Due to the hilly landscape and proximity to the Atlantic, the weather in The Lake District can be very changeable, with visitors often seeing four seasons in one day! Rainy days often blow over in a few hours to reveal rainbows and clear skies, but on those days when the clouds just won’t budge.

Still interested to visit the Lake District with your kids, so let’s check our Best Indoor activities to do in The Lake District to keep your kids active.


Best Things to Do in Lake District with Children

Family Friendly Places to Stay in Lake District

Family Restaurants in Lake District


1. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

Soak up the sights and sounds of an enchanting steam railway, admiring the beautiful countryside of The Lake District as you travel in style. This historic 3.2 mile route runs from Haverthwaite Station, which has over a dozen restored steam and diesel trains to admire, all the way to the shores of Lake Windermere.

Check out their website to buy combination tickets which include train travel plus entry to family friendly local attractions, such as Beatrix Potter World.

Address: Haverthwaite Station Nr, Ulverston LA12 8AL

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2. Beatrix Potter World

Meet the famous author’s most-loved characters at this immersive experience that’s perfect for young children. Wander through 3D scenes from the books as you meet Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-winkle and Jemima Puddle Duck.

In addition, there’s a lovely garden, gift shop and tea room, plus lots of events throughout the year, from storytelling to Easter Egg hunts.

Address: Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3BX

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 4:30pm

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3. Brockhole on Windermere

An excellent place to head to on a rainy day, the official Lake District Visitor Centre, Brockhole, has free indoor play for under 4’s. Your family will also find indoor caves to clamber through, a dedicated creativity space with puzzles and colouring, an undercover climbing wall, and much more.

Address: The Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere LA23 1LJ

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm

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4. Theatre by the Lake

A live show is definitely a staple part of many families holidays, and a wonderful treat for the kids. The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick has indeed numerous family friendly shows throughout the year. Expect to see contemporary dance shows and musicals to educational talks about dinosaurs!

There are even more events during the school holidays, as well as a free weekly storytelling session for under 5’s.

Address: Lakeside, Lake Rd, Keswick CA12 5DJ

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5. Wray Castle

This National Trust castle on the shores of Lake Windermere differs from many other stately homes; informal and child friendly. And it’s very welcoming to families.

There’s a Peter Rabbit Adventure area for creative play, as well as dressing up and a ‘build your own castle’ room. Kids will love playing hide and seek as you wander through the Castle’s elaborate halls, towers and turrets, discovering hidden doors and arrow slots.

And as there are no original contents in the castle, you won’t need to worry about therm breaking anything valuable!

Address: Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 4pm

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The Lake District is such a beautiful region of England with great landscapes that will keep your camera very active to make sure you have the best photos of the area.  No wonder why it was elected a UNESCO World Heritage site in in 2017.

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