Museum of Lakeland Life



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Recreated period rooms reveal how people lived and worked, the toys that children played with, and how different Georgian and Victorian life was from today. Explore a farmhouse kitchen with traditional recipes and utensils, a bedroom full of vernacular furniture, including a magnificent 16th-century four-poster bed, and a parlour with rare 17th-century oak panelling. Other displays include a traditional chemist's shop, farming, Lakeland industries, and the local Arts & Crafts Movement. A visit to the Arthur Ransome Room allows you to immerse yourself in the world of Swallows and Amazons with the author's typewriter, desk, personal mementos and original illustrations. Photo credits: Arthur Ransome display & museum shop - Florence Acland; all others - Lakeland Arts

Museum of Lakeland Life
Abbot Hall, KENDAL, LA9 5AL


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10.30-5 (closes 4 Nov-Feb); Sun Jul-Aug 12-4

About the area

Discover Cumbria

Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.

Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.

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