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The Steam Yacht Gondola, boating, yachting, windsurfing, fishing, Cruises depart from Coniston Launch.
Brantwood - the former home of John Ruskin on the east side of Coniston Water. Historic house, gardens, cafe with terrace and views across the Lake.
South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton, see the tigers and giraffes, Piel Island, cinemas superbowl and lazerzone at Barrow in Furness
The World of Beatrix Potter at Bowness on Windermere
Beatrix Potter Museum at Hawkshead
Hilltop, Beatrix Potter's much loved Lakeland Farmhouse at Near Sawrey
Between Windermere and Coniston Water there is Grizedale Forest where you can walk or hire a cycle or the teenagers can "Go Ape".
The pretty village of Cartmel and Cartmel Priory, Holker Hall.
The Lakeside & Haverthwaite steam railway - Steam train rides of 20 minutes between Haverthwaite and Lakeside. There is a cafe and gift shop at Haverthwaite and you can also enjoy woodland walks here.
The Lakeland Motor Museum is at Backbarrow on the A590 between Haverthwaite and Newby Bridge.
Birchbank is only half a mile from the Cumbria Way, a 70 mile footpath linking Ulverston and Carlisle and cutting through the heart of the Lake District.
The Lake District offers fantastic cycling opportunities and Birchbank is only a quarter of a mile from the Lakes & Dales loop, a 196 mile cycle route taking you through the Lakes, the Yorkshire Dales and the Eden Valley.