A Toddler Friendly Holiday in the Lake District: In Pictures

The Lake District is a great place for a toddler friendly holiday. We spent a wonderful week there, so I thought I would share of my favourite photos from this trip so you can see just how much there is to do in the Lake District with young children.

Let’s start with some views of the Lakes themselves. We spent a day at Ullswater Lake which is quieter than Windermere, but still stunning. Ullswater is surrounded by steep mountains descending into the water, and is perfect for a boat trip or a walk along the shore.

Ullswater Lake

Ullswater Lake

Ullswater Lake

2 year old Daniel loved throwing stones in the lake at Ullswater!

2 year old Daniel loved throwing stones in the lake at Ullswater!

Whilst we were at Ullswater, we took a cruise on the Ullswater Steamer from Glenridding to the Aria Force Pier and walked up to the Aria Force waterfall. The cruise was just 25 minutes long so was perfect for toddlers, and the waterfall was a short walk through woodland from the pier. This was our boys first visit to a waterfall!

The Ullswater Steamer

The Ullswater Steamer

Aria Force

Aria Force

We had other fun days out in the Lake District. The boys loved seeing the fish and other marine life which lived in the Lakes at the Lakes Aquarium

A fish at the Lakes Aquarium

We hand fed giraffes and kangeroos, met penguins, big cats and went in a vultures enclosure at the South Lakes Safari Zoo.

 A monkey at the South Lakes Safari Zoo

Penguins at the South Lake Safari Zoo

We spent a rainy afternoon exploring Wray Castle and managed to play in the adventure playground and on the lakeside when the rained stopped.

A Day Out at Wray Castle

daniel on tunnel

We crossed the mountain pass to the Western Lake District to spend the day at Muncaster Castle. Muncaster Castle is great for family days out, and a few of our highlights were the playground, maze, gardens and the Birds of Prey displays.

Views from Muncaster Castle

 A playground with a view at Muncaster Castle

A playground with a view at Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle

Then there was the afternoon we spent at Fell Foot Park which is a lakeside park at the south side of Lake Windermere. This is great for summer days out – take a picnic and spend the day paddling in the lake, hire a boat, play in the adventure playground and have an ice cream.

Fell Foot Park

Fell Foot Park

The playground at Fell Foot Park

The playground at Fell Foot Park

We also had lots of fun playing at other playgrounds in the Lake District!

matthew jumping

daniel on bike

We spent a few nights at the Holgates Silverdale Holiday Park which is near to both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales overlooking Morecambe Bay. This is great for families – as well as the indoor swimming pool there is an adventure playground, loads of space to run around and an indoor soft play for under 5s.

The sitting room in our holiday home at Holgates

The sitting room in our holiday home at Holgates

holgates outside

The Lake District is a fantastic place for toddler friendly holidays – for more ideas about things to do in the Lakes check out this article about ’11 of the BEST things to do in the Lake District with Toddlers’

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About Jo Addison

Mother of 2 little boys. Passionate about holidays and days out with babies and toddlers.

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