Lake District

Home of Beatrix Potter, dramatic landscapes and fascinating history.

Places to visit

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A view of Hill Top, Cumbria, home of Beatrix Potter

Explore Beatrix Potter's Lake District

Many places in the Lake District inspired Beatrix in her iconic characters and stories. The sweeping landscapes, calm lakes and charming cottages are reflected in her writing and artworks. Find out where you can retrace Beatrix's steps in the Lakes.

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Things to do in the Lakes

Two men in blue tshirts laughing as they walk through the green countryside of the Lake District

Planning your visit to the Lake District  

Get the best out of your visit to the Lake District by planning ahead. We've pulled together the tools, tips and guidance to help you make the most out of your trip and help us look after the Lake District. Find a car park, understand where you can and cannot stay overnight and get tips for ways to stay safe in the Lakes.

Visitors at Treasurer's House, York

Places in the North where you need to book 

Some of the smaller places we care for in England will be opening with guided tours, so you’ll need to pre-book before your visit. These tours will be led by expert staff or volunteers and will show the places in a new light. You may also need to book in advance at some other places temporarily, where visitor numbers need to be limited for practical reasons.

Visitors enjoying the fire pit at Sticklebarn and The Langdales, Cumbria

Eat and drink at Sticklebarn  

Round off your day in the Langdales with a bite to eat at Sticklebarn. Enjoy super tasty light bites, hearty meals and drinks, sourced locally and all in the name of a great cause – looking after the Lakes. Relax indoors or warm up by the fire pits on the terrace overlooking the rugged scenery of Great Langdale Valley.

Campers relax at one of the National Trust's camping pods Great Langdale, Lake District

Places to stay 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, there's so much to explore on a holiday in the Lake District. Discover craggy fells, wildflower-rich meadows, traditional sheep farms and crystal-clear lakes. We have a wide range of accommodation across the Lake District, from lakeside cottages to rustic bothies and campsites for you to browse and plan your stay.

Lake District history

Looking after the Lakes

A view over two lakes

The 13 valleys of the Lake District World Heritage Site 

The Lakes is home to 13 valleys. Read about the history of each of them, and how they make up the World Heritage Site.

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