2016 has seen a bid to gain World Heritage Status for the Lake District. Those of you that know the area well will understand why we feel we’re in with a good chance to gain this prestigious title. For those that are yet to discover our treasures, let us give you a small insight - no visit to The Lakes is complete without a visit to at least one of the following.
The Lake District is a cultural landscape that has inspired generations of artists, writers, industrialists, entrepreneurs and farmers to shape the world around them. It is continually changing as communities, visitors and businesses blend together to create an evolving masterpiece.
Writers, artists and poets
Romantic poet William Wordsworth lived in Grasmere and later in Rydal. Learn about his life and inspiration at Dove Cottage and Wordsworth House.
Dove Cottage was the home of William Wordsworth from December 1799 to May 1808. Take an entertaining guided tour of Dove Cottage and hear about the Wordsworths’ daily life and stories about their famous visitors.
Rydal Mount is a house in the small village of Rydal, near Ambleside in the English Lake District. It is best known as the home of the poet William Wordsworth from 1813 to his death in 1850. It is currently operated as a writer's home museum.
Step into the 1770s at William Wordsworth’s childhood home at Wordsworth House. This lovely Georgian townhouse, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, was the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.
Presented as their bustling family home and peopled by costumed servants, it offers an unforgettable chance for all ages to see, smell, hear, touch and even taste what it was like to live in the 1770s.
Tel: 01900 820 884
John Ruskin was a renowned Victorian poet, artist and philosopher about society and conservation.
Brantwood, former home of Ruskin, is one of the most beautifully situated houses 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.
Born in South Kensington, Beatrix Potter holidayed with her family in the Lake District where she lived as an adult writing and sketching her beautifully illustrated children's books of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and friends.
Learn about the life of Beatrix Potter and her time spent in the Lake District at Hill Top writing the Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck and other stories.
Explore the life of Beatrix Potter one of the most iconic and influential figures of the Lake District at the Armitt Museum.
Founded by poets, artists and writers as the quintessence of the cultural Lake District, the Armitt is one of Britain’s rarest small museums.
Houses and Gardens
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
One of Britain’s finest houses from the turn of the last century and survives in a truly remarkable state of preservation. Blackwell remains an internationally important icon of Arts and Crafts architecture.
Visitors are encouraged to sit and soak up the atmosphere in fireplace inglenooks, which boast fine examples of tiles by Arts & Crafts designer William de Morgan, and are free to enjoy the house as it was originally intended, without roped-off areas. The gardens were laid out by Thomas Mawson, in a series of terraces to achieve the best views from the house.
An Elizabethan mansion built around a 13thC Pele tower. The highly cherished home of the Bagot family, guests regularly remark on the warm and amicable environment. Fine panelling and plasterwork, period furniture, Cordova leather wall coverings, paintings by Rubens, Lely and Cuyp and the earliest English patchwork. Extensive Topiary garden dating from 1694.
Sizergh Castle - Beautiful medieval house, with rich gardens and estate
With more than 750 years of history and centuries-old portraits sitting alongside modern family photographs, this medieval house certainly feels lived in; indeed it is still home to the Strickland family.
Home of the Cavendish family who welcome visitors of all ages to one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain. Holker Hall is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into Parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills.
In June each year Holker is host to one of the very best Garden Festivals - a three day extravaganza for the whole family to enjoy, if you’re luck enough to be visiting at this time of year be sure not to miss it.
Live Events and Exhibitions
There are always new exhibitions popping up all over the county and we’re a real hub for festivals of all descriptions – music festivals, food festivals, mountain festivals, country fairs – there’s often a live event happening somewhere as well as in our theatres.
Take a look at our What’s On guide and get more details of local cultural events from Lakes Culture