Discover something new in the Lake District

We've reopened our doors for 2017 with lots of new things to discover at the places we care for - where will you visit first? If it's an outdoor adventure you're after, the days are getting even longer and the weather warmer, so there's no better time to get out on the fells.

Loweswater shore with Low Fell in the background

Wild words at Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House’s first major exhibition of 2017, The Word-Hoard: Love letters to our land, guest-curated by award-winning author Robert Macfarlane, celebrates the beauty of our landscape and the evocative language once used to describe it.

Front of Townend house in the Lake District


Last year we embarked upon an urgent project to save Townend after we found wet rot in two of the house's main structural beams. In 2017, join a tour to find out what we discovered along the way.

Grasmere Lake in Cumbria

Hardwicke Rawnsley - One man and an island

Did you know that Hardwicke Rawnsley helped form the National Trust? This year at Allan Bank, his home in Grasmere, we are exploring the role that he played in the formation of the National Trust and ultimately the birth of the international conservation movement.

Beatrix Potter illustration and modern day photo showing a scene in Hawkshead village

Last chance to see the 2017 exhibition

The original artwork included in this year’s exhibition features scenes which have changed little since Beatrix Potter arrived here on her first Lake District holiday in 1882.

Canoe and dog on Derwentwater lakeshore, Cumbria

Islands of Derwent Water

Four permanent islands lie in the waters of Derwent Water. Find out more about them and about the mysterious extra one which pops up once a year at the end of summer!

The kitchen at Hill Top, Cumbria

What's new at Hill Top this year

Sometimes a change is better than a rest for Hill Top.

Discovering the house at Sizergh

Sizergh is opening the doors six days a week (inc Fridays and Saturdays)

Sizergh Castle will be opening its doors to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays for the first time in its history, now closing on Mondays, except for Bank Holidays. There is also the Library newly open to visitors, and a fresh exhibition focusing on the picturesque.

Walkers at Wasdale with our campsite on the right hand side

Visit the Lake District

Whether it's a challenging hike on the fells, a fascinating historic story, a delicious treat in one of our cafés or a pint in our pub, the Lakes has a huge variety of exciting things to do all year round.