Abbot Hall is one of Britain’s finest regional art galleries and a wonderful place in which to see and enjoy world-class art in the elegantly proportioned rooms of a Grade I listed building. Conveniently located in Kendal’s town centre, the Gallery enjoys a pretty riverside setting and it makes for an inspiring day out for all.
Abbot Hall is well known for showing an ambitious programme of exhibitions by internationally renowned artists including Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, Grayson Perry and Elisabeth Frink. On permanent display is an impressive collection of eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century art. In the elegant period rooms visitors will discover a selection of works by Cumbrian born artist George Romney, one of the greatest eighteenth century portrait painters.
Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry
At Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, step back in time and discover how the people of Cumbria lived, played and worked. This quirky, colourful collection brings history to life through a mixture of exhibitions, period rooms and a chance to wander down a Victorian Street Scene where you’ll discover explore a chemist and toy shop.
Other galleries tell the story of the Arts & Crafts Movement and the industrial history of the Lake District and Kendal. You can also learn more about Arthur Ransome, author of Swallows and Amazons.
Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry is a must see for anyone interested in the history of this beautiful area.
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Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness-on-Windermere
Windermere is England’s largest lake, in the heart of the Lake District. Windermere Lake Cruises offer cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours – or you can even spend all day on and around the lake with the fantastic ‘Freedom of the Lake’ ticket.
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
Steam into central Lakeland on the original ‘Park and Ride’. Since 1869 this unique train/boat connection has provided the most spectacular of gateways to the Lake District.
Journeying in nostalgic 1950’s carriages hauled by one of our fleet of passionately restored and maintained steam locomotives. Enjoy the 3.5mile journey on this former Furness Railway branch line to the foot of Windermere, then onwards to Bowness or Ambleside on one of Windermere Lake Cruises’ elegant steamers.
In the English Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, familiar things are made extraordinary by the cultural landscape of international significance. There’s outstanding culture in inspiring settings, and a creative energy that puts the Lakes in a class of its own. Artworks in mountains and forests, galleries and artists’ studios, intimate venues and outdoor stages, and a packed programme of festivals, all within a few short miles.
Cumbria’s Living Heritage
Cumbria’s Living Heritage brings you an exclusive collection of great houses, gardens and cultural attractions in and around the Lake District. With 30 unique properties on offer all for you to explore, from castles to much loved family homes and glorious gardens to the magic of theatre, the only problem you’ll have is deciding where to visit first.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle
Uncover a wealth of information on Carlisle’s rich history from pre-historic through to Romans, Reivers and railways. There are notable collections of Pre-Raphaelite art and Cumbrian wildlife as well as a contemporary art gallery. The Roman Frontier Gallery brings the unique and internationally important story of Roman rule in the area to life.
Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere
This traditional Lakeland cottage was the home of the poet William Wordsworth. In 1799, Wordsworth fell in love with Dove Cottage and Grasmere whilst on a walking tour of the Lake District and within a few months had set up home there. It was whilst living there that Wordsworth produced the most famous and best-loved of his poems.
Former home of John Ruskin. Brantwood is both a treasure house of historical importance and a lively centre of contemporary arts and the environment. 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 & Crafts Movement to the founding of the National Trust and the Welfare State.
Nanny Brow Luxury Country House, Ambleside
Nanny Brow is an Arts & Crafts gem built in 1904 by the distinguished architect Francis Whitwell. Built using traditional Lakeland stone on the solid rock of Nanny Brow, this imposing country house boasts of many subtle features so characteristic of the Arts & Crafts Movement including gentle motifs of animals and flowers in the plasterwork, oak paneling and leaded oak picture windows facing the valley and the hills.
Guests at Nanny Brow will receive 10% off in Blackwell’s Craft Shop.
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness-on-Windermere
Well, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, the only Beatrix Potter themed attraction in Europe, where you can visit Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck and many other delightful characters. Discover 23 Tales by Beatrix Potter, brought to life in a magical indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells. You can meet Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s garden, discover Jemima Puddle-duck in the woodland glade and visit Mrs. Tiggy-winkle in her kitchen.
Brockhole On Windermere
Be wild and try something new, soar through the sky on a treetop adventure, or splash out on the water. Take in the beauty of our awesome mountain views, taste the best of local food and ale. Brockhole is the ultimate start to make your Lakeland escape memorable.