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A family enjoying a winter walk along the lakeshore at Fell Foot in the Lake District
Fell Foot is a great spot for a family walk in winter | © National Trust Images / Annapurna Mellor

Family-friendly places in the Lake District

Plan your next family day out in the Lake District. From natural outdoor play areas to indoor themed house trails, wildlife spotting to dressing up, there's something for all ages to enjoy.

The Lake District's family friendly places

Find houses, gardens and natural play areas to explore with the whole family.

Making Christmas paper chains in the craft room at Allan Bank, Grasmere

Allan Bank 

Come and play at Allan Bank this winter. Whether you are following the hibernation trail, looking for red squirrels in the woods or having an indoor picnic, we’ve got plenty of family activities to help you create great memories together come rain or shine.

A girl in a pink raincoat smelling a potted plant in the kitchen garden at Sizergh in Cumbria


Whether you’re after a wild play area to let little legs run off some steam, a peaceful garden for a pram-friendly walk, or a children’s trail through a house filled with treasures, there’s something for all ages at Sizergh.

A family walking through the grounds of Wray Castle, Cumbria, in autumn

Wray Castle 

Discover what family-friendly activities are on offer at Wray Castle this Autumn, from outdoor walks and lakeside views to a scenic boat cruise across Windermere.

A family enjoying a winter walk along the lakeshore at Fell Foot in the Lake District

Fell Foot 

From buggy-friendly lakeshore walks to Gothic boathouses to explore and England’s largest lake to splash in, there’s something for all ages at Fell Foot.

Snowdrops next to the Crowdundle Beck in the woodland at Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank 

Whilst Acorn Bank is now closed for the season, you can drop in over weekends in February for a special snowdrop event.


A table at Townend in Troutbeck decked with Christmas greenery

Things to do in the Lake District this Christmas 

The celebrations have begun and we've got some relaxed, low-key events happening if you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the season. Capture a festive photo with your four-legged friend at Fell Foot, step back in time to a Victorian Christmas at Townend, join a craft workshop at Allan Bank or browse for that perfect gift in the shop at Sizergh.

Family adventures further afield

Discover more family days out in the North of England with plenty of places to play, explore, and create memories.

A woman and small child wearing warm clothing, woolly hats and boots walk hand in hand away from the camera, down a winding flagstone path between trees. The leaves on the trees have mostly turned hues of orange and yellow; there are also fallen leaves on the ground.

Family-friendly places in the North East 

Enjoy great family days out in the North East this autumn. From colourful woodland walks to the best play areas and explorer trails through houses and castles. There's plenty to keep the whole family entertained come rain or shine.

A female toddler in a blue woolly hat and white raincoat handling leaves

Family-friendly places in Liverpool and Lancashire 

Plan your next family day out in Liverpool and Lancashire. From the beauty of the great outdoors and amazing histories to play areas, balance bikes and even a maze, there's something for the whole family to enjoy this winter, rain or shine.

A woman and toddler lay playing in the snow next to a frozen pond.

Family-friendly places in Cheshire and Greater Manchester 

Plan a Christmas adventure in Cheshire and Greater Manchester, with play areas, activities for kids, wildlife to spot and plenty of things to do when it rains, there's something for the whole family this winter.

Girls playing in the garden of East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire

Family-friendly places in Yorkshire 

Plan an autumn adventure in Yorkshire this autumn, with play areas, activities for kids, autumn wildlife to spot and plenty of things to do when it rain. There's something for the whole family.

A child reaches up to touch one of several apples laid out on a bench outside

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