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Destination guide

Enjoy mountain views by Lake District National Park cottages

The Lake District National Park offers cottages nestled within a scenic mountainous region in England's northwest region. It's a popular holiday destination for its forests, lakes, mountains and natural surroundings. It's also famed as the home of William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. A Lake District cottage here allows you easy access to the homes of these notable figures, as well as a broad range of outdoor adventures. It also offers supreme levels of comfort and amenities such as fully-stocked kitchens, outdoor barbecues, full entertainment offerings like WiFi, streaming video services, stereo systems and much more.

 
History

Relive the life of poets and artists in Lake District

Lake District boasts a rich history of poets, artists and inventors that are showcased in many attractions near holiday lettings. Rydal Mount & Gardens, a beloved former home of William Wordsworth, is home to furniture and personal possession of the man himself, and the Armitt Museum offers a huge collection of works by Kurt Schwitters and other artists. The Lakeland Motor Museum is an inspiration look into UK motoring heritage over its 100-year history, and the Brantwood House & Gardens, the former home of John Ruskin, gives fascinating insight into the life of the English art critic.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Lake District

Are you hoping to discover top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Lake District a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Brantwood (7.7 mi / 12.4 km)
  • Go Ape Grizedale (8.8 mi / 14.1 km)
  • Windermere Golf Club (10.3 mi / 16.6 km)
  • Rookin House Activity Centre (11.6 mi / 18.7 km)
  • Whinlatter Forest Park (11.7 mi / 18.9 km)
  • Lakes Aqaurium (13.7 mi / 22.1 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventures from your Lake District holiday rental

Lake District holiday cottages offer endless opportunities to enjoy the storied English countryside, with 100s of walking trails for every level. Serious hikers will jump at the chance to summit Scafell Pike, while ramblers will love the gentle trail looping around Tarn Hows, a photogenic lake surrounded by oak woodlands. Kids are well-catered for, with family-friendly attractions like high ropes courses, adventure playgrounds and treetop treks through 250-year-old forests.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Lake District

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to take in the scenery, Lake District is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are a few of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Easdale Tarn (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Harrison Stickle (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Helm Crag (2 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Pike of Stickle (2 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Alcock Tarn (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Skelwith Force (3.7 mi / 6 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Lake District

The nearest airport is in Carlisle (CAX), located 34.7 mi (55.8 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Windermere Station, Staveley Station and Foxfield Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How to get around

Transport in the Lake District

Many of Lake District’s best-loved places can be easily explored by bus, boat, bike or on foot from your holiday rental. The West Coast mainline runs east of the district, connecting the locations within the region to neighbouring towns and cities, and buses can take you back and forth from towns and villages. There are buses and cruises as well, and you’re always welcome to explore on foot or by rental car to take in the scenery along the way.

Food & drink 

Farm-fresh restaurants near your Lake District holiday let

Foodies won't go hungry in the Lake District, with the region's towns and villages offering a mix of fine-dining restaurants, top-notch gastropubs and farm-to-table cafes. You'll find some of the best picks in Hawkshead, a historic village filled with cobblestone lanes and whitewashed cottages. Prefer to dine in? Holiday rentals in the Lake District feature well-equipped kitchens and spacious living areas, making it easy to settle down for a hearty home-cooked meal. Get inspired at the local farmers' markets held across Cumbria.

Essential info

Essential info for your Lake District holiday rentals stay

  • The Lake District receives rainfall throughout the year, so don't forget to pack a waterproof jacket, even in the height of summer
  • Read up on England's rules regarding "right of way" and roaming etiquette before exploring the park on foot
  • Experience the Lake District National Park through a local lens, with self-contained holiday rentals located in pretty towns and villages throughout the region
Family friendly

Reconnect with the family in Lake District

Lake District holiday lettings are found near some of the top attractions for kids and families, ensuring that your holiday is never boring. The Windermere Jetty museum is a great destination for children, thanks to its huge collection of boats and maritime artefacts, and the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway offers a glimpse into the history of rail travel in the area. The Blackwell House Arts & Crafts House, found within a Victorian holiday home, revives traditional handicrafts with its vast collection of arts and crafts, and the World of Beatrix Potter offers delight and wonder with her classic characters like Peter Rabbit and Mrs. Tiggy-winkle.

Good for couples

Romance in the heart of Lake District

Nothing could be better than a romantic holiday with your significant other in the English countryside. Many holiday cottages in Lake District offer privacy and intimacy among the natural wonder of the region, such as Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery, a premier art gallery that’s near Dove Cottage, the home of Williams Wordsworth. You could also walk in the footsteps of romantic poets along footpaths of Tarn Hows, or take a romantic gondola ride on Coniston lake to view the scenery by water.

How many holiday rentals are available around Lake District National Park?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,125 holiday lettings around Lake District National Park. From 2,483 cottages to 2,483 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.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake District National Park?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Lake District National Park. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Yorkshire: 7,459 holiday homes
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park: 1,946 holiday homes
  • Scotland: 9,985 holiday homes
  • Ambleside: 1,913 holiday homes
  • Windermere: 1,408 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Lake District National Park! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake District National Park?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Lake District National Park with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Ambleside: 1,913 holiday lettings
  • Windermere: 1,408 holiday lettings
  • Penrith: 2,318 holiday lettings
  • Keswick: 1,539 holiday lettings
  • Kendal: 1,773 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Lake District National Park?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Lake District National Park. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ambleside: 1,913 holiday rentals
  • Lockerbie: 203 holiday rentals
  • Go Ape Grizedale: 2,211 holiday rentals
  • Scafell Pike: 2,068 holiday rentals
  • Cumberland Pencil Museum: 1,923 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake District National Park listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Lake District National Park

Ambleside
1,913 holiday rentals
Windermere
1,408 holiday rentals
Penrith
2,318 holiday rentals
Keswick
1,539 holiday rentals
Kendal
1,773 holiday rentals
Skipton
1,047 holiday rentals
Ulverston
1,513 holiday rentals
Hawes
1,060 holiday rentals
Carlisle
559 holiday rentals
Dumfries
371 holiday rentals
Grange-over-Sands
1,385 holiday rentals
Lancaster
816 holiday rentals
Hexham
487 holiday rentals
Cockermouth
964 holiday rentals
Preston
558 holiday rentals
Millom
440 holiday rentals
Carnforth
428 holiday rentals
Broughton-in-Furness
1,230 holiday rentals
Coniston
1,200 holiday rentals
Sedbergh
686 holiday rentals