Discover some of the top destinations in the Lake District, from scenic hikes to historic sites of interest.

Where to Visit in the Lake District National Park

Okay, so there are literally thousands of incredible places to visit in the lake district, from mighty fells to historic sites, but here is a list we’ve compiled of some of our favourite places to visit whilst visiting the lake district.

Some of them you’ve probably heard of and some you’ll be adding to your must visit list!

15 Places to Visit in the English Lake District National Park

1. Rydal Mount - Home of William Wordsworth

This was once the home to William Wordsworth and is still a family home of his descendants.

However, it is open to the public and the small house sits perfectly overlooking Rydal Water.

It's magical, the gardens on a sunny afternoon make for the perfect cake stop.

2. The Coffin Route

The Coffin Route in the Lake District is a historic and scenic path that runs between Grasmere and Rydal.

It’s about 3.5 miles long, and is renowned for its picturesque landscapes and historical significance.  

Along the path, there are several stone slabs known as coffin stones where pallbearers would rest the coffin during their journey.


3. Buttermere Lake

Buttermere Lake, in the heart of the Lake District National Park, is known for its stunning beauty and tranquil atmosphere.

Surrounded by high peaks and lush greenery, this serene lake is perfect for those looking to enjoy a clasic Lake District experience.

With its crystal-clear waters and picturesque views, Buttermere is ideal for walking, with well-marked footpaths around the lake and into the surrounding hills.

The area is also popular for photography, especially due to the famous view towards the mountains of Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike.

4. Honister Slate Mine

It’s a great place to visit for those who like adventure, with plenty of activities to try out or mine tours which offers an incredible insight into the life of a lakeland minor.

Honister remains a working mine; producing slate which you can buy from the shop.

A View of Wast Water

5. Wast Water

Voted Britain's favourite view, Wast Water is the deepest lake in England, surrounded by dramatic mountains including Scafell Pike, there's something captivating about this place.

Quieter than the central lakes it makes for a great escape from the crowds.


6. Coniston

The village is a hive of activity, the lake is stunning and there's plenty of water sports or boat trips.

The village itself is full of shops and pubs and of course if you want a challenge head up Coniston Old Man.

7. Stock Ghyll Force

Stock Ghyll Force is a striking 70-foot waterfall located just a short walk from the centre of Ambleside.

This impressive cascade is tucked away in picturesque woodland, making it a delightful destination for both casual strollers and keen hikers.

A well-maintained path leads visitors through ancient woods to several viewing platforms, offering different perspectives of the waterfall as it tumbles down through the lush, mossy terrain.

It's particularly impresssive after a heavy rain when the water flow is at its fullest.


8. Windermere Lake Cruises

The lake cruises on Windermere showcase the beauty of the lake, see the fells that surround it and discover some of the history of the area.

In rain or brilliant sunshine these cruises make for a great activity.


9. Catbells

Catbells is a popular fell in the Lake District, renowned for its stunning panoramic views and accessible hiking paths.

Located near Keswick and Derwentwater, this moderate climb attracts both seasoned hikers and families looking for an enjoyable day out.

The summit offers sweeping views across the lake and towards the surrounding peaks.

Although the ascent involves some steep sections, the path is well-trodden and clear, making it achievable for those with a reasonable level of fitness.

The round trip can be completed in about 3 to 4 hours.


10. Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the most atmospheric and dramatically sited prehistoric stone circles in Britain.

Located near Keswick in the heart of the Lake District National Park, this ancient monument dates back to around 3000 BC, making it one of the earliest stone circles in Europe.

The site offers a panoramic view of the surrounding fells, including Skiddaw, Blencathra, and Helvellyn, creating a stunning backdrop that enhances its mystery and appeal.


11. Hardknott Roman Fort

The fort was built in the 2nd century AD by the Romans to guard the pass and control the local area.

It’s situated at the top of Hardknott Pass and is well worth a stop. Makes for an amazing photo.

12. Claife Viewing Station

Built in the 18th century for the tourists that began flocking to the area, it gives picturesque views of the lake and surrounding scenery.

With the added benefit of Joey's Cafe located at the site, it's a great walk plus you can get a nice coffee and a snack!


13. Muncaster Castle

The castle makes for a full day out, this mediaeval castle has been in the same family for 800 years.

The castle and grounds are packed with things to do. Including the newest attraction, the weapons hall.

Filled with activities that make you ready to be a mediaeval knight including jousting, axe throwing and archery.

14. Thirlmere Reservoir Circular Walk

The Thirlmere Reservoir Circular Walk is a scenic route that offers tranquil views of the water and surrounding forested hills in the Lake District National Park.

This walk circles the Thirlmere Reservoir, an artificial lake created in the 19th century to supply water to Manchester.

The entire loop is about 16 kilometers long, making it a satisfying challenge for a day hike.

The path takes you through a variety of landscapes, including woodlands and open areas with fantastic views of the Helvellyn range.

The route is well-marked, primarily following the lakeside, which provides numerous opportunities to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and natural beauty of the area.

Highlights include the picturesque dam at the northern end of the reservoir and several quiet spots perfect for a picnic or a restful break.

15. Lakes Distillery Taste and Tour

Go behind the scenes at their state-of-the-art distillery where the Whiskymaker's unique approach comes to life.

They also offer’ A Taste of Gin’ tour, but don’t worry there's not far to stumble for food, they have a wonderful bistro where you can enjoy locally sourced food and have another tipple.

What is the Best Place to See in the Lake District?

There isn’t just one place that is the best, there are just too many places that are truly incredible in the Lake District.

We can guarantee though once you’ve visited the Lakes you’ll be planning your next visit straight away.


What is the Best Way to See the Lake District?

There are many ways to explore the Lake District but we have to say with Mountain Goat tours you can leave the car behind and actually enjoy the scenery.

You’ll not need to worry about the stress of driving narrow roads and paying for parking.

Instead you can relax and let our experienced drivers take you all over the lake district, you can even enjoy a pint or a glass of wine with lunch!

Click here to find our more about about min-bus tours of the Lake District National Park...