Places to visit near Ullswater
Historic houses and gardens
The nearby Dalemain Historic Mansion is one of the most beautiful and impressive stately houses in the North West of England. The finely dressed pink stone of its Georgian frontage glows magnificently in the sunlight, and hidden behind the house's Palladian architecture is the story of its fascinating past. You can also explore the historic grounds that feature the famous rose gardens, blue Himalayan poppies, and the largest silver fir tree in the UK.
Castles and legends
The legends of King Arthur remain rooted in the Ullswater and Eden Valley. Many local landmarks are associated with the legendary figure, from Pendragon Castle to the waterfalls at Aira Force. The 19th century Lowther Castle is a must-visit for history fans. It features dramatic ruins, gardens within gardens, and one of the best adventure playgrounds in the land.
Towns and villages
The pretty Lakeland village of Pooley Bridge is just 10 minutes from Waterfoot Park. It was once an important fishing trading area, but is now home to a selection of pubs, traditional inns and tea rooms. It's also where you'll find the Ullswater 'Steamers' shop and pier. A fabulous farmers market also takes place in Pooley Bridge every Sunday from April to September. In Glenridding, you'll find excellent cafes and a magnificent library dedicated to British speed record breaker, Donald Campbell.