Top attractions in Cumbria other than the Lake District

Monday, 17 October 2011 1:08 PM

Cumbria is well known for the Lake District, but there are many other top attractions and sightseeing opportunities to enjoy while visiting the region.

Whether you are hoping to take a stroll around one of the grand homes in the county, visit museums and galleries or eat out at a fantastic restaurant, there will be something to make your trip a short break to remember.

If you have been lucky enough to find holiday cottage deals in the area, your first stop should be at one of the county's manor homes, which provide a relaxing afternoon's walk.

Holker Hall Gardens date back to the 19th century and have both English and Italianate characteristics, including a number of water features such as a limestone cascade and fountains.

Covering a 25-acre plot, the gardens have roses, azaleas, spring bulbs and rhododendrons, which offer a cornucopia of colour.

You should also keep an eye out for fallow deer and red deer, which can be glimpsed walking around the grounds' deerpark.

Intimate woodland walks are available here, allowing you to escape into the region's natural landscape for a couple of hours.

History buffs will no doubt be pleased to know that the area has many fascinating museums to explore, making for an excellent day out for those staying in Cumbria holiday cottages.

Visitors can learn more about famous people associated with Cumbria, such as Beatrix Potter and Stan Laurel from comedy duo Laurel and Hardy.

There are also institutions that explore local industries, including pencil making, mining and the maritime tradition.

If an evening of fine dining is on your itinerary while staying in Cumbria, a night out at the Drunken Duck Inn is a good place to start.

Set in a romantic location above the lakes and below the fells, this venue has an excellent menu with items including quince and rhubarb salad, fillet of beef with mushrooms and tender duck leg with prosciutto.

The restaurant even has its own brewery, which means you can enjoy a pint of Westmoreland Gold ale while you chat with locals or spend some quality time with your partner.  

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