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LakesideUnited Kingdom

Delve into a subaquatic tunnel in an impressive aquarium. Learn about the history of bobbins in this quirky area along Windermere Lake.

Lakeside is an attractive spot on the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere. The tiny hamlet, surrounded by undulating fields and woodland, has a busy pier with lake views. Rent a boat from the dock to cruise around the many islands in the large lake.

Families are drawn to this area by the variety of fascinating tanks and sections of the Lakes Aquarium. See local crayfish, perch and harvest mice in the English Lake District exhibit. Marvel at the exotic creatures in the Tropical Rainforest, including frogs, lizards, snakes and crocodiles. Other aquarium highlights include Asian otters and the tunnel under a recreation of Lake Windermere.

Walk north for 15 minutes to reach the Stott Park Bobbin Mill, which produced millions of wooden bobbins for weaving and spinning. Browse the exhibit telling the story of the mill. Imagine what it was like to work here. Take a guided site tour and purchase your own bobbins from the gift shop.

Stroll along the lively Lakeside Pier and spot boats on the water. Dine at a restaurant on the wharf or nearby in the Windermere area for local specialties, such as Cumberland sausages and Grasmere gingerbread.

Relive the classy voyages of yesteryear with the steam trains of the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, which stands beside the pier. It runs southwest for 3 miles (6 kilometers) to Haverthwaite via a scenic route that passes through the hamlet of Newby Bridge.

Find Lakeside on the southwestern end of Windermere’s lake. Bowness-on-Windermere is 8 miles (13 kilometers) north along the eastern shore of the water. Arrive at Lakeside Pier by boat from Ambleside or Bowness. Fly to Leeds Bradford Airport in Yorkshire and reach the site by car in 2 hours. London is 280 miles (450 kilometers) southeast.

Expect wet and windy winters with snow flurries. Visit between April and September for drier, warmer weather.

With its busy pier and fascinating aquarium, Lakeside is an ideal family retreat.

Top hotels in Lakeside

The Knoll Country House
The Knoll Country House
5 out of 5
Lakeside, near Newby Bridge, Ulverston, England
The price is £90 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Situated in a national park, this luxury bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lakes Aqaurium and Lake Windermere. Stott Park Bobbin Mill and Lakeside Windermere ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (64 reviews)

"Lovely place to stay, couldn't fault it. Best breakfast ive had the homemade granola was very good. Definitely recommend and will be booking to go back."…"

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2019

The Knoll Country House
Landing Cottage Guest House
Landing Cottage Guest House
3 out of 5
Lakeside, Ulverston, England
The price is £79 per night from 3 Dec to 4 Dec

Situated in Ulverston, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Lakes Aqaurium and Lake Windermere. Lakeside Windermere Ferry Landing and Stott Park Bobbin ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Great stay

"Me and my fiance had a lovely stay here. Very clean and covid rules where met everywhere. Bed was comfy. Breakfast was brilliant. Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2020

Landing Cottage Guest House
Lakeside Hotel & Spa
Lakeside Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Newby Bridge, Lake Windermere, Ulverston, England
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Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Lake Windermere, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Hill Top and Cartmel Racecourse. World of Beatrix Potter ...

4.2/5Very Good! (16 reviews)

"I took my boyfriend for his birthday and this hotel exceeded my expectations. The friendly staff gave us a tour of the hotel, our room was very spacious with a beautiful view and the food was delicious not to mention the romantic fire pits by the lake - would definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019

Lakeside Hotel & Spa
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Top Holiday Rentals in Lakeside

Lakeside Cottage
Lakeside Cottage
3.5 out of 5
(Buck Yeats Cottage Coach House), Lakeside, Ulverston, England

Situated in Ulverston, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Stott Park Bobbin Mill and Lake Windermere. Lakes Aqaurium and Lakeside Windermere Ferry Landing ...

Lakeside Cottage
Abbey Apartments
Abbey Apartments
4 out of 5
48 Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, England
The price is £92 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec

Situated in Barrow-in-Furness, this aparthotel is 4.5 mi (7.2 km) from South Lakes Safari Zoo and within 12 miles (20 km) of Laurel and Hardy Museum and Manjushri ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)

"Excellent property good location in the centre close to plenty of restaurants"…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Abbey Apartments
Low Jock Scar Country Estate
Low Jock Scar Country Estate
4 out of 5
Selside, Kendal, England

Situated in a national park, this cottage is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Lake District National Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Kendal Museum and The Quaker Tapestry ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Lovely retreat with excellent hosts.

"Lovely location, a little difficult to find but once found it was a very nice place. Good facilities in the accommodation with supplies of essentials to get started. Lovely hosts and very accommodating"…"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019

Low Jock Scar Country Estate
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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8 Sep 2019

This area can get very busy during July to August with heavy traffic and long queues for Ferries and ticket offices. However, risking poorer weathet and going at other times is much quieter and enjoyable.

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Aug 2019

A good full days activities for the whole family .

4/5 - Good

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18 Aug 2019

Beautiful building & location, poor service. No hair dryer, mini bar or safe in room. Staff training was a serious issue. service very slow, dishes stacked on table at breakfast. Hot served before cold finished etc

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