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A visit to the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without a ride on a world-famous Cumbrian steam train. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway runs right past us, with the starting point of Haverthwaite station just a five-minute drive from the hotel. Here you can soak up the atmosphere of a working steam station before hopping into a comfortable carriage for a leisurely journey.
The voyage takes you via the beautiful lake and river scenes of the Leven Valley, right to the most southern tip of Lake Windermere. You can also buy a combined ticket, which includes a cruise across the lake. And the best bit? There’s a great tea room at the end of the line (take our word for it!).
Visit the beautiful Lakeshore park with stunning mountain views. Relax and soak up the atmosphere of this idyllic location, or take part in a range of activities, fun for all the family.
We understand that sometimes the fresh air can take it out of the little ones (and teenage ones!), which is why we host movie nights for the kids every Friday night – giving you a chance to enjoy home cooked food in our unashamedly homely pub, the Swan Inn, or something a little more polished at the River Room restaurant.
Depending on who's watching, past screenings have featured:
Here at the Swan, we’re so much more than a place to sleep. We’re family friendly for a start, and for that reason, it’s important to us that every member of the family feels at home when they visit.
We’re based in one of the most beautiful parts of the country and we want to show that off – our grounds are home to a whole host of exciting activities for the family to enjoy on a short break to the Lake District. Our adventure play park is perfect for little ones to let their imaginations run wild, and our nature trail is the ideal opportunity to get the whole family experiencing the great outdoors.
The Lake District’s natural beauty and abundant wildlife inspired Beatrix Potter to write her much-loved stories. Explore the wonderful landscape where the tales are brought to life.
A trip to the Lake District wouldn't be complete without a visit to Grizedale Forest. Situated right in the heart of the Lake District Grizdale offers an unrivalled day out for everyone.
Discover walking & cycling trails or simply find a quiet spot to set up a picnic, admire the wildlife and relax...
There are many events happening at Grizedale throughout the year, from 'Gruffalo-Spotting' to adventure races, trail runs and car rallies.
Swing around in the trees. Great fun for those with a sense of adventure.
Visit the magnificent home of the Cavendish Family.
A small family friendly race course in the pretty village of Cartmel. Races run throughout the summer and are a great family day out.
A treat for gardeners. Visit the world famous topiary gardens.
"We were lucky enough to watch the steam train go past, a little step back in history.
We will definitely return to the Swan."
"Hop on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite steam railway, a five-minute-walk away, whose terminus is beside the cruise-boats' pier and Lakes Aquarium. The hotel is just off the A592/A590 junction so it is well connected: Bowness and Ambleside to the north, Kendal to the east and southern Lakes' attractions such as Cartmel village and Holker Hall are all within 20 to 30 minutes."The Telegraph
"The local area offers so much from walking, sightseeing to lazy days sat beside the River Leven which flows out of lake Windermere."Kat (TripAdvisor June 2017)
"The hotel has clearly recently been refurbished and is lovely inside too. Staff were friendly, polite and happy to help. Restaurant/bar staff particularly friendly. Rooms were decent size and well maintained. Location is the key though and the sitting area outside is wonderful when the sun shines."Robert D (TripAdvisor May 2016)
"The hotel has a number of areas that worked well for our group. We enjoyed lunch in the restaurant, snacks in the bar, drinks in the resident's lounges and a dip in the pool.
The adventure playground and grassed areas were ideal for children young and old! The staff were very attentive and helpful. The decor is modern and bright. The setting on the river is beautiful."FLacey1 (TripAdvisor June 2016)