Family-Friendly Attractions in the Lake District

Popular with hikers and nature lovers, the Lake District is filled with family-friendly attractions that encourage children to get active and explore the outdoors. The next time you enjoy a family stay in the Lake District, here are five attractions you should add to your to-do list:

Alpacaly Ever After

Alpacas have become a popular wildlife attraction all over the UK and it’s easy to see why. With their charming faces, and a temperament much more relaxed than llamas, they make for the perfect exotic creatures for excited children to interact with. 

At the whimsically named Alpacaly Ever After, you can enjoy an alpaca walk with the whole family around the beautiful grounds of the Lingholm Estate. Whilst kids might not appreciate the view, what they will enjoy is that guests are allowed to take the alpacas for a paddle in the lake, meet the herd, and even take part in feeding time.

Loughrigg Fell

Young hikers might not yet be up to the challenge of conquering Striding Edge, but the Lake District offers plenty of child-friendly walking opportunities. Families with older children can enjoy a hike up Loughrigg Fell, which offers stunning panoramic views of the central Lake District. At only 335m it’s relatively small, making it the perfect day out for active families and the chance to experience one of 214 famous Wainwright Fells.

The Lake District Wildlife Park

A short 10-minute drive away from Keswick, the Lake District Wildlife Park is spread out over 25 acres of the stunning Lakeland countryside and showcases a display of over 100 domestic and exotic creatures for visitors to marvel at. A popular spot for families, the park is home to a range of birds, mammals, and reptiles.

There is plenty to see and do with daily talks offered by the expert keepers, and various experience packages available to purchase for a truly unique family day out. Visitors can also look forward to flying displays, otter enrichment time, and public meerkat feeds.  

Mirehouse, Keswick

The inside of Mirehouse won’t be of much interest to kids, but it’s the grounds of this 17th-century manor house, set on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, which make it the perfect place to visit on a family break. The wooded grounds are teaming with hidden adventure play areas offering plenty of opportunities for the kids to burn off some excess energy. For an activity that the whole family can enjoy, Mirehouse has a beautiful heather maze - perfect for a quiet stroll or for whizzing around its wide path.


No visit to the Lake District would be complete without a visit to one of its many aquatic attractions. Whether it’s kayaking, paddle boarding, or a day spent sailing, Ullswater has plenty of family-friendly activities on offer. For a less physically demanding attraction, take a day cruise on one of the legendary Ullswater Steamers, which have been ferrying passengers for over 150 years.

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