At English Lakes, we enjoy recommending local activities and events to visitors from around the world. For those wanting to explore the heritage of the Lake District, we’ve put together a list of five of our favourite heritage days out.
The unique Lakeland landscape is the backdrop for many industries including farming, mining, and tanning. The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry, housed in the former stable block of Abbott Hall, encourages an exploration of what that looked like for the people of the land – discover what a typical Victorian farmhouse kitchen looked like, what the local customs were or how the Arts and Crafts movement influenced life in the Lakes. There’s also an Arthur Ransome room containing many personal items including his library, sketch books and illustrations for many of his books.
Open Monday- Saturday, 10.30 – 5 pm
Sundays in July & August, 12 – 4pm
Adults £5.50, Children Free
Sizergh Castle is of the longest family-inhabited country houses in the UK, the Strickland family have ancestors who lived in the house since 1239. From the Battle of Agincourt, to the fight for Malta during the Second World War, the Strickland’s have had a part to play in 700 years of national history which can be uncovered first-hand at Sizergh.
Medieval architecture, fine furniture and centuries-old portraits sit amidst spectacular gardens with pond, lake, pasture and woodland.
House: Monday – Thursday & Sunday, 12 pm – 4 pm
Garden, Café & Shop: Daily, 10 am – 5 pm
Adult £10.50, Child £5.25, Family £24.80
Guided house tours £1 per person
John Ruskin’s former home set in stunning location overlooking Coniston Water gives a fascinating insight into the life of a man who was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era as well as a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. Brantwood’s character has been successfully retained and it is treasure trove of Ruskin’s paintings and personal possessions.
The 250 acre woodland estate, with 8 unique gardens, has fantastic views and some interesting plant collections. During the summer holidays there are guided garden walks on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, included in the entry price.
Children have not been forgotten and there’s a range of activities for them to enjoy, including a garden trail to discover hidden animals. A lace demonstration featuring the traditional method of needle-made lace is scheduled for every third Thursday of the month.
Summer opening: 20 March – end November, 10.30am – 5.00pm every day
Adult £8.60, Student £6.60, Gardens only £5.95, Children Free