Things to see and Do

The Lake District is full of activities and history, with plenty to see and do. Holly Lodge is perfectly placed to head out on a days exploring with great public transport links only a short walk away.

Why not explore the Wainwight Fells, historical, picturesque villages or stunning Lakes? Or stay closer to home with one of the following attractions in easy reach of our front door, with many more to discover…

Leisure Facilities

If you feel like having a swim and gym, then ask us for a free pass. There is also a steam room, jacuzzi and sauna. These are located at Choices Health Club, Troutbeck Bridge, Windermere LA23 1HP

From as soon as you get your Holly Lodge keys you are welcome to go to the Health Club. You just need to show reception your Holly Lodge keys and give them the 6 digit code.

This code can be found on our welcome board in our entrance hall.

Once you check-out you cannot use the Health-club.

01539 447437


The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction is located in Bowness village a short walk from Holly Lodge. Discover Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle and Jemima Puddle-Duck at the magical indoor recreation of Beatrix Potter‘s little books.

You will see life-size recreations of scenes. This is great for kids, such a magical experience. There is a small outdoor Peter Rabbit Garden where you will follow a trail. There is also shop and tearoom to complete your visit.

We go to this once a year!!


A great way to see the lake and take in those breathtaking views is to take a cruise with Windermere Lake Cruises. Elegant lake cruisers depart from Bowness pier pretty much every 30 minutes.

You can choose to cruise only around the Lake, or use it like a bus and go to Ambleside or Brockhole for the day.

Alternatively you can get the boat over to Lakeside where you can visit the mini aquarium or have High tea at the Lakeside Hotel. At Lakeside you can also ride on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway.


Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Center can be reached by boat, bus, foot or car from Holly Lodge. Here you will find many things to do. You can book activities in or just turn up and use the playground for free and access the burger bar.

They also have many things which you are best to book on line to do. Treetop Trek is one of our family favourites. There are walks and picnic areas leading down to the shores of Lake Windermere to.

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Wray Castle

Wray Castle is the most immaculate well kept castle we have ever seen. It is a Victorian neo-gothic building at the opposite side of the Lake to us. You can get to it by car or bus or sometimes a boat from Ambleside.

The house and grounds have belonged to the National Trust since 1929 and you are welcome to look around the outside for free and use the cafe and walk its grounds, or you can pay to look inside and there are often events or activities for kids to do.

If your without kids there are some really lovely longer walks not far from here in Hawshead if you park the next left from the Castle.

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