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The Lake District… and so much more

Welcome to Allerdale. If you’re not familiar with the name, we’re the north-west bit of the Lake District – and we think you’ll find we’re a little bit special. Yes, we have lakes and iconic mountains, and all the amazing views the words ‘The Lake District’ conjure up, but visit Allerdale and you’ll find even more than that.

Here, you’ll discover two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the world-famous Lake District National Park and the amazingly historic Hadrian’s Wall. Beyond both of those, there is the chance to discover the hidden charms of the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with beaches, dunes and wetlands galore.

Then there are the Lake District hotels – from the small and quirky guest houses to the most luxurious of country houses. Or perhaps you’re looking for a Lake District cottage? Allerdale has some lovely places to stay, whether you want something small and cosy or a huge self-catering hideaway with family and friends.

And then there are the Lake District restaurants, cafes and pubs with flavours to suit all tastes, whether that’s fine dining or the simplest home-cooked fare. You should seek out our award-winning food producers too. They’re making everything from coffee, gin and beer, to bread, cheese and even muesli.

There are so many things to do in the Lake District and this corner of Cumbria called Allerdale. You could swing through the mountains and the trees, cycle and walk on the fells and the coast, or paddle, sail or row on our lakes and rivers.

You could discover history in our unique museums, find some culture in our theatres, admire some outstanding architecture or enjoy some retail therapy in lovely independent shops – or you could just sit and admire one of those outstanding views.

Whatever you decide, your next adventure begins here – in Allerdale.

Allerdale's Business Directory

Find it in Allerdale! Browse our new directory for the shops, market stalls, gifts ideas, activities and services you need and Shop Local.

Festivals and Events in Allerdale

As we enter the festive season there are lots of great events planned across Allerdale, including Christmas lights switch-on days and tasty Christmas markets. Check out our ‘What’s On’ guide for full event listings and check out our ‘Made in Allerdale’ virtual festive market for some fabulous Christmas shopping ideas. 

Win your 'Perfect Day' in Allerdale!

Whatever your idea of the perfect day in Allerdale is we want to hear about it. Simply tell us about your ideal day in 500 words or less and you will be in a chance of experiencing it… for free! One lucky winner will get to experience their ideal day in Allerdale alongside a family member or friend and have the day professionally filmed. Twelve great runners-up prizes are also available. These are 4 pairs of tickets for tours of the Lakes Distillery near Keswick (tasting session included), 4 pairs of tickets for the adrenaline-fuelled fun of GO APE at Whinlatter Forest and 4 family passes to the Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport. The closing date for entries is midnight on the 22 August 2021.

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