If you’re looking for family breaks in the Lake District you’ve come to the right place; we have a growing selection of accommodation for families throughout Cumbria, from coast to country.

Family holidays are all about spending quality time together, learning new experiences and enjoying exciting surroundings. And Cumbria is definitely the place for a great family holiday, with great family days out and plenty of holiday activities to suit all ages from mountain biking, pony trekking and canoeing to challenging mountain walks.

We can provide the perfect holiday accommodation throughout Cumbria in just the right location, whether that be next to some of the most beautiful lakes in the region or nestled in a remote valley floor. Many of our properties cater for the whole family with en-suite bedrooms, large gardens ideal for the children as well as cots or high chairs for the younger ones.

The Lake District is an awe-inspiring playground for families with so much to see and do. From craggy mountains and rolling hills to beautiful lakes and lush woodlands. If you’re an outdoors type you’ll be spoilt for choice.  Aside from mountain-climbing, there is a feast of fantastic, fun family days out to be had that will surely keep your little ones entertained from dawn until dusk.

The Lake District was home to the famous children’s author Beatrix Potter and the museum in her name brings to life her most famous characters including Jemima Puddleduck and Peter Rabbit. You can come face-to-face with tigers, penguins and lemurs at the South Lakes Safari Zoo and ride a vintage steam train up a 100-year old railway through the stunning fells of Eskale. If you are feeling adventurous there are some very family-friendly routes up and around the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike.

The Lake District has a lot to offer families and can certainly keep you entertained, come rain or shine. Here are a few of our top picks for family days out in the Lakes, no matter what your adult-to-child ratio may be.

World of Beatrix Potter

Location: Bowness on Windermere

When you arrive at the World of Beatrix Potter it feels like you are stepping into the pages of your favourite childhood books. There’s the ‘Peter Rabbit Garden’ where Farmer McGregor has erected a bunny-shaped scarecrow to keep his nemesis at bay, and there are a range of interactive exhibits which focus on the local flora and fauna and you may even spot a bunny rabbit or two. (If you’re quick!) During the summer, the venue hosts family-friendly plays and musicals – many of which feature Beatrix Potter’s favourite characters – but as one of the Lake District’s most popular attractions, booking ahead is always advisable.

Make the trip even more special for you and your family by reading (or re-reading) the Peter Rabbit books beforehand – then look out for all the extra special little details which bring the gardens to life.

Don’t miss: The Tea Garden. You can have a traditional afternoon tea in the comfort of an English country garden, in the company of Peter Rabbit himself, plus a few special guests.

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South Lakes Safari Zoo

Location: Dalton in Furness

The Lake District is a haven for British wildlife… but it is also one of the best places in the UK to get up close and personal with giraffes, tigers, lemurs, penguins and many other wild and exotic creatures!

The South Lakes Safari Zoo is a family favourite, as it combines the excitement of meeting exotic members of the animal kingdom with plenty of educational activities. And even better – kids go free! Schedule a whole day to get around the zoo – it is deceptively massive, and you’ll want to take your time searching for the animals in their natural enclosures.

Don’t miss: Giraffe feeding time! Every day, animal lovers of all ages can hand-feed tasty leaves to the park’s beautiful giraffes under the careful supervision of zoo professionals. An unforgettable experience.

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Grizedale Forest

Location: Near Coniston Water

This is the perfect place for adventurous, outdoorsy families. You can hike, cycle, ramble and sail around the vast fells of Grizedale Forest and the nearby Coniston Water. The forest is probably most famous for its cycle trails, which are graded according to difficulty so you can explore the woodland at any pace.

From the shores of the forest you can take a boat across the water to the picturesque Peel Island (AKA Wild Cat Island from Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons), where you can stroll around at your leisure and see if you can spot any familiar sights from the book.

Don’t miss: The hidden art works. Grizedale Forest has inspired countless artists and writers over the years, and there are scores of unique artworks hidden among the trees and fells of the 8,000 acre woodland. Keep your eyes peeled for iconic pieces such as ‘Taking a Wall for a Walk’ by Andy Goldsworth.

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Lake District Wildlife Park

Location: Near Coniston Water

Set in the heart of the Lake District, this wildlife park has just celebrated its 20th birthday (it was formerly known as Trotters World of Animals). Despite growing over the decades, it still feels like a small open farm, rather than an open-range zoo - probably because you are allowed to feed, hold and even hug most of the animals.

There are now more than a hundred different species of animal at the park, ranging from the classic crowd pleasers such as zebras, snakes and meerkats to the relatively obscure (tapirs, gibbons and lynx). There is an emphasis on education and conservation at the park, so expect your kids to come away with more than a few new facts about their favourite animals.

Don’t miss: The birds of prey. The Lake District Wildlife Park has one of the world’s leading vulture conservation programmes, and over the years it has made a feature of its massive collection of birds of prey. Older kids (16 plus) can experience the ‘Walk with a Hawk’ tutorial, while younger children can enjoy the Park Keeper Experience and even adopt an animal.

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Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre

Location: Windermere

If you only have one day to spend in the Lake District, spend it at Brockhole. The Lake District Visitor Centre is a one-stop-shop for the best of the Lakes, featuring a sprawling parkland, beautiful English gardens, access to the majestic Lake Windermere, and activities galore!

There are family-friendly events on offer all year round (think archery; bird-watching; even wilderness survival skills!) but you will need to book these in advance as the spaces fill up fast.

Brockhole’s lakeside location means it is also a great place to start your Lakes adventure. Catch a boat from Windermere and head north, or explore the lush natural scenery with a trek around the Lake District National Park.

Don’t miss: The Treetop Trek – part zip line, part tree-climbing, you will race across the treetops like Tarzan himself – if Tarzan had been from North West England, of course. Younger kids will enjoy the TreeNets adventure next door, where they can bounce from tree to tree across a (secure!) series of nets and hammocks.

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