Your Top Central Lakes Attractions

The results are in; Windermere Lake Cruises are your number one top attraction in the Central Lake District. Over on our Facebook page, this month,  we’ve been asking you guys to vote for your top attraction in the central Lake District. The Central Lakes is less than a 30-minute drive from the M6 and so these attractions are ideal places to meet up with friends and family. These are world-class attractions and designed with you in mind; whether it’s a short break or a summer getaway, we all love rainy-day things to do as well as places that you know the whole family will enjoy.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness Bay

This is your top attraction in the Central Lakes and you’re not alone in sharing the love for this superb experience. Windermere Lake Cruises have been racking up awards since opening in 1845! All year-round, and with daily trips, their fleet of 17 glorious steam vessels take holidaymakers on pleasure cruises up and down the length of the beautiful Lake Windermere to Lake District hotspots like Ambleside, Lakeside and Brockhole. They are an all-weather attraction, with outdoor decking for basking in the glorious Lake District sunshine as well as an indoor undercover area with a bar serving warming hot drinks as well as a licensed bar under a covered cabin. Wave at walkers on the lakeshore, spot islands, watch the waves from the boat, and cry ship ahoy to passing boats. Time spent on the water is an experience like no-other.

The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness

Put on your floppy rabbit ears and hop underground to a magical place of bunny warrens and hedgehog hideaways at The World of Beatrix Potter, easily located in the centre of Bowness. Popular with families with children from ages 3 to 12, you can easily spend half a day at this one-of-a-kind celebration of all things Peter Rabbit & Friends. Inside, you walk through several interactive rooms with lifesize models of the magical Peter Rabbit characters, with fascinating information boards about Beatrix Potter for the parents and little peep-holes and fun displays for the younger visitors. Outside, there’s an enchanting little Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden.

Mrs. Josephine Rabbit (Peter Rabbit’s mummy) was a fan of chamomile tea, especially if Peter had got a little bit hot under the ears with his mischievous ways. So, when visiting THe World of Beatrix Potter you must pop into their lovely, newly refurbished, tea rooms for a spot of something tasty.

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Haverthwaite Railway, Lakeside

From being a loco driver for the day to a kids crafts and activities carriage, Haverthwaite Railway is much-loved for being a hands-on experience for all the family. The little heritage train ride takes passengers deep into the heavenly Leven Valley in the South Lakes, yet it is so easy to get to. The 3.2-mile journey runs between Haverthwaite Station, near Newby Bridge,  to Lakeside Pier, at the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Here there are steam cruise connections for arriving on boat from both Ambleside and Bowness. As well as the train journey, there are lots to do at Haverthwaite Station, including cafe serving a lovely afternoon tea and a great gift shop (especially for model fanatics), a lovely little walk and outdoor children’s woodland play area. Plus, the Engine Shed is home to a collection of steam and diesel locomotives. Memories of holding hands as you board this little slice of Lake District heritage at Haverthwaite Railway are ones that last forever.

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