Inspiring Museums and Galleries
Discover our Historic Past
Great Days Out in Cumbria
Step Back in Time
Cumbria’s Living Heritage brings you an exclusive collection of great houses, gardens, museums and cultural attractions in and around the Lake District.
With 33 unique properties on offer for you to explore, from castles to much loved family homes and glorious gardens to cathedrals, museums and ruins, the only problem you’ll have is deciding where to visit first.
If you are in need of some inspiration for Days Out in Cumbria, take a look at our suggestions for dog friendly attractions, or days out with the kids, as well as literary heroes from the Lake District, an interactive map of all our properties, and a list of the attractions that also have the benefit of a restaurant or café, enabling you to enjoy some local food and drink on your visit.
If you would like to see our heritage attractions by destination, read our things to do in Kendal, Keswick, Windermere or Penrith.
Head To Cumbria For ‘Tales of the Long-Ago Tree’ Adventures!
Head to Cumbria in September and October to track down ‘Tales of the Long-Ago Tree’ adventures – born out of stories of the past, which are unlocked by the trees that grace the gardens of some of our houses. The heritage that can be explored through these trees is truly…Read More
Along the lane, across the dale…
David William Morris exhibition at Ruskin Museum, Coniston 9 September – 10 December 2017 The Ruskin Museum in Coniston is hosting an exhibition of paintings by the Ravenstonedale artist David William Morris. The show’s title–‘Along the lane, across the dale…’ gives a clue to the nature of David’s paintings which gather inspiration…Read More
THERE IS SO MUCH TO DISCOVER…
" A home within a home....our love within a love" William Wordsworth described his beloved Dove cottage in Grasmere, Lake district, UK. he set up home here in 1799 with his sister Dorothy. in 1802 Wordsworth married Mary Hutchinson who also lived here. Today the Wordsworth Trust owns and cares for dove cottage and a museum, which are open for visitors. this place and beautiful Grasmere is worth visiting.Ashraf Chowdhury, Dove Cottage
An amazing experience walking in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter. Surrounding views were astounding and Hill Top Farm itself was just phenomenal. We thoroughly enjoyed speaking to the very welcoming staff at the farm.Noreen Nasim, Hill Top
Had a fantastic day here and really interesting seeing all types of motor vehicles from push bikes to super cars... Brilliant and even enjoyed a nice coffee in the cafe 10/10.Martin Ollerenshaw, Lakeland Motor Museum