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AROUND arnside

Arnside is in a wonderful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) crossing the southern border of Cumbria into Lancashire. Just outside the Lake District National Park, it’s a hidden gem where you can enjoy all the beauty of the county without the crowds.

With its variety of wildlife, pretty villages, and sandy beaches, there’s plenty to keep you busy. There are numerous places to visit close to Arnside, however if you want to travel further afield, the full attractions of the Lake District are within 30-60 minutes drive away, including Windermere, Ambleside and Coniston, to name but a few. A few suggestions are below.


Boasting over 100 animals, birds, reptiles and insects, the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis on the edge of Arnside and Silverdale makes the perfect family day out. Choose to wander the zoo, admiring the meerkats or snow leopard, or get even closer to the animals with an experience day. Learn what it takes to be a zookeeper, meet your favourite critter, or get up close and personal with the carnivores! After all that, don’t forget to stop off at the café for something tasty to eat!


An hour's drive away will take you to this amazing adventure playground for all agres. There's so much outdoor activity in Grizedale that the list is long, this includes: cycling and mountain biking trails with bike and e-bike hire, go-ape aerial treetop adventure, segway, sculptures, horse-riding, orienteering, picnics, walking trails and of course there's a cafe!


 Leighton Hall Estate at least once during your stay! A family home since Medieval times, Leighton Hall is a beautiful stately home with an impressive collection of furniture and art. Outside you’ll find acres of grounds that include viewpoints, a walled garden, woodland walks and even a bee corner! There’s also deer, red squirrels, and an adventure playground for the kids.


Sounding like something out of Lord of the Rings, the Three Towers of Arnside and Silverdale stand proud and tall in the AONB. Consisting of Arnside Tower, Beetham Hall and Hazelslack, these are three of only four significant stone-built medieval remains in the area (the other is Warton Old Rectory). Now all ruins, they are nonetheless impressive edifices on the landscape and offer an insight into the history of the area.

There are many other attractions in the area, once you book we'll give you a few more suggestions, but please do research the area before your visit so you don't miss out.

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