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Big names, now known across the world, have long found inspiration here. The radical thinkers and artist pioneers of their time - William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, JMW Turner, John Ruskin, Kurt Schwitters and Andy Goldsworthy. Today, a rich creative life builds on that exceptional heritage.

You can see it and feel it within a few short miles; the artworks in mountains and forests, the scores of galleries and artists’ studios,the packed programme performances and festivals – not just music and comedy but wool, print and ceramics. It's the intimate venues and outdoor stages in stunning settings that make a cultural break here something unique.

For a taste of the art and culture waiting for you in England’s best-known landscape explore the sections below and at

Wordsworth 250 - celebrating the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth's birth

Wordsworth 250 - Celebrating the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth.

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Rediscover the Radical Ruskin

John Ruskin2019 is the 200 year anniversary of John Ruskin's birth.
Find out more about this fascinating man and his achievements here.
There is a wealth of places of interest, historical sites and cultural landmarks here in the Lake District Cumbria, alongside great arts events, workshops and exhibitions for you to visit, participate in and experience.
Discover the county's cultural gems - to help you we have categorised them below.


Churches of Cumbria

Find out more about the facinating history and architecture of the county's churches

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Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

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