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Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

Kendal LA9 5AL, England
+44 1539 722464
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Luckily it was raining, otherwise we wouldn't have found this place

Our walking holiday in the Lakes was rained out, so we looked for something to do. We were so glad... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2016
Graham J
Tel Aviv, Israel
Small. But Well Formed

Nice, I think covers this little museum. Thought a rather narrow coverage of Lakeland activities... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2016
Alex W
Ulladulla, Australia
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Immerse yourself in Lake District History at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry. Inside you can explore a typical Victorian farmers home from the food in the kitchen, to the elegance of the parlour. Other galleries tell the story of the Arts and Crafts movement, and the industrial history of this beautiful part of the world. Here you can discover the Lake District’s past in farming, mining, tanning, and many other ways that people have made a living amongst the fells. The Museum allows you to discover how people have lived in the Lake District and how the unique landscape has shaped their lives. You can also find out about Arthur Ransome, one of the Lake District’s most famous authors, and colourful characters. And why not stroll down the Victorian high street before you go to find out about the toys, food, and even medicines of the past. The Museum of Lakeland life is a must see for anyone interested in the history of this beautiful area, and with changing exhibitions looking at all aspects of Lakeland Life there will always be something new to discover.
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Kendal LA9 5AL, England
+44 1539 722464
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

Our walking holiday in the Lakes was rained out, so we looked for something to do. We were so glad to have found this Museum. There are fascinating displays of a 300-year old farmer's bedroom, craftsman's workshops, the Arthur Ransome gallery and more. Plus we...More

Thank Graham J
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Nice, I think covers this little museum. Thought a rather narrow coverage of Lakeland activities was in evidence. Would be extremely interesting to Arthur Ransome devotees. Maybe expansion will occur as time passes. Would recommend it for youngsters as would be a novelty for them.

Thank Alex W
Reviewed 22 August 2016

An extremely interesting museum, well cared for and laid out. We arrived very soon after the 10.30 opening and, apart from a rather noisy foreign school party we managed to avoid, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We particularly enjoyed the Arthur Ransome...More

1  Thank Barbara V
Reviewed 21 August 2016

This is a small museum so plan on seeing it in one to two hours. The exhibits are well displayed and info boards provide additional information. Unfortunately besides the entry fee you have to pay for parking. Best for rainy days.

Thank skatecreekrd
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

This remains an excellent place to spend a couple of hours with the kids - especially if the weather is unkind. There are exhibits of Lakeland history, people and crafts, including Arthur Ransome (author of Swallows and Amazons). Not a big museum, but well worth...More

Thank Howi58
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Although it is labelled Lakeland Life, a lot of what you see could also relate to other parts of the country. Fascinating insight into how life was in bygone years and some interesting background stories to some of the exhibits.

Thank TrevB56
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Very interesting museum.Lots to see, very well laid out,nice little shop.Lots of things for children to look for & do.

Thank patricia w
Reviewed 12 May 2016

The museum is presented in a series of rooms from homes and businesses dating back to the mid-1700s all the way to the early 1900s. The local economy of the period is explained and a village streetscape is presented. There is a lovely gift shop....More

1  Thank TouristEric
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Decided to visit on a day a bit wet and cold for walking. Spent 2.5 hours here. So much to see and read about the history of life and industry in the Lake District. (Some people seemed to rush around in ten minutes, but that...More

1  Thank Pat B
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Lovely little museum. Children loved it and lots of interest for all of us. Arts and Crafts movement, Arthur Ransome, great reconstructions of rooms etc.

Thank braddy2016
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Judith H
30 May 2017|
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Response from James D | Property representative |
Hi, It is £5 admission, or £5.50 with gift aid and we do a joint ticket with the Art Gallery which is £9 or £9.90