Art and culture attractions in Cumbria
Cumbria has inspired generations of artists with its diverse beauty and this is reflected in the range of cultural attractions, from museums and art galleries to theatres and festivals.
Renowned poet William Wordsworth is celebrated at the Dove Cottage complex built around the poet's home at Grasmere and incorporating the Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery. Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle, houses considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences, while the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, hosts a busy programme of music, theatre and cinema.
Keswick offers its own Museum and Art Gallery and the Theatre-on-the-Lake while Whitehaven hosts an annual festival with a hugely diverse range of attractions. Eden Arts brings internationally renowned performers to Penrith, and at the nearby Beckstones Art Gallery visitors can see a truly unique selection of original works.
Keswick Museum is a hidden treasure of the North Lakes. Here you will find the significant and rich heritage of the Keswick area displayed in a traditional Victorian Museum. Eclectic and diverse, the building is packed full of artefacts, natural, artistic and scientific.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is Carlisle's finest visitor attraction, and houses considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences. It also boasts a wide range of exhibitions and events, brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery.
Abbot Hall in the English Lake District is one of Britain's finest small art galleries with important British works and a high quality exhibition programme.
Established in the 1970s, Beckstones Art Gallery has earned a reputation around the world for exhibiting high quality original paintings by a hand-picked selection of some of the finest contemporary artists in the United Kingdom. Our painstakingly chosen artists cover a wide and varied spectrum of styles, media and subject matter, but all have one essential ingredient in common – they all paint to a very high standard.
Located in the gateway to the Lake District The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, Cumbria, offers a variety of entertainment including music, theatre, gigs and more…
Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter – Hill Top is a time-capsule of this amazing woman's life. Full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk.