How To Enjoy The Lake District On A Rainy Day

August 4, 2023

Much like the rest of the UK, you may be wondering where the sun has gone. This summer is certainly not delivering the heatwaves and sun we were promised. Instead we have unfortunately been hit with months worth of rain in just some weeks. Although the weather is damp , that does not mean spirits have to be! If you have planned a trip to the Lake District during the summer holidays this summer, do not fret. There is still plenty you can do to enjoy the lakes, even in the rain. This article by Inn On The Square, details some of the best local Lake District sights to see while the rain pours down outside. 

Visit Local Keswick Museums 

The town of Keswick is blessed with several indoor activities, including a choice of museums. Suitable for all the family, Keswick has several museums including, the Keswick Museum, Derwent Pencil Museum, and The Bond Museum. All of which are easily accessible from nearby towns. 

Keswick Museum – Keswick museum showcases collections that give an insight into life in and around Keswick through time. With interactive exhibits and activities for kids, this is an excellent stop off for groups of all ages and will certainly keep your little ones entertained on rainy days. 

Derwent Pencil Museum – A slightly different museum experience, but certainly one to tick off your list, Derwent Pencil Museum, teaches visitors about the history of the pencil! Home to the world’s first pencil, this museum and its collection of art makes for a great trip, particularly for art lovers. 

The Bond Museum – The Bond Museum is certainly a must-see for James Bond fans and film fanatics. A unique visitor attraction, the museum is home to a complete collection of cars, boats, bikes, and even planes that have featured throughout the James Bond franchise of films. 

Take A Covered Boat Cruise 

Although going out on the water may not seem very appealing during the wet weather, all of the boat operators on the lakes offer covered boat tours. So, you can enjoy the views from the lakes, including Windermere, Coniston, Derwentwater and Ullswater, while staying warm and dry. Details of local boat tours can be found across the local area, including from local hotels and tour guides. 

Take A Trip On One Of The Local Railways 

A fun and unique way to get out of the rain is to take a trip along one of the local railways. With a few to choose from you can enjoy a wide range of sights across the lakes. 

For example, tickets for The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway can be purchased on the day of travel. Travelling on the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England, allows you the chance to pass through stunning scenery and also stop off at some excellent historical sites. Perfect for keeping little ones entertained but also ticking off several of your Lake District must-see sights. 

A Trip To The Big Screen 

If you fancy a cosy day on your trip to the lakes, a visit to the independent Keswick Alhambra Cinema is a must. Showing all the latest films throughout the day, this is a great stop-off if you fancy getting out of the rain for a few hours. All while supporting a local business too! 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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