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

Manchester: Lake District & Haverthwaite Day Trip by Train

Product ID: 271642
Travel by train from Manchester to the Lake District and explore England's most beautiful national parks on a self-guided day trip. Cruise across Lake Windermere, enjoy a nostalgic steam train ride, then immerse yourself in the world of Beatrix Potter.
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Duration: 1 day
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  • Admire the views on a Windermere Lake Cruise
  • Enjoy a nostalgic ride on a steam train
  • Immerse yourself in the World of Beatrix Potter
Full description
Begin the day with a personal meet and greet service at Manchester Piccadilly station where you will receive your travel pack containing everything you need for your day trip to the Lake District. Then, depart by train for Windermere with a journey time of approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Once in the Lake District, use your full-day bus ticket to travel to the town of Bowness-on-Windermere to board the Windermere Lake Cruise. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on England's largest lake and marvel at the spectacular scenery. The cruise sails to Lakeside where you can join the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and enjoy a nostalgic steam train ride to Haverthwaite.

Once in Haverthwaite, either enjoy the locally produced ice cream in the station cafe or immediately return, reversing your journey back to Bowness. Finally, visit the World of Beatrix Potter, where the author's most famous characters including Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle are magically brought to life. Enjoy some free time to explore the shops, cafes, old pubs, and restaurants of the town before returning to Windermere to catch the train back to Manchester.
  • Meet and Greet at Manchester Piccadilly train station
  • Round-trip train travel from Manchester to Windermere
  • Full-day bus travel in the central lakes zone
  • Round-trip Windermere Lake Cruise
  • Round-trip on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite steam railway
  • Entrance to the World of Beatrix Potter
What’s Not Included
  • Pick up or drop-off at your accommodation
  • Live tour guide
  • Food and drink

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your representative at The Mill Bar and Kitchen, located inside Piccadilly Train Station on the mezzanine level (above Boots chemist). Take the stairs or lift next to Burger King. Our representative will be wearing a yellow Manchester Sightseeing T-shirt. Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2PB, UK

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Food and drinks
  • Rain gear
  • Cash
Know before you go
• This day trip by train is self-guided/ unescorted; a representative will meet you at Manchester Piccadilly station and provide you with all the information you need, including an itinerary, to use as a guide
• Monday to Friday: Meet and Greet at 8:55; train departs at 9:26 AM
• Saturday: Meet and Greet at 8:15 AM; train departs at 8:47 AM
• Sunday: Meet and Greet at 8:20 AM; train departs at 8:53 AM
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Manchester Sightseeing Tours

Product ID: 271642