Recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status, the Lake District in Cumbria, England is one of the most stunning national parks in the world.

Over 16 million people visit the Lakes each year, and there is much more to see than the scenery. Cumbria has inspired famous writers and poets, including William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter and the area is rich in heritage. A vibrant cultural scene and a good reputation for fine food and drink attracts visitors from all over the UK.

The unique landscape which inspired Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter nurtures a new generation of writers, artists and musicians. Street art and theatre add to a vibrant cultural scene and the area also boasts many historical sites. With stone circles, Roman forts, stately homes and museums, there is something for everyone in this special part of England.

From microbreweries to farmers markets and quirky cafes to Michelin starred dining, the Lake District is a foodie’s paradise. Local Cumbrian delicacies such as Herdwick lamb and Cumberland sausage are well worth a try. Sample locally-produced food prepared by people who are passionate about quality.

Some of the best things to do in the Lakes include:

Relax on a Lake Cruise with Ullswater Steamers, chill out with a jazz session at Zeffirelli’s Jazz Bar in Ambleside, visit Wordsworth’s home, Dove Cottage or see a show at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. It is also worth checking out the fascinating history of Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall and watching the sun set over Windermere with Windermere Lake Cruises. The Sculptures at Grizedale Forest are also worth a visit.

Shopaholics are also spoilt for choice in the Lakes. Carlisle is a cosmopolitan city centre with high street stores and quirky boutiques. Visit the market towns of Kirkby Lonsdale and Ulverston if you want to bag a bargain. Craft fairs, workshops and galleries offer everything from designer goods to hand made furniture.

If you are a lover of the great outdoors, enjoy kayaking, canoeing, wind surfing on the Lakes, cycling, walking and hiking. Golf, fishing and horse riding are also popular pastimes.

Live music in pubs and annual festivals light up the Lake District. If you want to save time when you arrive in the Lake District, why not buy your travel passes and tickets before you travel.

If you are looking for somewhere special to stay in the Lakes, why not book into a luxurious Windermere spa hotel with hot tub suites?

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