Attractions

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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  • Honister

    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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  • Greystoke Cycle Cafe

    Home of the unique 'Quirky Workshops' - learn a totally new skill whilst in Cumbria - also tasty homemade treats for cyclists and others.

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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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  • Laser Quest Carlisle

    Enter a dark labyrinth for a game of electronic laser tag, stalking and zapping your opponents with the latest equipment - suitable for all ages.

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  • Penrith Golf Centre

    A 300yd floodlit driving range, also with putting and bunker practice areas and even foot-golf! Adjoins a 9 hole course, ideal for beginners.

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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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