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The Northern Lake District, and Cumbria generally, offer a diverse range of attractions for adults and children alike.
Some complement the natural attraction of the landscape, some draw on the rich cultural heritage of the area, and some are there just to provide fun.
Here is a selection of our favourites – click on the logos to learn more. The vast majority are within a half hour drive from Monkhouse Hill.

Ullswater Steamers

Cruise England’s most beautiful lake on one of a fleet of classic boats, including the oldest working passenger vessel in the world.
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Tour England’s last working slate mine, including a trip deep into the mountain, or tackle a unique rock face ascent on the Via Ferrata.

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Walby Farm Park

Multi-award winning farm park, with well known and rare animals, outdoor activities and an indoor play barn with 24 ft drop and wavy ‘Astra’ slides

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The Puzzling Place

A unique, fascinating and fun excursion for all ages into the world of optical illusion, including an anti-gravity experience and a hologram gallery.

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Rookin House

Farm equestrian and outdoor activity centre – quad bikes, horse riding, zip wire, human bowling, 4WD trips, archery, clay pigeon etc

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Rheged Centre

Shops, focussing on the outdoors and Cumbrian produce, a cafe, and films in a giant 3D cinema, all in Britain’s largest underground building.

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West Coast Karting

Go karting for children (25mph) and adults (40mph) at West Coast Karting’s indoor circuit at Maryport – first time karters are always welcome.

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Upfront Gallery

Gallery with changing exhibitions by artists from Cumbria and beyond, seasonal puppet theatre and popular vegetarian restaurant.

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Coast Aquarium

A fascinating array of fifty themed displays of marine life, from Crashing Wave to Tropical Reef. Fish feeding demonstrations every day

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Windermere Lake Cruises

A variety of boats operating cruises on England’s largest lake. Joint tickets available with other lakeside attractions.

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World of Beatrix Potter

Journey through the life and works of Beatrix Potter – from the Peter Rabbit garden to Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s kitchen.

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Keswick Climbing Wall

New indoor climbing centre with 40 top rope climbs and full instruction available. Also an outdoor activity centre.

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Theatre by the Lake

Professional theatre in a stunning setting. Repertoire through the main season, plus seasonal productions. Discount from Monkhouse Hill.

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GoApe Whinlatter

Swing trough the trees on Britain’s highest ‘Go Ape’ at Whinlatter, traverse high level crossings, then zip wire safely back down to earth.

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Hesket Newmarket Brewery

Fascinating tours around our local cooperative brewery in conjunction with the adjacent Old Crown.

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Keswick Launch on Derwentwater

Tour the lake on polished wooden launches, hop on and off to combine with short walks to well-known landmarks.

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Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway

Ride the historic seven mile narrow gauge railway from the coast to the mountain foothills.

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Eden Soaring

Experience the thrills and amazing views of Cumbria on a trial lesson in a dual control glider with a qualified instructor.

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Lake District Wildlife Park

Meet and learn about 100 species, from Anaconda to Zebra, including Europe’s oldest Gibbon.

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Kong Adventure

Indoor family climbing centre in Keswick, with climbing wall, ice wall, indoor cave and children’s hard and soft play areas.

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