found near many of the historic sites and parklands in the area, but if you want to travel to other locations, there are many transportation options. The West Coast Mainline has train stops through numerous cities and towns in Cumbria, followed by local lines to nearby attractions. Local travel by bus or rental car is an option to move through the area at your own pace and enjoy all it has to offer.

Family friendly

Fun and excitement for the whole family in Cumbria

From outdoor excursions to animal attractions, Cumbria is the ideal place for a holiday with the kids. Holiday cottages and homes are available near plenty of kid-friendly activities, such as the Lake District Wildlife Park, which boasts giant bison, gibbons, lemurs, zebra and other interesting species, and the Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre at Lowther, which houses over 150 falcons, eagles, hawks and owls for demonstrations. Kids will also enjoy the Lowther Castle for Kids, a woodland area with castle ruins and an abundance of wildlife, and ‘Huntfun’ Treasure Hunts in Towns, which take children through the local streets for an intriguing scavenger hunt to get their minds working.

Good for couples

Reconnect with your partner in Cumbria

Stately homes, intriguing art galleries and intimate venues make Cumbria a great spot for a romantic holiday with your significant other. Take a stroll through Levens Hall, a garden with manicured lawns surrounding a magnificent 13th-century Elizabethan mansion, or explore colourful blooms and try your luck with the maze at Muncaster Castle and Gardens. The Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, which houses artwork and artefacts from the early inhabitants of Keswick, and the Abbot Hall Art Gallery, which is a gallery set in a gorgeous Georgian home overlooking the River Kent, are two prime spots for art lovers.

How many holiday rentals are available around Cumbria?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,981 holiday lettings around Cumbria. From 3,168 cottages to 3,168 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Cumbria?

Sometimes you just really need to get away from it all. Ditch the urban jungle and fall in love with the allure and attraction of rural life. HomeAway has 1,104 rural holiday rentals in this destination. Want to try a different setting? See if any of our other properties take your fancy. Our options here include:

  • 712 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 554 lakeside holiday accommodation options.
  • 330 mountainside holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Cumbria?

Our house holiday rentals are real accommodation for real travellers. With loads of space to spread out, they're perfect for those who want to experience life like a local. There are 2,199 houses available on HomeAway. Prices start from £37 per night. If that doesn't match your group's style, we've got a number of other self-catering accommodation options available, such as:

  • Cottage: 1,841 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £40 per night.
  • Apartment: 207 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Hotel: 173 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £33 per night.

Can I stay in Cumbria in a large group?

It can be hard finding time to unwind with your relatives and friends. A group getaway is the perfect opportunity to come together. If you were hoping to kick back together, HomeAway has places for you. The favourite option for bigger groups here are house holiday rentals, and there are 434 currently listed. Rental options around the area that can house large groups include:

  • On the hunt for properties that can fit 6 people? We have 1,350 that will fit the bill. The prices start from £40 per night.
  • If you have 8 in your family, you'll be pleased to discover that there are 632 rental properties perfect. Prices begin at just £70 per night.
  • Organising a trip away with 5 guests? We have 354 rental properties that will be ideal. Prices begin at just £40 a night.

Your whole squad will be in good hands when you plan your Cumbria escape through us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Cumbria?

Cut down on those steep accommodation expenses by organising your stay with HomeAway. You'll find a range of great holiday rentals and save loads! When it comes to finding a terrific deal, the first place you look ought to be Carlisle. Here, HomeAway has 246 holiday rentals at an average price of £114 a night. There are another 1,557 HomeAway holiday rentals waiting for you in or around Allerdale District. The average price in this area is £125 per night.

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