How to Plan a Weekend in Cumbria

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How to Plan a Weekend in Cumbria

Cumbria is the third largest ceremonial county in England and has been known by its present name since 1974. The area is well known for beautiful natural landscape, historical sites, castles, quiet beaches, and museums. It is popular with tourists and visitors looking to explore the area and receives tourists mainly from Great Britain, Europe, and sometimes North America.

Tourists and visitors planning to spend a weekend in Cumbria should consider what they would like to see, how much they would like to spend, and what type of holiday they would like. Options range from leisurely and lazy weekends away to full-on adventures that require lots of hiking and even boating. Visitors also have to decide on where to stay, how to get around if they are not bringing their own car, and what to do. Holidaymakers can use the following advice to help plan their weekend in Cumbria.


There are six districts in Cumbria, but the District of South Lakeland, which includes much of the Lake District, is typically the most popular spot in Cumbria to visit. The Lake District receives more than 15.8 million visitors each year from around the globe and does contribute to most of Cumbria's income. However, while the Lake District is the most popular place to visit, it is also possible to visit any of the other five districts in Cumbria. Lake District is famed for its natural beauty and is widely considered to be the most beautiful part of England. It is recommended that anyone staying in Cumbria attempt to stay in the Lake District and then travel to see any of the other tourist attractions they are interested in.

Choosing the Accommodation for a Weekend in Cumbria

The first step to planning any holiday is usually choosing the accommodation. Travellers can choose to purchase in advance to save money, but usually buying a hotel or cottage stay on an online website can also help with saving money. However, not every accommodation in Cumbria is listed online.

Cabin or Cottage

Cottages and cabins are one of the most popular choices for staying in Cumbria. Advantages include that they are luxurious, comfortable, and often quite quaint. Cottages are perfect for anyone who likes to take photos, wants to be more comfortable than in a hotel, or even wants more privacy. Not all holiday cottages and cabins rent out for weekends, so it is important to check the rental availability and options before settling on a specific location. There are plenty of cottages available in the Lake District, many of which are set up to take full advantage of the beautiful natural scenery.


It is also possible to book and stay at a hotel in Cumbria. There are many hotels located around the county and some of them are located very near to popular tourist attractions such as Carlisle Castle. Windermere features the most hotels, but anyone visiting a major city in Cumbria can likely book a hotel. Hotels are an excellent option for anyone who would like to keep costs to a minimum or for anyone who would like to spend each night at a different location.

Bed and Breakfast

A bed and breakfast is a slightly cosier option than a hotel and usually includes breakfast as the name suggests. Usually, these can be found at online travel stores and some bed and breakfasts do have their own websites. For anyone who would not like to book in advance, it is also possible to find bed and breakfasts with open rooms, especially if it is not high tourist season such as in mid-August.

Things to Do during a Weekend in Cumbria

There are plenty of things to do in Cumbria and options range from a simple luxurious holiday in the woods to a boating tour of the area. There are also many popular museums, famous historical sites, and even mountains to climb, so visitors are going to find plenty of things to do. The following chart outlines the most popular locations in Cumbria and the attractions that can be found there.



Bowness on Windermere

Windermere Lake Cruises, Sail n Dine, Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Brant Fell Above the Bustle, World of Beatrix Potter, The Fun Factory Bowness


Rheged, Lacy's Cave, Long Meg and Her Daughters, Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre, Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Rescue Sanctuary, Hutton in the Forest, Lowther Castle and Gardens, Wanderlust Gypsy Caravans, Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens, Penrith Castle, Penrith Museum, Mayburgh Henge, Lake District Visitor Centre


Ullswater Steamers, Glenridding Sailing Centre


Whinlatter Forest


Carlisle Cathedral, Solway Aviation Museum, Talkin Tarn Park, Tulle Museum, Carlisle Castle, Watchtree Nature Reserve, The Kings Own Border Regiment Museum, Eden Rock, Magic Castle, A World in Miniature Museum, Carlisle Masjid of Taqwa

Grizedale and Hawkshead

Grizedale Forest Park and Visitor Centre, Hill Top House, Beatrix Potter Museum

Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle


Pencil Museum, Dove House and the Wordsworth Museum, Tree Top Adventure, Derwentwater Lake Cruises, Whinlatter Forest, Lake District Wildlife Park, Castlerigg Stone Circle


Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Roman Bath House, Hadrian's Wall

Barrow in Furness

Piel Island, Dock Museum, Furness Abbey, Earnse Bay, Barrow in Furness Library


Rum Story, The Beacon


Cartmel Priory, Cartmel Cheeses, Holker Hall


Trotters World of Animals, Bassenthwaite Lake


The Homes of Football, Hilltop, Jenkin Crag, Ambleside Waterhead, The Lake District Walker, Tour, Wray Castle, Bridge House, Sam Read Book Shop, Galava Roman Fort 

The above list is not exhaustive; there are plenty more things to do in Cumbria. Tourists can choose to visit one or more cities, and can even try to stop at every attraction in a single city. Keswick, Carlisle, and Penrith have the most to do, but it is always possible to drive to another city during the weekend. Usually, it is easy to pick one location and visit local attractions as Cumbria is actually quite large. A second trip at a later date could easily cover another area. This is generally the most relaxing option as travelling from spot to spot can mean spending much of the weekend in a vehicle.

Packing for a Weekend in Cumbria

Packing should be the final planning stage for any holiday but should mostly be determined based on the time of year, where the trip is located, and the type of accommodation. Typically, three sets of clothing per person, basic hygiene supplies, towels, and multiple pairs of socks are more than enough to pack for a weekend away. Other articles one needs to pack mostly depend on the holiday ideas and the time of year. For example, anyone travelling in summer should bring sunblock and mosquito repellent. Tourists who would like to go boating or hiking should bring good quality boots, while anyone who would simply like to rent a cabin and relax can bring anything they like, as long as they do not plan on spending too much time outdoors.

It is usually a good idea to pay close attention to what is being provided by any hotel or cottage, where any side trips or tourist attractions might be, and what, if any, special clothing might be required. Usually, a small duffel bag is perfect for the weekend, but it is better to bring too much than not enough. As with any holiday, safety is the owners' concern. Anyone who plans to bring valuables should consider getting travel insurance or ensuring that the valuables are kept out of site whenever left alone.

Buying a Weekend in Cumbria on eBay

eBay is an excellent place to book accommodation and holiday packages in Cumbria. While not every hotel or cottage features an eBay listing, it is always possible to look on eBay to find anything from transportation to a place to stay. It is also sometimes possible to find event and attraction tickets, although these mostly vary because they are not always listed.

Buyers can search on eBay by looking for an exact specification such as 'Lake District cottage' or something broader such as 'place to stay in Cumbria'. Usually, the more specific the results, the easier it is to find an exact item or place to go, but buyers who just want to browse can look that way as well. Remember to read the listing description before making a purchase as it should include a basic description of the purchase, any restrictions, as well as any fees that might be in place in addition to the eBay price.


Planning a weekend in Cumbria can be a lot of fun for anyone who takes their time, decides where they want to go, and knows how they want to spend their weekend. Options range from a few days in a cabin to a few days filled with seeing everything in the local area. Depending on the city, there could be dozens of things to see within a few kilometre radius. Those who do not plan to bring their vehicle can choose to rent a caravan or auto for the trip as well.

It is very important to decide what to do, where to stay, and how to spend the holiday before purchasing for it. Buyers on a budget can look at online stores such as eBay to try to find a better deal on everything from hotels to rentals, and can also consider booking in advance. With a small amount of forethought and planning, a trip to Cumbria can be a great experience for the holidaymakers.

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