1. United Kingdom
  2. North West England
  3. Manchester
  4. Lake District

From Manchester: Lake District Sightseeing Day Trip

Product ID: 271322
Discover the beauty of the Lake District on a full-day tour from Manchester. Admire the stunning landscapes of the UK’s largest national park, listen to insightful narration, and explore local highlights including picturesque villages and Lake Windermere.
About this activity
Duration: 9 hours
Starting time 9:15 AM
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore the largest national park in the UK, the Lake District
  • Drive along exhilarating roads and marvel at magical scenery
  • Wander the tiny streets of the Lake District's quaint villages
  • Admire breathtaking views of the rugged landscape
  • Taste traditional gingerbread at a local village store
Full description
The tour departs from Manchester and drives out of the city into the luscious surrounding countryside. Admire the views as you travel to the UK’s largest national park, the Lake District, stopping at the underground Rheged Discovery Center along the way. During the partially narrated 2-hour journey to the Lake District, the tour also stops by the famous Castlerigg Neolithic Stone Circle where you can feel ancient mythical energy flowing around you.

Continue on to Grasmere Village, which boasts an array of beautiful 19th century architecture as well as the grave of well-known poet William Wordsworth. Afterwards, let your nose lead the way to Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop, where you can taste a selection of traditional sweet treats from the region.

After you’ve filled up on gingerbread, it’s time to explore the national park and navigate through the Langdales, also known as “Little Switzerland”. As you wander around the park, marvel at the breathtaking views that sprawl across the landscape, which offers some of the most dramatic and diverse scenery in the UK.

Throughout the tour there’s plenty of stops both on and off the bus to make the most of your trip to the Lake District. One of the highlights of the day includes an amble around Blea Tarn before a stop at Ambleside where you can get lost in the maze of twisting streets or shop at a selection of picturesque stores. From Ambleside, you can opt to board a 40-minute cruise of Lake Windermere for £8 and then meet the bus at the end for your return journey to Manchester.
  • Transportation
  • Driver/guide
  • Route map
  • Written guide
What’s Not Included
  • Optional boat trip
  • Refreshments

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Meeting point

Look for the local partner's bay in the coach station, Manchester M90.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Frank was very nice and friendly and his commentary was very funny and easy to follow. I really liked how he took photos of us and the sights. His photos were very nice and the photos were available for us to download mere hours after our tour! I think the tour was planned very well - we had ample time to explore the sights and the places we visited were all very nice and interesting. I do wish we could do more walking and exploring around the lakes, valleys and mountains in the Lake District. I wouldn’t mind giving the towns a miss.

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October 27, 2019

This trip was exactly as described. The guide Scott explained a lot and drove us safely over the sometimes narrow and steep roads in the Lake District. Too bad it was only one day. Wanted to do more. The crowning glory was the weather with a day of sunshine. A great day. Thank you.

August 16, 2019

We did a 6 day city trip in August, first Liverpool and then Manchester. To do something different for a day, we went to the Lakedistrict. It was a long drive, but definitely worth it. We have seen many beautiful things despite some rain. It was nice that our guide Frank could tell a lot about the area.

August 14, 2019

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Product ID: 271322