Attractions South Lakes
South Lakeland has a wealth of attractions and places to visit which will appeal to the whole family. Step back in time at one of our historic houses or fascinating museums, relax on a lake cruise or experience the nostalgia of a steam railway. Follow in the footsteps of great literary characters like William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin who all lived in the Southern Lake District and whose homes you can visit.
The area is rich in history and there are many magnificent historical buildings to visit. Kendal Castle dates back to the 13th century and Sizergh Castle, set in beautiful grounds, has a collection of Elizabethan carvings and panelling, fine furniture and portraits.
Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, there are lots of things to explore. Lose yourself in the Lakeland Maize Maze or experience the delights of a steam train on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, located in the scenic Leven Valley at the southern end of Windermere. The railway runs from Haverthwaite Station, along the banks of the River Leven, to Lakeside Station where you can alight and board one of the 'steamer' services cruising to Bowness and Ambleside, or visit the Lakes Aquarium!
There are arts and crafts courses and workshops at The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. You can find visitor centres all around the area which make for a great day out for locals too, with cafés, shops and grounds to explore.