Cumbria

Where is Cumbria ?

Cumbria is a county. It is located in the northwest part of England. Cumbria county comprises districts; six in number (Barrow-in-Furness, Allerdale,  Copeland, Eden, Carlisle and South Lakeland) and has a population of around 500,000. Cumbria is one of England’s most sparsely inhabited areas, with 75 people every km2.

Cumbria is largely agricultural and is home to the national park, a unesco world heritage site deemed among the finest natural beauty areas in England, which acts as an outlet for authors, writers and musicians.

Tourism is the most broadly spread sector in Cumbria. Alone, the national park of lake district attracts about 15. 8 million tourists per year.

Here Are Some of the Must-See Places to Visit in Cumbria?

There are lots of fun places to visit in Cumbria but here are our top nine.

Stunning Scenery in the Lake District

The National Park of  Lake District is located in Cumbria, a rural county in the northwest of England, which is among the most beautiful regions of the UK. 

World-renowned for its stunning lakes and mountain fells chiselled by glaciers long ago, the lake is loved by walkers.

The brockhole park visitor center and coniston boating center are situated not too far from the area. Together with the reservoirs, the spectacular Newlands Mountains, the stunning views from Sphinx Rock and the dramatic drive across Kirkstone Pass are two of the scenic highlights. There are lakeside villages with activities and places to visit, and miles of scenic roads and sightseeing trails throughout the park.

More than 100 animal species live in this 25-acre park which participates in six endangered species programs. During the day there are park keeper lectures, including an on-site cafe and sandbox for indoor soft-play and outdoor adventure.

Keswick and its Historic Market Town

When you’re tired after a day of hiking in the fells you couldn’t find a better place to chill than Keswick’s historic market town. If you have plenty of energy left, Keswick is also one of the UK’s largest outdoor adventure centres and there are a wide range of adventures and activities located around here.

Water sports are very popular here and 2 marinas are located nearby derwentwater. There are 2 indoor climbing walls, several hire shops for mountain bikes and a wide array of outdoor gear stores. With a good choice of beautiful sites near Keswick, glamping is becoming extremely popular. 

Ambleside Ferries are Amazing

At the mighty Windermere’s northern shore, Ambleside is a town to fall in love with at first sight. The ferry at Waterhead Pier in Lake Windermere dates back to 1845. Ferries can be brought today to the pier at Lakeside and Bowness between Wray Castle, Newby Bridge and Brockhole Visitor Centre. There is a large array of outdoor recreation opportunities accessible around Ambleside and Windermere Lake.

Experience the Rich Cultural Activity in Carlisle

The county's only town is a few miles away from the Scottish border, and has a rich tradition and community service. Nicknamed the Great Border City, today Carlisle is North Cumbria's main cultural, commercial and industrial centre. It contains the university of Cumbria's major campuses, and a number of museums and heritage centers.

Engage yourself in Rock Climbing in Coniston

Coniston is a good option if you're about to reach the fells. Coniston's bulky old man overlooks the little town and guides you 400 meters up to the summit through easy-to-follow trails. On Coniston sea, there are two public launch facilities, national trust steam yacht gondola and coniston launch.

Take yourself Around Sophisticated Shops in Penrith

Penrith was once the capital of Cumbria's. With a good mix of traditional shops and sophisticated arcades, it is now an important shopping centre.

Experience the Rich Cultural Heritage in Kendal

Kendal is also a nice little destination of its own. You can find on the streets that almost everything is made of gray calcareous, which is quarried locally and gives kendal a gravitas smell. Kendal, a market town and visitor getaway, lies in the kent valley, beneath the lake eastern fells. The cottages, mansions and old industrial remains of the town are constructed with a formal grey tone from rusticated calcareous soil, gaining Kendal the designation Auld Grey Village.

Let's go fishing in Hawkshead

A pocket-sized settlement in the center of the hawkshead national park. Their little brother, esthwaite lake, is situated between windermere and coniston shore, just south of hawkshead and a perfect location for trout and pike fishing. Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1532, Hawkshead was an important cloth market in medieval times, and later as a commercial town. In 1608 King James I gave it its first commercial charter.

Brampton will take you to Hadrian's Wall

Brampton is a clean market town that is the perfect base from which to visit Hadrian's Wall, which is just 2 miles south. Much smaller than Carlisle, if you are looking for a quieter place to plot your walks, this a good place to base yourself.

Fun and Games in Cumbria During your Holiday

There are lots of fun and game activities in Cumbria but here are our top choices

Learn Clay Shooting at Michael Coates Clay Shooting

Although almost anyone can be taught how to fire a gun, not everyone can accurately fire one, and hit a target. Air gun firing happens inside a specifically built shooting range of various set objectives to be shot at. Shots are shot using a pneumatic weapon (sometimes referred to as a pellet gun, or bb gun) which uses compressed air to shoot the projectile rather than propellants which are used by the more powerful firearms. You should hope to gain first-hand experience about how to fire a rifle for this event, coupled with the health briefings you are going to receive. You will have an instructor who will be with you as regards your safety and the safety of others at all times. If your ability improves, you'll be challenged to advance from easy to more challenging activities. Still have it in the back of your mind that you're going to need to wear a cloth that has plenty of pockets to hold your valuables. You may also need to put on a hat to prevent pieces of clay from falling onto your head. You'll also be provided with eye protection.

Experience the Thrill of VR Games

The First Virtual Reality Arcade by Cumbria, opened in June 2019. They host different kinds of games and activities varying from educational to f1 driving, or zombie survival, solo games and online sports. Suitable for 12+ age classes, there is also a sitting area accessible for guests, events and business bookings.

Lakes Escapades

Lakes Escapes Ltd is the Workington-based Premier LIVE escape room at Cumbria. Teams of 2 to 6 players are expected to achieve the game goal within 60 minutes. There are various themed rooms to match a broad variety of individuals and if you travel with relatives, mates or coworkers you are guaranteed to have an enjoyable time. You are positioned in a space where you have an hour to escape so you can only escape by solving secret puzzles. Your group will need to use logic to complete the task in time to guide you when you are stuck in a task.

Climb your Way to the Top in Cliffhanger Rooms

Cliffhanger rooms were the first escape Rooms opened in 2016 in Cumbria, and are currently ranked No1 escape rooms. There are plenty of objects, codes and hidden hints that can help you finish your mission in time. You have to be smart to solve the puzzles. You've got to work together in a team, think together and most importantly laugh together.

Crafty monkeys educates children

Crafty Monkeys encourage children and adults to let loose on the Potter's wheel to design their own pottery, paint ready-made things such as cups, piggy banks, giant trucks and sculpt your own teddy bear or build a lovely mosaic. Hand, foot or paw prints are still possible to do on pottery or in mud, with no need to pay. The studio has cafe facilities and you can enjoy fresh coffee and pastry even though you're not making anything.

Alhambra Cinema provides Thrill and Entertainment

The Alhambra screens current films with magnificent digital quality every day in a 105-year-old heritage auditorium. Several times a month, the best of the world's theater, dance and opera is broadcast live via satellite.

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Celebrate your Birthday in Eden rock

Eden rock is among England's highest indoor bouldering walls. Eden Rock is an indoor climbing center with a dedicated children's area, and a café serving parents with coffee and teas. Children's activities are held every day of the week where the workers collaborate with the children to develop confidence, power and exercise. The most famous activities they have to give are birthday parties; these are one and a half hour enjoyable sessions that are completely supervised by our instructors; tons of sports, loads of laughter and the best for you. On request there's a purpose room open for refreshments after climbing.

Ambleside Climbing Wall

With their experienced and fully qualified instructors, they will take you through the basics of climbing and bouldering while ensuring that the children get lots of things going on the walls and that the parents may even be able to learn some skills. The wall offers 5+ age taster sessions (children under the age of 12 need an adult to participate in the session). They also provide private workshops for all ages (not needing adult supervision). On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, they always operate a program where the kids will have fun and play on the wall and learn a few things in the process.

Royal Entertainment at the Royalty Cinema

A landmark cinema built in 1926, The Royalty in Bowness-on-Windermere is refurbished in the central auditorium to new specifications with stables and circle seating. The three screens are projected with pullman seating, dolby music, audio, and 3d. The Royalty presents the new entertainment launches while holding a number of events, live performances of London's big theater and dance works.

Travel to Witness Cartmel Racecourse

While it is among the smaller racecourses in England, the racecourse boasts the 3rd highest total turnout at any race meeting in the UK (after Ascot & Aintree). Horse racing enthusiasts and people travel from near and far after a great day out for this great social gathering coupled with the spectacle and atmosphere that provides a great day out for everyone. To top it off, this magnificent experience is set against the background of stunning fells and mountains in the lake district.

Enjoy Live Piano at Mirehouse & Gardens

Located in the heart of the north lake district, 3 miles from keswick, mirehouse's magnificent natural gardens provide breathtaking views of the scenic lakeland scenery in which they are situated. Enjoy the tranquility of the walled Bee Garden, stroll along the Poetry Walk in quiet contemplation or sit by the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. Visitors of all ages are invited to explore playgrounds in the park, views around the lakeside, and peaceful gardens. Enjoy live piano music in the building, special pieces, and kids games. It is a pleasant family owned manor house in the north lake area, with rare literary links. Set in a stunning location between Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake.

Which Beaches Should You Got to on Your Holiday in Cumbria

There are lots of beaches in cumbria, but here is our top nine

Seascale beach for a Charming Seaside Retreat

Seascale is a tiny charming seaside area, rich in Victorian heritage thanks to the opening of the Furness Railway in the 1850's. The railway was opened to improve the status of Seascales as a holiday destination and that hasn't changed today. It's the best way to experience a nice beach in lake district with the bracing sea breeze, healthy sandy beaches and secure swimming. The wooden jetty serves as a focal point for fishing, beach tossing, wind surfing and water skiing and offers the point of departure for several fantastic walks. Today the village maintains most of its Victorian elegance, including the water tower, a listed structure used to pump water from a huge water tank on the hill where the golf course is today. The old wooden jetty has been reinstalled to mark the millennium. It is a focal point for hunting, beach tossing, wind surfing and water-skiing offers a point of departure for many of the village walks.

St Bees Beach for a Long Sandy Beach

The village of St. Bees is on the west coast of cumbria, four miles south of Whitehaven, at the end of a long gorge. It has a long sandy beach, and is a popular resort for holidays. St bees beach consists of a shingle bank that slopes down to a white sandy expanse. For most tide conditions, the sand here is uncovered. At the northern end of the beach is a promenade which stretches into the central section of the beach towards the red sandstone cliffs. Beyond these the beach is backed by St Bees Golf Club.

Parton Beach for Rocks and Pebbles

The beach here consists mainly of pebbles and rocks, although a sandy area is exposed at low tide. The beach isn't exactly the type of place that draws a lot of tourists and is therefore very undeveloped. A bright mural on the side of a cottage near the train station greets tourists who go so much. A pipe under the rail line connects to the ocean.

Earnse Bay for a Bustling, Busy Beach Day

This open sandy beach is the area's most common, getting very busy during the summer. With a kite surf school on the beach, it is a common location for both windsurfing and kitesurfing. It is also a location for national championship kitesurfing. The beach offers panoramic views of the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man and the mountains of lake district that were only recently interrupted by the construction of three large wind farms.

Walney Island for Interesting Plant Life

West shore beach (walney island) has two nature reserves, both managed by the cumbria conservation foundation. The south walney reserve is a stop-off site for a large range of migratory birds and host to the only colony of grey seals in cumbria. There are also exciting plant life on the island which includes the Walney Geranium, a unique plant to the area. Earnse Bay shore is also known as West Shore bay, which is part of Walney Island's long sandy coastline. The beach is protected by vegetation and a broad dune network creating a north-facing nature reserve.

Silecroft Beach for Riding Horses

Located at the bottom of lake district national park. This softly shelving shingle beach reaches as far as the eye can reach in both directions. Low tide reveals a vast expanse of sand, suitable for kiting, riding horses and other activities. With locals and day-trippers the beach is quite popular. Sea-anglers are often seen at the shoreline. The beach has a decent range of services including a wide parking area right by the sea, bathroom facilities and ice cream truck. You can see from the summit (and on a clear day) Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and England's 14 counties.

Rampside Beach for Water Sports

Located on Barrow's southern fringes, this pebble beach is within easy reach from the lane. A causeway connects to Roa Island, and Piel Island is covered by summer ferry traffic. Rampside beach is famous for water sports and boating.

Haverigg beach for Sightseeing

Haverigg beach is situated at the entrance of the duddon estuary and overlooks the falls of lake district. The shingle reef abandons a wide expanse of ocean, running into the Irish Sea. There are large dunes of clay, lined with smooth seabed. The long beach is safe and has earned blue flag status in the past. The ride along the sea wall offers spectacular wide open views across the Duddon estuary and out to sea, wild waves and beautiful sunsets. Through the hurly burly of the open sea, the road approaches the tranquil Hodbarrow Lagoon, an RSPB Reserve and a refuge for both native and migratory birds.

Nethertown Beach

Nethertown beach is mainly shingle, with a large strip of low-tide sand uncovered. There are grassy dunes below the shore continuing along the single-track coastal railway route. A scattering of chalets and sandy bungalows is between the railway line and the ocean.

Holiday Lettings in Cumbria

Are you looking for a place to stay on your visit to cumbria? There are lots of places to stay but visit booking.com for more lettings. But before that why not scroll down as we have picked out some lettings based on reviews.

Some of the Best Restaurants in Cumbria?

We’ve picked out some of the best places to eat in Cumbria, from reading some reviews and from personal experience. 

  1. Pizza Base, Lonsdale Street

  2. Bluerare, Carleton Road

  3. Sweet Tooth, Devonshire Street

  4. Cafe Central Carlisle, Central Avenue

  5. Henry’s Dixy Chicken, Botchergate

  6. Grilla Cheese, Dalkeith Street

  7. Ma’s Kitchen

  8. Thanbir Tandoori, Cavendish Street

  9. HK Diner Restaurant & Takeaway, Church Street

  10. Royal Istanbul, Crellin Street

  11. Mr Cheeko’s, Crellin Street

If you are looking for the perfect place to go on holiday in the UK, Cumbria has a lot to offer, from beautiful landscapes, to plenty of cultural and active adventures.