Great news for Cumbria!

In total, 17 sights and experiences in Cumbria feature in the Lonely Planet’s top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for the first time in the ultimate UK travel hitlist. The list of attractions and below demonstrates the power of arts and culture in Cumbria to attract visitors, making our region one of the leading rural cultural destinations in the UK.


Full list of entries in Cumbria by rank:

5: Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbria and the North East

9: Find poetry on the shores of Lake Windermere

40: Explore England’s rooftop in the Lake District

134: Snake your way through the Honister Pass for glorious views

178: Hop, swing or jump into the cool pool waters of Eskdale

180: Relive the age of steam in miniature on La’al Ratty

191: Recreate Swallows and Amazons on Derwent Water

237: Bike or hike – or swing – through Grizedale Forest

243: Brave the Iron Way at Honister Slate Mine and Via Ferrata

285: Find poetry at the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

286: Find your inner Flopsy at Hill Top, Lake District

304: Sharpen your wits at the Derwent Pencil Museum, Keswick

310: Sample authentic gingerbread from Sarah Nelson’s Shop

343: Go on a haute cuisine journey in Cumbria’s Cartmel

358: Travel back in time aboard the Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Water

412: Get happily lost in the topiary gardens of Levens Hall

450: Visit the Arts and Crafts bounty that is Blackwell House

492: Get medieval in Carlisle Castle

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