The Lake District is packed with wonderful sights to see, walks to embrace and things to do. It is also home to a fascinating history and packed with wonderful museums and cultural spots for you to visit. So, if you’re hoping for a getaway that allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture, then this is the perfect guide for you. Below is a list of all the wonderful things to do around the Lake District that will allow you to connect with the area.
- Derwent Pencil Museum
The Derwent Pencil Museum is packed with 500 years of pencil history and it still stands on the original pencil factory. Pencil history is a strong part of the culture of the Keswick area and you can discover through pictures, words and carefully restored original machines, the unique history of pencil making and experience how Derwent Fine Art pencils are still made today. It’s perfect for those who are interested in history of a different nature.
- Keswick Museum and Art Gallery
For art and history lovers, this is the perfect spot for you. The museum features a varied collection of Keswick’s landscape, culture, and history. It features an offbeat collection of items including Napoleon’s teacup. There is usually a temporary exhibition set up regularly that focuses on different areas of the landscape and history that surrounds the Keswick area. The current exhibition is ‘Life of a Mountain: BLENCATHRA’. After a dose of history and culture, you can shop some souvenirs or grab a coffee at the on-site cafe.
- Castlerigg Stone Circle
This English Heritage stone circle is thought to be around 5,000 years old. The Castlerigg stone circle is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles thanks to its stunning panoramic vistas and the mountains of High Seat and Helvellyn as a backdrop. These stones are thought to be one of the earliest in all of Britain and they come with a whole heap of wonderful historical factors to discover.
- Viridian Gallery
This fabulous gallery is home to a display of wonderfully individual and professional British Craft and Art work. The work reflects the rich variety of styles, both contemporary and traditional to be found in the region. It’s a perfect place for art lovers to wander and witness some fascinating works of art. There is even the opportunity to purchase some of your favourite pieces.
- Grab a Local Bite To Eat
With your appetite sharpened by a day of museum hopping and fresh country air, there is no shortage of choice when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat in the evening. Whether you prefer traditional English pub grub, fresh fish and chips, a kebab, a three-course restaurant meal, or a romantic dinner for two – The Lake District has it all. Enjoy local Cumbrian specialities such as Tattie Pot (a rich stew with lamb, sausage, black pudding, and potatoes) or local Cumberland sausage. Most restaurants in the area pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients so you can enjoy an authentic dining experience. To finish the day you can enjoy a glass of wine or a local real ale in a traditional pub amongst a roaring fire when the weather turns chilly.
There is no shortage of things to do during hotel breaks in the Lake District. Whether you’re an art lover, history enthusiast or fancy sampling the local grub, there is simply something to suit everyone.