From maritime heritage and roman history, to transport, mining and even pencils! The Lake District is home to a range of specialist museums, ideal for visiting on fell walking ‘rest days’ this autumn. Don’t miss these exhibits on your next stay at The Pheasant:
For an insight in to the Lake District landscapes and its people, visit…
The Ruskin Museum, Coniston
This ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ was opened in 1901 as a tribute to John Ruskin, the visionary of the Victorian age who lived in Brantwood, near Coniston. The museum has a detailed exhibit on Ruskin and also tells the story of Coniston from its first Stone Age hikers through to the 1950s Jet Era. This museum packs a huge amount in to its compact space – where else could you see 500 million year old rocks alongside the iconic Bluebird K7 hydroplane! It’s a must-visit to immerse yourself in the heritage of the Lake District.
For the romantics and poetry lovers, visit…
Dove Cottage, Grasmere
The words ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ are as famous as the Lake District’s stunning mountain ranges. Their author, poet William Wordsworth, penned them in 1804 from his rural residence – Dove Cottage in Grasmere. Today the traditional Lakeside cottage has been restored to reflect life from 1799 onwards for the Wordsworth family. Visitors can see William and his sister Dorothy’s personal treasures and wander through the fell-side garden where many of his poems were written. Literature lovers should head next door to the Jerwood Centre, the purpose-built research facility housing over 65,000 items of the Wordsworth’s and British Romanticism artifacts.
For the chance to ride on a steam train, visit…
Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum
Hard hats at the ready – this quarry side museum is a fascinating insight in to the lives of the Lake District miners. Built on the fells above Keswick it has indoor exhibits of local minerals and rocks and outdoor displays of vintage excavators used in the area. Climb aboard ‘Sir Tom’, the museum’s classic steam engine for a ride to the top of the quarry with panoramic views of Keswick and the fells. You can also take a guided tour of the replica mine and experience the tunnels and tough conditions miners faced during their shifts underground (not one for the claustrophobics!) There’s no café on site at this museum but The Pheasant can organise a hearty packed lunch for you to enjoy at one of the site’s picnic spots.
For fans of the Roman era, visit:
Birdoswald Roman Fort – Hadrian’s Wall
An hour from The Pheasant Inn but well worth the drive, you can explore the remains of an original roman fort and see the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall which has dominated the northern landscape since AD 122. This designated World Heritage Site features a large exhibition dedicated to the Roman soldiers who once guarded and patrolled along the wall, and the surrounding area has lovely walks with smaller Roman forts and bridges to discover.
Click here to book a historic stay at The Pheasant Inn.