Cumbria’s Living Heritage have produced a great Heritage Past Port guide, downloadable from their website, that lists all the unique, secret and not-so-secret attractions to be discovered in the Lake District.
Included wonders among the 33 must-see sites are:
- A letter ‘written in the hand of God’
- A 700-year old cat and a fish from the last ice age
- A bee penthouse
- ‘First edition’ Beatrix Potter books, sketchbooks, journals, and original artwork in the Beatrix Potter Gallery, to celebrate her 150th birthday
- A tracing of the life of William Wordsworth
- William Morris wallpaper
- A glimpse into the 17th Century Radish Feast
- England’s largest window
- A 900-year-old pillar
- A collection of historic motor cars, including those owned by Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell.
- A chance to learn the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Greene Knights
- Muncaster Castle, one of the most haunted buildings in the UK
- The Quaker Tapestry Museum
- The aero-engine of the Halifax Bomber LL05
- The National Trust’s largest collection of medieval and culinary plants
- The Acorn Bank, owned by the Knights Templar in the 13th Century
- Topiary depictions of Queen Elizabeth and her Maids of Honour, the Judge’s Wig and monarchy chess pieces
- The 21 fruits of pomology
- The Healing Herb Garden
The Heritage Past-Port can be used by group travel organisers to plan your itinerary, and the Cumbria’s Living Heritage website features maps and a group planning tool giving further information about each attraction, including free parking.