The Lake District is best known for its wealth of natural, outdoor attractions – but if the heavens open while you’re staying with us, there’s still plenty to keep you occupied undercover – with many indoor attractions within a short drive of the Howbeck Guest House.

The Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal)

From live theatre, comedy and dance to art-house film screenings and blockbuster films, the Brewery Arts Centre is a hub of creative activity all year round – and offers the perfect under-cover venue for rainy days in the Lakes. Situated in Kendal, an easy 15-minute drive from the Howbeck, the centre also hosts regular festivals and special events, so it’s always worth checking out what’s on during your stay – even if the sun stays shining.

The Lakeland Climbing Centre (Kendal)

This nationally-renowned centre has an excellent indoor climbing wall with challenges for all climbing levels, from beginners right through to experts. If you’ve never climbed before, you can get a taste of what it’s like by going along to a free Saturday morning ‘Have a Go’ session between 10-11am (call the centre first to confirm the session is taking place!).

The Rum Story (Whitehaven)

Fancy being transported to the exotic Caribbean on a rainy day in the Lake District? Then head to The Rum Story in Whitehaven where you can travel through a recreated tropical rainforest, an African village and a recreated slave ship before arriving back on local ground to continue the story in Cumbria. Set in the Jefferson family’s original 1785 rum shop, cellars, courtyards and bonded warehouses, this attraction manages to authentically recreate the rum story to offer all-weather family entertainment.

The Puzzling Place’s “World of Illusion” (Keswick)

Explore an amazing array of optical illusions at this bizarre indoor attraction, about a half hour’s drive from our Guest House, which is home to an ‘Anti-gravity Room’, a ‘Hologram Gallery’ and the fascinating ‘Eyelusions Exhibition’, amongst other unique features. Don’t assume it’s just for kids, either – the attraction has a universal appeal, and grown-ups often end up just as astonished as the younger visitors!

The Dock Museum ( Barrow-in-Furness)

This excellent free museum is housed in a striking modern building in a scenic coastal setting in Barrow-in-Furness. It is home to a wealth of displays ranging from rare Archaeology finds to historic weapons, all of which reveal something different about the area’s social and industrial history – and alongside the museum’s permanent exhibitions there are also temporary exhibitions and regular events.

Wordsworth House and Garden (Cockermouth)

This beautiful Georgian townhouse in Cockermouth offers visitors the chance to discover life in the 1770s through period rooms, tales from costumed servants, ten-minute talks, hands-on activities, and even tastings of some of the recipes that Wordsworth’s servants may have prepared. During the school holidays the attraction hosts a calendar of regular family events, and if the rain disappears there are children’s trails to explore outside in the garden.

Rheged Centre (Penrith)

Named after Cumbria’s Celtic Kingdom, Rheged is a major family attraction that’s a very popular rainy day destination. It includes a cinema screen the size of six double-decker buses; a range of interesting shops; a pottery painting workshop; and a children’s indoor soft play area. The attraction also hosts free exhibitions and a range of regular family events.