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Things to do in Cumbria

Posted on 19th November 2014 by CE Team

There are hundreds of things to do in Cumbria, with the Lake District on the doorstep, loads of local events and thousands of interesting attractions.

Whether you are looking for things to do in Cumbria whilst on a cottage holiday, or even if you are on a quick day-trip, here are some great places to visit and landmarks to see.


One of the most popular things to do in Cumbria and the Lake District is to enjoy a ramble through some of the UK’s most picturesque walking trails.

With many famous walks from Keswick alone, such as Castle Crag and the Coledale Peaks, this is an area besotted with remote, rural paths to tread set against a stunning natural backdrop of fells, woodlands and valleys.


Many thousands of visitors to the Cumbria come specifically for some of the regions great traditional annual events.

Read More: Lake District events

Some of the most popular Cumbrian events include Carlisle Fireshow at the castle, the Taste Cumbria Food Festival, Kendal Torchlight Festival and the extremely popular Winter Droving Festival in Penrith.


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Even though the rolling countryside is the major tourist attraction, there are many things to do in Cumbria within some of the regions most popular market towns.

Read More: 5 towns in Cumbria you have to visit

Including the very popular Keswick where many of our holiday cottages are based, there are also the likes of Penrith, Bowness on Windermere, Kendal and Whitehaven that are more than worth a visit on any tour of the Lakelands.


There are so many attractions to see and visit in Cumbria, from horse riding to miniature railways offering stunning views of the countryside.

Read More: 8 things to do in Cumbria

From exploring historic venues like Townend and and Carlisle Cathedral to to exploring Stott Park Bobbin Mill and taking in the fantastic panoramic views atop the Beacon lighthouse, there are many great attractions in this great region.


But lets not forget why you came to the Lake District on holiday in the first place – to relax! With so many things to do in Cumbria, there are also great places to relax, take in the sunset, enjoy a glass of wine and spend time with the family and loved ones.

Read More: Beer gardens in the Lake District

Great beer gardens at the award winning Horse & Farrier in Threlkeld is just one example of a great Lake District pub. There are also many great settings to pitch up a deck chair and enjoy a picnic, taking in the views of the Catbells Lakeland Walk or visiting one of the regions world famous lakes.



Any guide of things to do in Cumbria would not be complete without taking note of the numerous picturesque lakes in and around the Lake District.

Read More: Lakes in Cumbria: The stunning waters of the Lake District

From the stunning Lake Windermere, the largest natural body of water in the UK to Ullswater which is overlooked by mount Helvellyn, the lakes of this district are where the Lakelands gets its name and what draws millions of visitors each year.

Read More: Bassenthwaite Lake: 11 stunning images

There is no better way to take in all the things to do in Cumbria than on a cottage holiday. Light the open fire and relax at the end of a long days hill walking, cycling and exploring. Have a look at our great Lake District cottages.