Day trip

From Manchester: Lake District and Windermere

Day trip

From Manchester: Lake District and Windermere

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
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From US$ 59.91 per person

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Take a journey through the exciting landscapes of the Lake District, and learn the tales of Windermere, the largest lake in England.

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Duration 11 hours
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  • Marvel at breathtaking views of Lake Windermere and its surroundings
  • Discover Coniston Water, the scenic lake that's inspired writers and poets
  • Visit Hawkshead and see where William Wordsworth learned his grammar
  • Wander around quaint cobbled lanes and visit Wordsworth's Dove Cottage
  • Enjoy the chance to embark on a scenic island cruise on the beautiful lake
Full description

Depart from Manchester in the morning and head straight for the lovely Lake District. Stop first at Bowness, situated on the shores of Lake Windermere. Take some free time to stroll along the lake, opt for a scenic cruise, or wander around the town and admire the sublime views. 

Travel around the southern tip of Windermere toward Coniston Water. Take in views of this lake before arriving in the picturesque village of Hawkshead. This is where poet William Wordsworth attended grammar school. 

After exploring the quaint village, take the narrow country roads north towards Grasmere, a place Wordsworth described as "the loveliest spot that man hath found." 

There's free time to visit Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, taste the legendary gingerbread, or enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. 

We then take in spectacular views of Ullswater Lake as we head along country roads to its southern shores before returning to Manchester in the early evening.

  • Tour guide
  • Transportation during the activity
  • Lake Windermere cruise (from April 1, 2023)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

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Meeting point

The meeting point for the tour departure is next to the NCP Car Park on Store Street. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. Directions if traveling via public transportation: exit Piccadilly Train Station in Manchester. At Caffe Nero, turn left and walk towards Motel One. Take the first left under the tunnel. Walk until you see a white Rabbie’s Tours minibus.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • From April 1, 2023, an island cruise on Lake Windermere will be included in the price of the tour. Before this date, the cruise is optional
  • The tour allows 31 pounds of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22x17x10 inches) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 152 reviews

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We had an amazing experience! Thanks to Clive's dedication to continually provide us with interesting facts about Manchester and Lake District throughout the trip. I can recommend this tour for people who would like to see a glimpse of Lake District for a day. :)

March 26, 2023

This day tour is amazing! Our tour guide James is very friendly and very knowledgeable. He is awesome!!! Through the whole trip, I learnt more about the history of Manchester and Lake District. The mini coach is comfy with USB port for charging. Will def join other Rabble’s tours in the future!

March 26, 2023

This tour with Rabbies is absolutely amazing....Beautiful country side travel in a cozy comfy merc 17 seater with jolly and friendly tour guides....Try and get your warm clothes @ gets real chilly....The next stop at Grasmere and Hawkshead is where you can capture some mesmerizing landscapes....Do try the ginger bread....It is real yummy....!!!

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March 26, 2023

Product ID: 306968