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Lake District & Cumbria Museums

Laurel & Hardy Museum, Ulverston. The Laurel & Hardy Museum is located in the birthplace of Stan Laurel - Ulverston. The museum is an unexpected delight for Lake District visitors and is a 'must' for all Laurel and Hardy afficianados.

Tullie House, Carlisle. Tullie House is an award winning museum opposite Carlisle Castle which traces the city's history and that of the surrounding region. The city's Roman period is well documented as is the history of the Border Reivers who dominated the 'debatable lands' between the English and Scottish borders for a considerable period of time.

Carlisle Castle. Opposite Tullie House Museum is Carlisle Castle which has a long history going back to Norman times. The Castle, which famously held Mary Queen of Scots as a prisoner, is also home to the regimental museum of the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment.

The Armitt, Ambleside. The Armitt is a combined library, gallery and museum in Ambleside which tells the story of Lakeland and its people with special attention paid to the Roman occupation, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter.

Coniston Coppermines Museum. Located above the village of Coniston is this small museum which pays tribute to the hundreds of people who worked in Coppermines Valley over 150 years ago.

Museum of Lakeland Life, Kendal. This museum demonstrates how Cumbrians have lived over the past 250 years and is popular with families with many interactive activities aimed at children.

Lakeland Motor Museum, Cark-in-Cartmel. Literally thousnads of motoring exhibits fill the Lakeland Motor Museum which can be found at Holker Hall. As well as the motor vehicles there is also a section devoted to Donald Campbell's Bluebird.

Ruskin Museum, Coniston. John Ruskin was one of the most remarkable men of the Victorian period whose range of interests were vast. He was variously described as art critic, artist, teacher, philosopher and amatuer geologist to name but a few! He believed in seeing the 'big picture' and saw links between many diverses disciplines which others did not. Th e Ruskin museum is a testament to his fulfilling life.

Windermere Steamboats & Museum. This lovely little museum claims to be the first steamboat collection in the world. The Windermere Steamboat Museum is essentially the history of the lake and is a wonderful and romantic way to imagine the history of this beautiful area.

Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport. To the west of the Lake Districti Senhouse Roman Museum tells the story of Cumbria's Roman occupation. The museum is part of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site.

Hadrian's Wall. To the north of the Lake District lie the Roman remains of Hadrian's Wall. The 2,000 year old wall runs between Wallsend, to the east of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, to Bowness-on-Solway on the Cumbrian coast.

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