Whether you want peace and quiet or the bustle of a market town, there's something for everyone in the Lakes

If you're visiting the Lake District over the Easter weekend you might be wondering what to do, not for lack of choice, there's so much to do in the Lakes that it can seem quite daunting.

We've put together a list of five things to do during your visit, whether you're a family of five or a solo traveller there's something for everyone in the national park.


Muncaster Castle


Muncaster Castle is the perfect family day out, the grounds are beautiful and spacious with plenty to explore with young children. 

Situated among the idyllic Wester Fells of the Lake District, Muncaster Castle is steeped in rich history with guided tours of the interior taking place daily in a both English and Japanese. Explore the haunted home with members of the Pennington family who have had the castle since the 13th.

The castle is also home to a bird of prey centre with aviaries and mews for a host of owls, falcons and eagles, as well as a flying arena where the birds are shown off to visitors to raise awareness of the centre's conservation efforts.

Muncaster Castle is the final stop on Mountain Goat's High Adventure tour and is one of our favourite places to spend the afternoon.


Cruise on a lake


The Lake District is home to 33 different bodies of water, ranging from tiny tarns to lakes 10 miles long. On Mountain Goat's tours we take passengers to Derwent Water, Windermere and Ullswater for a boat trip where they are surrounded by some of the most amazing scenery imaginable.

Boat trips in the lakes are a magical experience, whether you're boarding Windermere Lake Cruises' ferries or the wooden launches on Coniston water, you are sure to have a great time. 

All ferries are family friendly and provide a relaxing experience with incredible photo opportunities and plenty of time to soak up the sun (if it's shining).

Mountain Goat tours often include a lake cruise in their prices so check our products to find which tour would suit you best.


Honister Slate Mine


Honister Pass, the pass which links the Borrowdale valley and Buttermere, is one of the most majestic sights in the Lake District. Surrounded by huge fells with two lakes at either end it provides some spectacular views.

It is also home to the Honister Slate Mine, which has been in operation since the beginning of the 18th Century. Stop for a break on our Mountain Goat tour, have a quick coffee and learn about the history of the mine.

For the more adventurous, make your own way here and tackle the Via Ferrata, a climb up the cliffs following the old mining tracks.




Keswick is a charming town in the north Lakes, a market town with many lovely pubs, restaurants and cafes. There is something for everyone here.

Keswick is surrounded by good fell walks, Catbells and Skiddaw being some of the most popular with visitors. There are varying degrees of difficulty so make sure you head out prepared.

Families may enjoy The Theatre By The Lake watching one of the many critically aclaimed shows and then spending the evening eating fish and chips by the side of Derwent Water.

Whether you want to spend the evenings curled up in front of the pub fire with a pint, or watch a live band you'll be able to do it in Keswick.

On Mountain Goat's Ten Lakes Spectacular tour you'll have the chance to stop in the town for a while to enjoy all it has to offer.


Ashness Bridge/Surprise View


A short walk or drive from Keswick are the beauty spots Ashness Bridge and Surprise View, nestled high above Derwent Water they provide breathtaking views along the whole valley.

Ashness Bridge itself is said to be the most photographed packhorse bridge in the north of England and we're not surprised, it's one of the highlight stops on our Ten Lakes tour.

There are a few looping walks in the area, which will bag you a Wainwright or two. 

There are also several lakeside hotels where you can enjoy an afternoon tea, or you could even spend the afternoon in the spa at Lodore Falls.