What’s open in the Lake District

After weeks of planning, hoping and waiting for official confirmation, it’s going to be possible to come and stay in the Lakes from July 4.

Hotels, guest houses and holiday cottages will be opening, though many will not be fully open immediately.

So if you’ve been longing to have a holiday and love the Lakes, what can you expect to find as lockdown eases?

Most of the car parks are now open, but there’s an alert scheme to let you know when they’re too busy: https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/car-park-status

You can check on this site to find out which public toilets are open, too. Remember that some attractions which are opening their gardens and outdoor spaces might not have loos available yet.

The biggest attraction in the South Lakes, Windermere Cruises, will have self drive boats available, and is making plans for how and when to start operating cruises.

Grasmere’s Heaton Cooper Studio and Gallery will be opening during the week beginning July 6. This is the leading gallery of landscape art in the Lake District, showing the work of generations of the same family of artists along with visiting exhibitors. https://www.heatoncooper.co.uk/

The gardens at Muncaster Castle are open daily, but tickets must be bought online in advance and numbers will be limited.

Likewise at Rydal Mount, where the house and tea-room remain closed, but the gardens are open: https://rydalmount.wordpress.com/2020/06/11/wordsworths-gardens-are-open/

Gardens at Rydal Mount

Zeffirellis café and restaurant in Ambleside is opening , along with two of their five cinema screens. Seating will be limited, with spaces between seats and staggered patterns of seating so that there will be no one directly in front or behind another. https://www.zeffirellis.com/

The National Trust has opened the gardens at Sizergh Castle and Fell Foot, along with the car park at Aira Force near Ullswater. Parking needs to be booked in advance. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regionnorthwest/lake-district

Beatrix Potter’s house at Hill Top is closed. Likewise, for this month at least, the World of Beatrix Potter attraction in Bowness. Ullswater Steamers is hoping to re-open July 6.

Hayes Garden World is open weekdays only, 10-4, with a very strict safety social distancing and queuing regime.

It seems sad that we should have to remind visitors to the Lakes to respect the Countryside Code, to take their litter home, and not to light barbecues or fires. The responsibility lies with everyone to plan ahead and make the correct preparations to support safe, considerate tourism.

Businesses and organisations like the Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria Police, Cumbria County Council and other local authorities are working hard behind the scenes to put in place all the necessary measures to enable visitors to enjoy safe and responsible visits to the county.

Here’s a further list of some attractions you might want to visit.


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