A holiday where the sun isn’t shining doesn’t need to be a washout and even when there’s rain every day there are still plenty of things you can do in the Lake District. Here we’re looking at some of the fantastic attractions you can enjoy when the weather isn’t quite behaving whilst you are staying in the Lake District.
Tour Honister Slate Mine
Honister Slate Mine is on the main road from Borrowdale to Buttermere, at the top of Honister Pass. It is a still working mine which offers underground tours throughout the day. It gives you the chance to see exactly how the mine works and how the Westmorland Green Slate is extracted and then worked on. The tours also include a historical element about the mine and there is even the chance to follow the original miner’s track using a series of metal cables, rungs, ladders and bridges if you’re feeling particularly brave.
Hunt for Ghosts at Muncaster Castle
Muncaster Castle has been in the Pennington Family since 1208 and it has gained a reputation as one of the most haunted castles in the whole of the UK. With beautiful gardens (perhaps not on the rainiest of days), an owl centre and huge expansive rooms, each beautifully decorated. Many ‘strange happenings’ have been recorded at Muncaster over the years and it is great outdoors even on rainy days, especially if you take a walk under the cover of the trees in Bluebell Wood.
Enjoy a Dram at the Lake District Distillery
The Lakes Distillery is one of the newer attractions in the Lake District. It’s in Bassenthwaite and it offers a fascinating history into how the famous spirits are made. There’s the chance to sample many different spirits along the way and you’re not far from the River Derwent for an afternoon walk. The on-site bistro serves lunch, afternoon tea and dinner once you’ve had your fill of the spirits.
Visit Ruskin’s Residence in Coniston
Brantwood in Coniston was the former home of the area’s most famous resident, renowned artist and critic John Ruskin. Brantwood is a true gem offering up artistic and natural feats of beauty and the chance to explore the former home of a highly-acclaimed visionary. You can explore the Ruskin Museum and learn all about his time living in the Lakes. You can explore fine furnishings, beautiful paintings and many of Ruskin’s most treasured possessions. Brantwood also boasts 250 acres of gardens which are beautiful whatever the weather and a café on-site ensures you can enjoy a tasty meal during your stay.
Embrace the Weather at Aira Force
Aira Force in Ullswater is even more stunning when it’s wet. You can walk under the shelter of the leaf canopy and view the waterfalls. They look even more dramatic and inspiring when the rain pours down and the magnificent waterfall drops a huge 65 foot. The rain further amplifies the sound as the waters crash to the ground and the atmosphere is completely unique and all the more special thanks to the weather.
Explore the History of Mining at the Threlkeld Museum
The Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum offers the opportunity to find out even more about the mining and quarrying history of the Lake District. Experience underground mine tours and view a wide collection of unique machinery on the site. The quarry even has its own narrow gauge railway on which you can enjoy amazing views of Blencathra.
Rain in the Lake District doesn’t have to spoil your holiday. It can even make some attractions more enjoyable and fascinating than usual. There are many ways of keeping yourself occupied even if you’re visiting museums and attractions rather than hiking the fells.