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From the three modern heritage centres at Carlisle, Whitehaven and Barrow to the small and sometimes rather unusual museums Cumbria and the Lake District boasts a pencil museum, a Laurel and Hardy Museum, and a tapestry museum to name a few.


The region is famed for its literary connections. If Poetry captures your groups' heart then journey to Grasmere where William Wordsworth, the romantic English poet wrote some of the greatest poetry in the English language in his home, Dove cottage. One of the top places to visit in Carlisle is Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery where historic collections, contemporary art and family fun are brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery. Tullie House Museum is close to the border of England and Scotland and the World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall, it’s also within striking distance of the breathtaking Lake District. Tullie House is a meeting point for history, nature and art in one of Britain's most fascinating regions and has been inspiring visitors for more than 120 years. Make time to visit Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, a Grade I listed villa next to the river Kent. The gallery has two floors of light-filled spaces in which to see contemporary and historic art.


Opposite the Gallery in the original stables to Abbot Hall is the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry. Displays include: Arthur Ransome, author of Swallows and Amazons and period rooms and street scenes. The Gallery and Museum can both be included in a visit. Itineraries that take in Abbot Hall, the Museum of Lakeland Life and Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts house, are all managed by Lakeland Arts and can be arranged. More details can be found at


Wherever you decide to go you can expect a warm welcome and be enthused and refreshed with what Cumbria has to offer.

The Pencil Museum

Lakeland Motor Museum

The Dock Museum

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