Now that Autumn is upon us, visitors to the Lake District can expect their fair share of rainy days, but with so much to see and do in this beautiful part of England, the weather is incidental.
Some of the top 10 things to do in the Lake District on rainy days include:
1. The Lakeside Railway
Take the steam train from Haverthwaite to Windermere, visit the Lakes Aquarium at the end of the line before the return journey. The line may be short but the train is one of the slowest we have ever come across so you get plenty of time to enjoy the scenery along the way.
2. Rheged, Penrith
This award-winning centre was named after Cumbria´s Celtic Kingdom and its attractions include a cinema screen the size of 6 double decker buses. This excellent venue gets very busy when the weather is poor so get there early if you can.
3. The Puzzling Place at Keswick
The Puzzling Place was opened in 2001 in Museum Square, Keswick and incorporates a gallery style exhibition which is different to anything experienced in the area before, combining fun, surprise and education. Lots of interactive exhibitions.
4. Penrith Swimming Pool
If you want to get even wetter, take a trip to Penrith Swimming Pool. There is also a climbing wall here and a café.
5. Zefirelli´s Cinema and Bar, Ambleside
Two separate multi-screen cinemas showing the top films of the moment. The café bar is a great place to chill out and relax before or after the show.
6. The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness
Enjoy the colourful fantasy figures from Beatrix Potter´s stories come to life at the World of Beatrix Potter. Hop down the road to see Peter Rabbit, Miss Tiggy-Winkle and Jemima Puddleduck to name a few.
7. Windermere Steamboats Museum
This popular museum offers a unique collection of steam and motor boats which have graced Windermere with their presence over the years. There is a separate ´Swallows and Amazons´ Exhibition and a Model Boat pond with various demonstrations throughout the day.
8. The Armitt Museum, Ambleside
A unique Library and museum with the emphasis on fun and entertainment. A superb collection of books and manuscripts and objects relating to the Lake District.
9. Honister Slate Mines
The Honister Slate Mines are the last working slate mines in the Lake District and a fully guided tour underground is available throughout the day. Also information about the history and features of this spectacular mine.
10.The Lakeland Plastics Shop – Bowness
This may not be everyone´s cup of tea, but if you fancy some retail therapy on a rainy day, visit the Lakeland Plastics Shop in Bowness and find articles and kitchen gadgets that you never knew existed. Stop for refreshments in the café above the shop.
Whether you are visiting the Lake District for a day or a week, check out the superb boutique hotels and spa hotels in Windermere offering romantic weekends, four poster beds, hot tub suites, plus full spa facilities to take your mind off the rain!