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Tourism is a major industry in Cumbria, thanks to its stunning natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and many attractions. The county is perhaps best known for the Lake District National Park, which attracts millions of visitors every year with its picturesque lakes, rolling hills, and challenging hikes. However, there is much more to Cumbria than just the Lake District, with historic towns and cities such as Carlisle, Penrith, and Kendal, as well as the Cumbrian coast and its many seaside resorts. Other popular attractions in Cumbria include castles, museums, and stately homes. With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder that Cumbria is a popular destination for both domestic and international tourists.

Cumbria is home to a range of fascinating museums that offer visitors an insight into the county’s rich cultural heritage. One of the most popular is the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle, which covers the region’s history from prehistoric times to the present day, with exhibits on everything from Roman artefacts to contemporary art. The Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness is also worth a visit, with displays on the area’s shipbuilding and industrial heritage. The Ruskin Museum in Coniston focuses on the life and work of the artist and writer John Ruskin, while the Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage in Grasmere provide a fascinating insight into the life and times of one of the Lake District’s most famous residents. Whether you are interested in history, art, literature, or industry, Cumbria’s museums offer something for everyone.

Cumbria is a county with a rich cultural heritage and many of its historic and cultural sites can be explored on foot. There are many walking trails and routes that allow visitors to explore the region’s fascinating history and stunning natural landscapes. For example, the Cumbria Way is a popular walking route that stretches for 70 miles from Ulverston to Carlisle, passing through the Lake District and the Furness Peninsula. Along the way, walkers can take in a range of historic sites, including Roman forts, monastic ruins, and traditional villages. There are also many shorter walks that offer a glimpse into Cumbria’s cultural heritage, such as the Wordsworth Walk in Grasmere, which takes in the poet’s former home and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or a casual walker, there are many cultural walks in Cumbria that offer a unique and memorable way to explore the county’s rich cultural landscape.

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