18 days in Cumbria Itinerary

18 days in Cumbria Itinerary

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Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Carlisle
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Carlisle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ambleside
— 3 nights
Taxi
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Windermere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Barrow-in-Furness
— 3 nights
Drive
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Whitehaven
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carlisle
— 2 nights
Train to London Euston, Fly to Perth

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Carlisle

— 2 nights
Carlisle is a city and the county town of Cumbria. You've added Hutton in the Forest, Birdoswald Roman Fort, Milecastle 48- Hadrian's Wall, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Hutton in the Forest, meet the residents at The Lake District Wildlife Park, contemplate the waterfront views at New Mills Trout Fishing Park, relax in the rural setting at Walby Farm Park, then explore the ancient world of Milecastle 48- Hadrian's Wall, and finally steep yourself in history at Birdoswald Roman Fort. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Chestnut House, buy something for everyone on your list at The Rheged Centre, and then take an in-depth tour of Vindolanda.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carlisle trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Carlisle is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 8 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Perth in May: highs in Carlisle hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ambleside.

Things to do in Carlisle

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Ambleside

— 3 nights
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Your day by day itinerary now includes Windermere Lake Cruises, Hawkshead Brewery, Hardknott Roman Fort, and other attractions you added. Appreciate the collections at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House and The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. Family-friendly places like Derwentwater and The Forbidden Corner will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: look for gifts at The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop and sample the tasty concoctions at Keswick Brewing Company.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ambleside trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Carlisle to Ambleside takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Windermere.

Things to do in Ambleside

Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Windermere

— 3 nights
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. You've added Lake District Bikes, Millerbeck Light Railway, Steam Yacht Gondola, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 18th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Steam Yacht Gondola, pedal to the sights with Lake District Bikes, then make a trip to Rydal Water, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Treetop Trek. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Lakeland, then take a memorable tour with Millerbeck Light Railway, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Watermill Brewing Co.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Windermere road trip planning tool.

Windermere is just a stone's throw from Ambleside. You will leave for Barrow-in-Furness on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Windermere

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Adventure

Side Trips

Barrow-in-Furness

— 3 nights
Barrow-in-Furness is a town and borough in Cumbria, England. You've added Unsworth’s Yard Brewery, Holker Hall & Gardens, Lakeland Miniature Village & Oriental Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy South Lakes Safari Zoo and The Dock Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Cartmel Cheeses in Cartmel (about 42 minutes away).

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Barrow-in-Furness journey planning tool.

You can drive from Windermere to Barrow-in-Furness in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Whitehaven.

Things to do in Barrow-in-Furness

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Whitehaven

— 3 nights
Whitehaven is a town and port on the coast of Cumbria, England. J.B.Banks and Son Ltd and Roman Bath-house will appeal to museum buffs. Kids will enjoy Seascale Beach and The Rum Story. Take a break from Whitehaven with a short trip to Muncaster Castle in Ravenglass, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at Jennings Brewery.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitehaven trip builder app.

Getting from Barrow-in-Furness to Whitehaven by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Carlisle.

Things to do in Whitehaven

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Carlisle

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lowther Castle and Gardens, Brougham Castle, Solway Aviation Museum, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Cumbria's Museum of Military Life, see the interesting displays at Solway Aviation Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Lakes Distillery, then explore the ancient world of Brougham Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Lowther Castle and Gardens.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Carlisle road trip site.

Drive from Whitehaven to Carlisle in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Carlisle

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cumbria travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water · Castles
Most people speed through Cumbria in a mad rush to get to the region’s most popular tourist attractions, the Lake District National Park and Hadrian’s Wall. Despite this unfortunate oversight, for centuries this county of outstanding natural beauty, bustling market towns, and picturesque villages has inspired musicians and writers, including William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Much of Cumbria is mountainous, and it notably contains Scafell Pike, England’s highest point. The region’s history was long characterized by invasions, mass migrations, and repeated bloody land disputes between the English and Scottish. Today, Cumbria stands poised to be invaded by tourists, but for the moment visitors here can enjoy quiet tours of the unspoiled land, dramatic mountain walks, sparkling lakes, and scenic hillside trails.