Winter in the Lake District
Winter view of Derwentwater

There's nothing like a bracing walk on those crisp winter days in the Lakes when the summer crowds are gone, and Otter Tarn is the perfect place to enjoy the Lake District during the winter months.

Places to visit during the winter in the Lake District

If you are wondering what you can do in the Lake District during the winter months, fear not. There are still plenty of things to entertain you. Here are our top five favourite places that are open all year round.

1. Windermere Jetty Museum

The Museum brings to life the stories of steam launches, sailing yachts, motorboats, record-breaking speed boats as well as the people who built and sailed in them. Visitors can sail on Osprey, a fully-restored Edwardian steam launch (subject to weather conditions).

There is a Boathouse, large exhibition space, workshops with viewing windows, a learning centre, and lakeshore café have stunning views across the lake and fells beyond. 

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2. Sizergh Castle & Gardens

Sizergh Castle is a beautiful medieval house, with rich gardens, an excellent café and a delightful gift shop. The manicured gardens are worth seeing all year round. There's a pond, lake, a national collection of ferns and a superb limestone rock garden.

The castle is still a family home which gives it a unique charm. You'll see centuries-old portraits and fine furniture alongside the current generation's family photographs.

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3. Lakeland Motor Museum

For car enthusiasts, the Lakeland Motor Museum is the perfect attraction. The museum houses over 30,000 exhibits tracing more than 100 years of road transport heritage. Recently a new exhibition opened which details the history of the Isle of Man TT Races, one of the most famous motorbike events.

You'll find numerous fascinating stories from the Lake District, including a typical 1930's Westmorland garage re-creation, and a Donald Campbell Bluebird Exhibition. It's a thought-provoking and enjoyable visitor experience whatever the weather.

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4. Brantwood, East of Lake Coniston

You can take the famous Coniston Steam Yacht gondola directly to this historic home of prominent British social thinker John Ruskin. Ruskin bought the house in 1871 and quickly set to work on imposing his concept of 'organic architecture' on the building.

The original seven rooms used by Ruskin are open to the public and filled with original furniture, art and artefacts gathered and created by him. The house also has immaculately kept gardens, which enjoy expansive views across Lake Coniston. 

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5. Lakes Aquarium, Newby Bridge

At the Lakes Aquarium, you can discover over 30 displays of the fascinating and secret world of wildlife and freshwater creatures that live in the Lake District waters. You will also see a dramatic mountain-top waterfall that leads down a moorland stream complete with salmon. There are daily talks, is a lovely café to enjoy a coffee or a leisurely lunch.

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About Otter Tarn

We'd be delighted to welcome you to Otter Tarn for your visit to the Lake District. We are ideally placed to visit Windermere, Coniston, the Western Lakes, Grasmere, Rydal Water & Ullswater.

You can check our availability and make enquiries here.

07789 502278
015395 31566
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Otter Tarn, Mungeon Farm,
Backbarrow, Nr Ulverston,
Cumbria LA12 8EY

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