Day trip

From Manchester: Lake District and Windermere

From Manchester: Lake District and Windermere

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
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From US$ 55.48 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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  • Learn the history of Lake Windermere
  • Discover Coniston Water, the scenic lake that's inspired writers and poets
  • See where William Wordsworth learned his grammar
  • Wander the cobbled lanes of Hawkshead
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.

  • Transportation in a 16-seat Mercedes mini-bus
  • Professional driver-guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
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

  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years.
  • The tour allows 31 pounds of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22 inch x 17 inch x 10 inch) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 90 reviews

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The guide, Clive, was excellent. While the tour was very nice, I expected to be able to see the inside of Dove Cottage and Hill Top. I was disappointed that this was not the case. I enjoyed the Windermere Lake cruise but did not expect to have to pay extra for it.

September 15, 2022

Absolutely fantastic day! The map needs reviewed though as I could not find the meeting point and there was no one to contact... perhaps the contract number of the driver should be shared? Found my way only because I asked a deliveroo worker where the street was located. And while I appreciate the comfort of air conditioning I was worried about there being no fresh air - especially when a fellow passenger sneezed. Probably not ideal to keep the windows rolled up the entire drive.

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August 20, 2022

Great tour thanks to our guide Daren who was able to tell us many stories and anecdotes as well as explaining every site seen! He also advised us what to see, typical dishes and entertained us with challenges that made the 11 hours of travel super enjoyable! Thanks again, great scenery and great hikes

August 10, 2022

Product ID: 306968