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Top Lake District Wet Weather Attractions

The Lake District is known for its stunning scenery & charming villages. However, the weather can be somewhat unpredictable, so it’s important to have a backup plan in case of rain. Here are a few wet weather attractions in the Lake District to keep you and the family entertained:

1. Windermere Jetty Museum

The Windermere Jetty Museum is a fascinating award winning museum dedicated to the history of boating on Lake Windermere. The museum has a collection of over 150 boats, as well as interactive exhibits and displays. There is also a cafe and a gift shop here too.


Windermere Jetty Museum wet weather attraction

2. Boat Trips on Lake Windermere

Even if it’s raining, there’s no reason not to enjoy the stunning scenery of Englands largest lake. There are a variety of boat trips available, from short sightseeing cruises to longer multi point trips. The boats sail every day except Christmas Day and are all dog-friendly. 


3. The World of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter located in Bowness-on-Windermere is dedicated to the beloved children’s author. The attraction includes a Peter Rabbit garden, a Squirrel Nutkin walk, and a Jemima Puddle-duck pond. A must for all Peter Rabbit fans of any age. There is also a newly refurbished cafe and a gift shop full of goodies.


4. Hill Top

Hill Top was the home of Beatrix Potter for over 30 years. The house is now a museum run by the National Trust. Visitors can steo back in time and see Potter’s writing desk, her garden, and her collection of art and furniture. There is also a cafe and a gift shop on site too. 


5. Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a narrow-gauge steam railway that runs for seven miles through the Eskdale Valley. The railway is a great way to see the stunning scenery of the Lake District, even in the rain. The railway closes November for maintenance however Daily services will resume from Boxing Day through to New Year’s Day, with their ‘Winter Warmer’ trains! 


Ravenglass Railway Attraction

6. Lakeland Maze Farm Park

A family run farm attraction situated close to Kendal perfect for those wet weather days. The farm park consists of soft play areas, a petting shed and tractor rides around the farm. During the warmer months visitors can also make use maize maze and outdoor play area. There is also a cafe on site. Attraction open February-December.


7. Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle is a historic castle and gardens located in the Western Lakes. Home of the Pennington family for over 800 years. The castle is open to the public and offers a variety of attractions, including: the castle, extensive gardens and the Hawk & Owl Centre. There is also a cafe and gift shop on site. Open April-October & dog-friendly.


Muncaster Castle wet weather attraction

8. Honister Slate Mine

Situated on a mountain pass in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Honister is England’s last working slate mine. It is also home to a whole host of adventurous activities including underground mine tours, climb the mine, and a via ferrata. It’s also home to the highest cafe in the Lake District. 


These are just a few of the many wet weather attractions and activities in the Lake District. With so much to see and do, you’re sure to have a great time, even if it’s raining!

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