Lake District becomes UNESCO World Heritage Site

What's on Locally

In July 2017, The Lake District became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognising the Lake District National Park as a cultural landscape of international significance.

In England’s Lake District, familiar things are made extraordinary by the landscape. 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.

Big-name writers, artists and thinkers have long found inspiration here. And tourists have been visiting for more than 200 years – for adventures for the body and soul, the mind and spirit. Because, in the words of Lonely Planet, the Lake District offers “enough to fill a lifetime of visits”.

Visit and Lakes Culture for attractions and events in the Lake District and Cumbria.

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. Includes all 23 Tales by Beatrix Potter, brought to life in a magical indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells. So 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.

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. In addition there are notable collections of Pre-Raphaelite art and Cumbrian Wildlife as well as the contemporary art gallery. The Roman Frontier Gallery brings the unique and internationally important story of Roman rule in the area to life. Ramped access and lifts to galleries. Our award winning restaurant is family friendly and our shop has unique gifts to Tullie House.

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 our fantastic 'Freedom of the Lake'.

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