A Lake District family attraction at our sister hotel Damson Dene close to Bowness-on-Windermere featuring over 100 iconic Lake District buildings. Made from Coniston slate these miniature buildings include Beatrix Potters house, Hilltop and the Bridge House, Ambleside. Also bronze statues of Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin.
From forest trails at Grizedale to country and downhill mountain biking for all abilities. Off road routes along the lakeshore are great for the whole family. Road bikers can enjoy quiet country lanes or England’s highest passes such as Kirkstone Pass, Wrynose Pass, Blea Tarn or Hardknott Pass, which is the steepest road in England.
Located at Newby Bridge, combine the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway with a Windermere Lake Cruise or simply drive there. A distant memory of bygone years for some and a new experience for others. It's a unique day out for all.
No visit is complete without a cruise along Lake Windermere. Take the Windermere Ferry across to Bowness and sail to Bowness and Waterhead for Ambleside for shops & attractions or to Lakeside for museums.
Close to the southern shore of Windermere and next to the Lakeside Pier for the lake cruises is the Lakes Aquarium. View incredible creatures and an experience for all. Book tickets online ahead and save.
The Lakeland Motor Museum never fails to delight for kids and big kids! Offering a unique collection of 30000 exhibits and housed at Newby Bridge, view cars you will recognise from films and TV along with classic cars and motorbikes. Look out for the changing exhibits.
We are within walking distance of Hill Top, the National Trust owned former home of Beatrix Potter and in nearby Hawkshead, the home of the Beatrix Potter. Choose to book a Hill Top tour, a garden tour or visit the gallery in Hawkshead which all attract visitors from all over the world
The award winning jetty museum is one of the newest attractions in the area. For boat enthusiasts, families, those into history there is plenty to see and do. The heritage boat trips are a superb way to experience Lake Windermere and of course, see the views along the way.
Once the home of John Ruskin, this stunning historic house is set in acres of gardens overlooking Coniston Water. Look out for the exhibitions, both contemporary and historic, as well as enjoy the house and gardens and café.
Adventure awaits at Go Ape with 5 experiences to suit for all ages. Treetop Challenge or Zip Trekking Adventure for adults and adrenaline junkies with high-level tree-top crossings and incredible zip wire flights get your pulse quickening.
For older children and teenagers there is Treetop Adventure Plus then Treetop Adventure for younger children. The views across the Lake District and Coniston Water are magical too.
Mountain Goat Tours based in Windermere have been giving visitors the opportunity to be guided around the best locations in the Lake District with over 45 years of doing so. Their knowledge, experience and the variety of routes is a joy for couple, friends and families of all ages.