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  • Born Free celebrates 35th birthday in Cumbria

    Born Free celebrates 35th birthday in Cumbria

    Penrith

    . Will Travers OBE, President and co-founder of the internationally-renowned wildlife charity Born Free, is coming to Cumbria on Tuesday 18th June to …more

  • Glory Days

    Glory Days

    Millom, Cumbria

    Glory Days have been playing for more than a decade and is made up of long-time Springsteen fans who lovingly recreate the power and poetry of a Sprin…more

  • Sigala Live at Carlisle Racecourse

    Sigala Live at Carlisle Racecourse

    Carlisle

    .Sigala is one of the UK's most respected and influential electronic music producers with 7 platinum singles, 8 million worldwide sales, 10 million …more

  • Mountain treasures from the RGS-IBG

    Mountain treasures from the RGS-IBG

    Cumbria

    . Eugene Rae, archivist and Principal Librarian at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), will select some unique artefacts from the Society's Col…more

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Formed from the old districts of Westmorland and Cumberland in 1974, Cumbria makes a good claim to be the spiritual home of Britains hikers and hill-walkers, blessed as it is with many of the countrys most famous and inspiring walks and some of the highest peaks, including every English peak over 3000ft and Scafell Pike, the highest point of England. Stretching from the impressive Eden Valley in the east to the valleys, peaks and well, lakes, of the Lake District and onto the jagged and awesome coastline of the west, Cumbria is truly one of the most beautiful counties in all of the UK with the Lake District National Park considered to be Britains most magnificent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and having provided the inspiration for some of the greatest poetry ever written.

A surprisingly small county considering its wide range of mountains, hills and great lakes, Cumbria is bordered by Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland and by the English counties of Lancashire, North Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland. In the west there is the Irish Sea up to Morecambe Bay and the Penines mark the eastern boundary. Despite the plethora of scenic wonders Cumbria is also blessed with some fine historic sites too. Perhaps this is because its history has been characterized by migration, settlement and territorial dispute, mostly between the Scottish and the English. The area has been populated for thousands of years and by the end of the Roman Era it was inhabited by Welsh Romano-Britons.

By the 8th century it was part of the Anglo Saxon Kingdom and by 1092 it was a part of England. Historic sites worth visiting include Hadrians Wall, Furness Abbey and Carlisle Castle, as well as numerous Celtic, Roman and prehistoric remains and stone circles.

Nevertheless, most visitors to Cumbria will head to the Lake District National Park to walk, cycle, sail or generally splash about in one of the 12 great lakes, the highest mountains or around 3,500 kilometers of rights of way. Absolutely not to be missed.

Days Out & Attractions

Attractions in Cumbria

Fun days out in Cumbria

Enjoy a fun filled and fantastic day out for all the family at a range of attractions in Cumbria, including theme parks, castles, zoos, museums and historic houses.

Zoos & Safari Parks in Cumbria

Zoos & Safari Parks

Get close-up and personal with a wild animal at a zoo or safari park in Cumbria.

Theme Parks in Cumbria

Theme Parks

Thrills and spills on rides and rollercoasters at a theme park in Cumbria.

Museums in Cumbria

Museums

Love British history?Come and take a stroll through the ages at a local museum.

Art galleries in Cumbria

Art Galleries

From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, enjoy art at its very best.

Experiences

Experiences

Want to try your hand at something completely different? Try an experience...

Updated: 18/06/2019 16:43:33

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