Things to do in the Lake District if it Rains

We’re not going to lie – it does rain a fair bit up here. Even in the Summer. But don’t let that dampen your spirits.

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Wet Days in the Lakes Call For Some Fun Indoor Activities

You can either waterproof up and just get out and about anyway or see it as an opportunity to take in some of the Lake District’s indoor delights.

The World of Beatrix Potter

No trip to the Lake District is complete without a trip to see Peter Rabbit and his friends at The World of Beatrix Potter – especially if you’re visiting with children.

You can see Beatrix Potter’s stories brought to life in a magical woodland glade. Explore Peter Rabbit’s Garden (watch out for Mr McGregor) and see how many details you can spot from the stories – you can even sample some of the fruit, vegetables and salad that’s grown there in the café.

And don’t forget to take home a souvenir or two from the gift shop.

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Crag Brow
Bowness-on-Windermere
LA23 3BX

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Lakes Aquarium

Over two floors at the Lakes Aquarium you’ll find hundreds of incredible creatures from the Lake District and around the world, including diving ducks, blind cave fish and the amazing axolotl – these awesome amphibians are able to regenerate their limbs, gills and parts of their eyes and brains. Pretty cool, eh?

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Lakeside
Newby Bridge
LA12 8AS

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Derwent Pencil Museum

Want to see a gigantic pencil? Be rude not to. Home to one of the biggest colour pencils in the world (almost eight metres long), the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick is well worth a visit.

You enter the museum through a recreation of the mine where graphite was first discovered in the sixteenth century, learn about the fascinating history of pencil making through the ages and see how Derwent make their fine art pencils today.

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Southey Works
Keswick
CA12 5NG

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Blackwell House

One of the finest examples of Arts & Crafts architecture, with nearly all of its original features still intact, Grade 1 listed Blackwell House also enjoys a gorgeous and peaceful setting with views over Windermere and the Coniston fells.

Formerly a holiday home and a school, it’s now recognised as an internationally significant masterpiece of artistic design.

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Blackwell
Bowness-on-Windermere
LA23 3JT

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Brantwood

Overlooking Coniston Water, Brantwood was once the home of Victorian writer and art critic, John Ruskin. Now a museum dedicated to Ruskin and the arts, it holds events and exhibitions all year round, and is also co-home to the Cumbria Wisteria Collection – Ruskin was also a noted garden experimenter and the 250-acre estate features eight unique gardens created by him.

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The Brantwood Trust
East of Lake
Coniston
LA21 8AD

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