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Apart from the stunning scenery of the English lake district we have supplied a few links to some places which we think will be of interest to you.

Stags Head Bowness

Stags Head Hotel
Church Street
Bowness on Windermere

Tel: 01539443132
Fax: 01539447922

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hop skip jumpWorld of Beatrix Potter Attraction

Well, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump 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.

Our 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.



Kendal is situated on the edge of the English Lake District and is home to one of the country's oldest museums.

Founded in 1796, Kendal Museum's fascinating collections include local archaeology, history, geology and a natural history collection from around the globe. We also have a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and displays , events, walks and talks

Children and families are warmly welcomed with hands-on exhibits, worksheets, activities during school holidays and a branch of the Young Archaeologists' Club.

We see education as a primary function of the museum. Our aim is to enable visitors of all ages, and especially those from schools, to gain a deeper understanding and enjoyment from the material in our collections.

Kendal Museum is managed by Kendal College on behalf of South Lakeland District Council.  


Leighton Hall

Leighton Hall

The historic home of the world-renowned Gillow furniture making family, Leighton Hall is a stunning location for a day out, an exclusive wedding or extraordinary corporate event.

Its romantic Gothic towers and acres of beautiful gardens annually lure thousands of visitors, who are as enthralled with Leighton's fascinating heritage as they are captivated by the breathtaking beauty of their surroundings.


On this website you will find all you need to know about the workings of this busy and diverse Estate, situated near Grange-over-Sands in the beautiful countryside of England's South Lakeland. The Holker Hall Estate is owned by Lord and Lady Cavendish and they both take an active interest in protecting the wildlife in the area and maintaining the conservation of the woodlands and parkland.

Lakeland Miniature

Over 100 buildings made from local Coniston slate. Houses, farms and barns create the Lakeland landscape.

There are water features throughout the miniature village. The Oriental Building, which is our gift shop, overlooks the Oriental Garden.

Windermere Lake CruisesWindermere Lake Cruises

No matter where you start your journey, be it Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside the spectacular voyage gives the traveler magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands.

Add to this the opportunity to break your journey and you have the makings of a perfect day out.

Bowness is the ‘heart’ of the Lake District, a holiday town with every sort of shop you can imagine with cafes and restaurants.

Ambleside is set amongst breathtaking majestic mountains and gentle rolling fells, this distinctive and very attractive Lakeland village is always a popular point to leave the vessel before returning on a later boat.

Lakeside at the most southern end of the lake is the home of the award-winning freshwater Lakes Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway. Over 30 fascinating displays featuring the UK’s largest collection of freshwater fish as well as mischievous otters and diving ducks.  The railway is on the opposite side to our jetty and connects with our large steamers and takes you by the river scenery of the beautiful Leven Valley.

Lakes Aquarium

Lakes Aquarium

The Lakes Aquarium is top of the list of where to go and what to do in the Lake District. Visit us on the tranquil shore of Windermere for a great family day out.

Lakes Aquarium welcomes families, schools and educational trips and offers wheelchair friendly access. Windermere is one the largest tourist attractions in the South Lakes region of Cumbria.

Lakeside and Haverthwaite RailwayLakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Steam trains running a seasonal daily service from Haverthwaite to Lakeside through the Leven Valley in comfortable carriages. Connections are available with Windermere Lake Cruises. Licensed restaurant, engine sheds, souvenir shop, picnic area at Haverthwaite. Steam and diesel locomotives on display.

South Lakes Wild Animal ParkSouth Lakes Wild Animal Park

The park was an idea created and developed solely by David Gill. At the time of the construction back in 1993/4, he was an animal nutritionist with no connections to zoos, but a desire to see education and conservation brought into the public awareness by the reality of a close, wild experience, an experience for all to react to assist worldwide conservation issues. The then 32-year-old father of two, built the park with his own hands and to this day, still designs and builds all the facilities around the zoo now with the help and assistance of the large staff.

Goape at GrizedaleGoape at Grizedale Forest

Our most popular course, Grizedale is a jewel in our crown.

Fly 200 metres across the top of the Grizedale Beck and marvel at the forest canopy 17 metres up a magnificent Douglas Fir.