Lake District Attractions
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There are various bus and train services through the area which will transport you to all of the popular attractions described below. Each attraction includes a brief description, photograph, link to website (where available) and any facilities such as shops, cafes and toilets. Public transport services that stop nearby (within 1 mile) are listed and the location of each stop in relation to the attraction is described. Further information on each transport service, including timetable, approximate route and other attractions visited on route, can be found by following the mode link.
Most of the towns listed have extensive bus services but only those that have Lake District connections are included.
The old town centre buildings are mostly local red sandstone which epitomises many of the buildings in this area. There are plenty of old streets and shops to explore within the town and Penrith Museum, housed within the Tourist Information Centre, will tell you more about the area and its history. The attractive St Andrewís Church is just off the market square and up the hill from there, opposite the railway station, is the 14th century Penrith Castle which is now in ruins but the remains are interesting and free entry.
All buses stop at the bus station and most also at the railway station. Both are within the town centre. Only bus services that visit Lake District attractions are included.
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The impressive Carlisle Castle is over 900 years old and has been the focal point of many battles. It is now open to the public and includes the Cumbria Museum of Military Life. Across the road is the interesting Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery which tells more of the local history. Further towards the city centre are some wonderful attractions including Carlisle Cathedral, Guildhall Museum, St Cuthbertís Church and the old West Walls. The city centre itself has some attractive buildings and a good pedestrianized shopping area.
Buses stop at the bus station in the city centre, a short walk from the railway station. Only bus services that visit Lake District attractions are included.
|73, 554||West coast main line, Cumbrian coast line, Settle to Carlisle line, Newcastle to Carlisle line|
The pretty main street has a number of interesting shops and Georgian buildings including Wordsworth House where the famous poet William Wordsworth was born in 1770 and spent much of his childhood. The National Trust property is open most days March-October apart from Fridays. At the other end of the main street is the popular Jennings Brewery which also offers tours to visitors. Overlooking the Brewery is Cockermouth Castle, some of which dates from the 12th century but is privately owned and rarely open to the public. Other attractions include Castlegate House Gallery, Market Place and some pleasant riverside walks.
Buses stop on Main Street in the town centre. Only bus services that visit Lake District attractions are included.
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Buses stop at the bus station in the town centre. The railway station is on the western edge of the town centre. Only bus services that visit Lake District attractions are included.
|571, X4, X5||Cumbrian coast line|
The Beacon museum is on the harbour side and tells the history of the local area. In the town itself the Rum Story attraction tells the darker history of the area and nearby is St Nicholasí Church which was largely destroyed by fire in 1971 but the tower and pretty gardens are open to the public. Buried here is Mildred Gale, the grandmother of first US President George Washington, who briefly lived and died in the town. Up the nearby hill is St Jamesí Church which has a beautiful Georgian interior.
The railway station is on the northern edge of the town centre. Buses stop near the railway station.
|571||Cumbrian coast line|
Long before the coal boom, the town was also a Roman settlement with defences which extended from Hadrians Wall down the west coast. On the hill at the northern end of the town are the remains of a Roman Fort adjacent to the Senhouse Roman Museum which contains interesting Roman artefacts. The Roman Fort area has some wonderful views across the harbour and out to sea towards southern Scotland, as does the promenade below which provides a good walk along the sea front.
The railway station is on the eastern edge of the town centre. Bus services do not visit Lake District attactions from Maryport so are not included.
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Buses stop adjacent to the attraction. Only bus services that visit Lake District attractions are included.
Buses stop nearby at King Arthur's Round Table. Only bus services that visit Lake District attractions are included.
Buses stop outside the building in the car park, not all X4/X5 services stop here.