Sightseeing in the Lake District

Ullswater on the Rocks

Situated in the North of England, in the county of Cumbria, you will find the naturally beautiful and scenic area known as the Lake District. Whilst sightseeing in the Lake District is largely centred on the majestic lakes, hills, mountains, and picturesque scenery, there are also many historic and cultural attractions.

The Lake District National Park is the biggest national park in England. It is a popular place for tourism, well known for excellent hiking, challenging cycling and climbing and other outdoor activities.

When sightseeing in the Lake District, make sure you hit these highlights:

The Lakes

Lake District UK

Within the Lake District there are 16 actual lakes, as well as other ponds and areas of water. Each lake offers something different. Mountain backdrops, undulating hills, dense woodlands, enchanting valleys, and pretty fells add to the area’s charms. You can enjoy a relaxing boat trip on many of the lakes, drifting along and bobbing gently on the water, seeing magical views continuously opening up.

Oar against Lake District Landscape (IMG_3668)

Some areas are suitable for paddling in the cool waters. The lakes are Bassenthwaite Lake, Buttermere, Coniston Water, Crummock Water, Derwent Water, Elterwater, Ennerdale Water, Esthwaite, Grasmere, Haweswater Reservoir, Loweswater, Rydal Water, Thirlmere, Ullswater, Wast Water, which is the deepest lake in England, and Windermere, which is England’s biggest lake.

Quaint Villages, Bustling Cities, and Pretty Towns

Lake District Langdale

There are a number of populated areas around the Lake District area that make for interesting stops. See traditional architecture, pretty churches, working farms, and more. Perhaps enjoy a drink or two in a local public house, where you could also treat yourself to some delicious and traditional pub fare.

The main places of interest include Windermere, Ambleside, Penrith, Keswick, Coniston, Hawkshead, Grasmere, Glenridding, Kendal, Eskdale Green and Bowness-on-Windermere.

The Mountains

Photo by: Andy Harbach

Photo by: Andy Harbach

The Lake District is home to England’s tallest mountain, the large and looming Scafell Pike. Adventurous and active souls may like to climb this mountain for excellent views of the surrounding areas.

There are many peaks waiting to be conquered, and some popular mountains for hiking and climbing in the Lake District include Great Gable and Helvellyn. You will meet many cheery walkers on these mountains.

Lake District Breweries


There are a number of breweries located around the Lake District, some of which offer sightseeing tours and visits. See how beer is made, learn the history, and sample a locally produced pint.

The World of Beatrix Potter

beatrix potter - Mrs Tiggywinkle

This museum is all about the works and life of the famous children’s writer, Beatrix Potter. Her characters continue to delight uncountable children.

It is a terrific place for the whole family to enjoy together, and all visitors, old and young alike, are sure to have fun.

With an abundance of natural beauty, sightseeing in the Lake District is sure to be lots of fun, inspirational, peaceful, and create picture perfect memories. The warmer summer months are the best time for sightseeing in the Lake District, the jewel of northern England.

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