Langdle Pikes from Loughrigg

A Lakeland Walk on the Wild Side

The Lake District is a great destination for a family holiday, and amongst the most popular family destinations are the regions animal attractions.

There is a wide range on offer, featuring animals large and small, from Giraffe and Rhinoceros to leaf ants and spiders.

Lake District Wildlife Park

Close to Bassenthwaite Lake is the Lake Distrct Wildlife Park, formerly known as Trotters World of animals, which started life as a rare breed centre that also featured snakes and birds of prey but now has a wide array of animals from rare cats to the world's largest monkey.

Discover more about The Lake District Wildlife Park here .....

Take the kids to an Adventure Park and Petting Farm.

Youngsters of all ages, from 3 to 93, love places like Flookburgh Indoor and Outdoor Adventure Park and Petting Farm. (Formerly known as Duckys).Here you can get really close to a whole range of animals, plus there is a play area, tractor rides and a cafe for you to enjoy a nice lunch, or if the weather is nice take advantage of the picnic area. To find out more about the animals and how to get there, Find out more about Flookburgh Indoor and Outdoor Adventure Park and Petting Farm here....

Where leaf ants roam

Just Outside the southern boundary of the National Park is the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, where the creatures are considerably smaller. Here you can watch leaf ants as they go about their business, or hold a tarantula in the palm of your hand. Find out more here ....

Things that go hoot in the night

Muncaster Castle is reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain. The ideal place then for the World Owl Trust to have it's headquarters. Each day at 2.30 there are spectacular flying displays, and the chance to "meet the birds". The trust carries out much important conservation work, particularly in helping to arrest the decline of the Barn Owl. Find out more on the Muncaster Castle Web site




Look beneath the waves

The Aquarium of the Lakes is situated at Lakeside, at the southern end of Lake Windermere. Here you can trace the evolution of the rivers and the lakes, as well as enjoy playful otters and diving ducks. A recent addition is the rainforest section, where lives the world's largest spider! Get all the information about this unique Lakeland Attraction here....