Visitor Attractions

We know that many of our visitors like to combine their visit to the railway with another activity, here you will find details of other local attractions and some great combined ticket offers, to help you get the most from your day

Windermere Lake Cruises

At just over 10.5 miles long, Windermere is England’s largest lake and since 1869 passengers arriving at Lakeside station have been able to board a ‘Steamer’ and cruise its length up to Bowness and Waterhead pier (near Ambleside).

The Steamer service is operated all year round by ‘Windermere Lake Cruises’ with their vessels ‘Swan’, ‘Teal’ ‘Tern’ and ‘Swift’ in the summer season, so why not purchase one of our tickets that allow you to combine your trip on the railway with a cruise up to Bowness for some shopping, or lunch in Ambleside.

Lakes Aquarium

The Lakes Aquarium is situated next to our terminus at Lakeside Station, and boasts a huge collection of fish as well as other creatures great and small from rain forests around the world, including amphibians, reptiles, frogs, toads, chameleons, boa constrictors and cheeky Marmosets.

The huge ‘Morecambe Bay’ marine tank brings you so close to Cod, Rays and British Sharks that you could actually reach out and touch them.

From the underwater tunnel, you can see the incredible diving ducks and be stunned by the huge carp, sterlet and perch swimming right past your head! Lurking at the bottom of the tank you may discover the colossal wels catfish the biggest of which is 6ft long.

Lakeland Motor Museum

A short walk from Haverthwaite Station, the Lakeland Motor Museum has possibly the finest collection of automotive memorabilia on public display in the UK and offers something for everyone and is much more than just a museum.

Consisting of over some 30,000 exhibits, the collection has been carefully assembled over a period of almost 50 years and painstakingly displayed afresh, alongside many non-motoring additions.

The World Of Beatrix Potter

It’s just a hop, skip and a jump up the road from Bowness Pier to the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, the only Beatrix Potter themed attraction in Europe, where you can visit Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck and many other delightful characters.

The attraction includes all 23 Tales by Beatrix Potter, brought to life in a magical indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells. So you can meet Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s garden, discover Jemima Puddle-duck in the woodland glade and visit Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle in her kitchen.

Fell-Foot National Trust Park

Situated on the opposite shore of Lake Windermere to Lakeside Station, Fell-Foot National Trust park offers breath-taking views of Lake Windermere and the fells at the north end of the lake.

During the summer season a ferry carries foot-passengers from Lakeside over to Fell-Foot where you can enjoy an ice-cream or picnic on the sweeping Victorian lawns while watching the boats and soaking in the atmosphere.

Rowing boat hire is available, as well as an adventure playground for children.

Holker Hall

Holker Hall is the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish who welcome visitors of all ages to one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain.

Magnificently situated only a short distance from Grange-over-Sands and the expanse of Morecambe Bay, Holker Hall is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into Parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills.

Brockhole Visitor Attraction

Take in the scenic views and gardens down to the shores of Windermere. Browse round the shop and treat yourself to something tasty in the café.

The extensive gardens are a delight whatever time you choose to visit. Take a stroll around the grounds to the lake shore or enjoy the displays around the house.

Events all year. You can try building a raft and learn how to survive in the wilderness; something for everyone come rain or shine!