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Tourism Zone


Did you know the first visitors to Lakeland were called “the Lakers” by locals, because they didn’t venture far from the lake shore and looked in awe at the wild fell tops?

Visit the Museum to find out how that initial view of the countryside changed. Meet the enterprising people at the forefront of early tourism helping these new tourists to get to know this special place better. Explore how this time influenced our very idea of landscape to this day.

On display in the landscape zone are:

  • Curiosities from Peter Crosthwaite’s original museum
  • The very first guidebook to the Lakes by Thomas West
  • Glimpses of the past through travel journals
  • The very latest in Victorian technology with stereoscopic photos of a bygone Lake District

Come along and find out more. Explore the change from an industrial area to a romanticised tourist destination.



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