What to do on a rainy day in the Lake District

What to do on a rainy day in the Lake District

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Rainy Day Adventures in the Lake District

The Lake District's beauty isn't dampened by a sprinkle of rain. In fact, there's a certain charm to be found in cosy hideaways and captivating indoor adventures. So, if the heavens open, fret not! Here's a delightful selection of attractions to keep you entertained on a rainy day in the Lakes, and the best part? Almost all are accessible via our scenic boat tours!


Wray castle, Hawkshead

Wray castle

Unveil the secrets of this enchanting National Trust property on the shores of Windermere. Explore its grand rooms, steeped in history, and enjoy captivating views (even if they are a little misty!).


⛴️ Get there by taking the green cruise fom Ambleside to Wray.

The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness

The World of Beatrix Potter

Slip into the whimsical world of Beatrix Potter. This delightful attraction brings her beloved characters to life, perfect for families or anyone with a nostalgic fondness for classic children's literature.


⛴️ If you're travelling from Ambleside take the red cruise. If travelling from Lakeside take the yellow cruise.

Lakes Aquarium

Lakes Aquarium

Embark on an underwater adventure at the Lakes Aquarium. Discover the fascinating creatures of the Lakes and beyond, from playful otters to mesmerising stingrays.


⛴️ From Bowness take the yellow cruise to Lakeside.

Ambleside climbing wall

Ambleside climbing wall

Channel your inner daredevil at the Ambleside Climbing Wall. With routes for all skill levels, it's a fun and energetic way to burn off some steam.

⛴️ To get here take the red cruise from Bowness, then its a twenty minute walk.

Bowness escape room

Bowness escape room

Put your teamwork and problem-solving skills to the test at the Bowness Escape Room. Work together to crack codes, solve puzzles, and escape the themed room before time runs out!

⛴️ From Ambleside take the red cruise to Bowness, then it's a ten minute walk.

Hayes garden world, Ambleside

Hayes garden world

Escape the rain and explore a wonderland for plant lovers! From inspiring seasonal displays to a charming cafe, Hayes Garden World, one of the largest garden centres in the north, has it all.


⛴️ To get here take the red cruise from Bowness, then its a ten minute walk.

Hawkshead chocolate factory

The Chocolate factory Hawkshead


What better way to escape the rain than with a delicious adventure at the famed Chocolate Factory? Learn about the art of chocolate making, participate in a workshop, and create your very own chocolate masterpiece. The perfect family attraction!


⛴️ Get to Hawkshead by the Ash landing shuttle, then catch the mountain goat 525 to Hawkshead village.

The Rock shop, Ambleside

The Rock shop


Delve into the geological wonders of the Lake District at the Rock Shop. Browse fascinating mineral specimens, fossils, and gemstones, and learn about the area's unique geological formations. They even have a dinosaur den to explore!


⛴️ Get the red cruise form Bowness to Ambleside, then its about a 30 minute walk from Ambleside pier.

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Lakeland motor museum

Relive motoring history at the Lakeland Motor Museum. Explore a vast collection of classic cars and motorcycles, from vintage beauties to iconic racing machines.


Unfortunately our boats can't get you near to Lakeland motor musuem. But there is a bus stop close by or you can get there by car!

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