Budget things to do in the Lake District

Budget things to do in the Lake District


The Lake District is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of the UK and it is one of the most stunning jewels in her crown. Families flock to the Lake District for holidays and return year after year. There is just so much to do there. It is not only stunningly beautiful it is also a great way to have a budget holiday.

Let me tell you some of the fabulous budget things for families to do in the lovely Lake District.

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Dating from about 3000 BC, Castlerigg is one of the first stone circles built in Britain. To get to it involves a good climb up the moors ( about 40 minutes from the centre of Keswick) and you are greeted with h most amazing of views. There is something so intriguing about stone circles and children will be enchanted.

Dove Cottage

Home of William Wordsworth, Dove Cottage is well worth a visit. It is a small well-preserved cottage from the 1800’s and it gives you a real insight into what life was like then.  You will find this near Grasmere and there are guided tours, A fascinating bit of history.



Muncaster Castle

This medieval castle is said to be haunted! Full of art and antiques it is set in  70 acres of wild, woodland gardens famous for collections of rhododendrons and azaleas set against the stunning backdrop of the Lakeland fells including Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain. It also has a bird of prey centre, a cafe and a playground so lots to see and do on your visit. They have historical re-enactments too if you time it right for your visit.

Coniston Old Man

The Old Man of Coniston is a famous and much loved fell in the Furness Fells next to the village of Coniston and  Coniston Water. The mountain is popular with tourists and fell-walkers with a variety of well-marked paths to the summit. There is a lot to see on this challenging climb including stunning views, flocks of sheep and old copper and slate mines. It is considered a challenging walk but worth it.

A boat trip on Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere is a bit special! It is more than 10 miles long and it is Britains largest lake, set in the most stunning scenery, There is so much to do there from admiring the views, cycling or walking around it. You could also take part in a variety of water sports or cruises depending on your budget.

Grizedale Forest

Grizedale is a stunning and interesting forest set in the Lakes that has just so much to offer. It is perfect for biking and hiking and ideal for picnics! For art lovers, there are sculptures throughout the forest.  It does have Go Ape so then you can pay to climb through the trees if you so wish but there are parks and free trails to explore so there is no need to splash out if you are trying to budget.

Good Life Cottages

In terms of places to stay do have a look at the stunning Good Life Lake District Cottages they are a family owned business in the heart of the Lake District National Park and they offer a wide variety of properties. So if you are after a large cottage for a big family or just a small cosy apartment they will have something for you. The website is well worth a peek as it proves a very useful family guide and includes a wonderful list of places to eat and drink, things to do on a rainy day and things to do with your littlest ones.



What a stunning place to visit with so much to do that is free /inexpensive for families.


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