Great fun for families, couples and single travellers alike, few day trips can transport you to another world like museums can.
Equally spectacular in autumn as well as summer, chances are you’ll visit The Lake District for its stunning natural beauty but Lakeland also boasts some great indoor pursuits too.
Enviably placed just an 11-minute drive from the popular honeypot of Bowness-on-Windermere, The Wild Boar is based nearby some of the region’s leading museums.
Keep on reading for some day trip inspiration when staying at this delightful 34-bedroom property.
The World of Beatrix Potter (8-minute drive)
One of the most iconic children’s authors of all-time, much of Beatrix Potter’s early inspiration can be traced back to holidays spent in The Lake District.
Rightfully based beside the banks of Cumbria’s best-loved lake in Bowness-on-Windermere, it takes just an eight-minute drive from The Wild Boar Cumbria to reach The World of Beatrix Potter.
A wonderful collection of eight separate areas, enjoy a five-minute film documenting her stories and illustrations, wander through Peter Rabbit’s Garden and take a virtual walk through the countryside that influenced Potter’s marvellous creations.
Lakeland Motor Museum (20-minute drive)
The Lake District is of course synonymous with Bluebird, the hydroplane that infamously crashed when Donald Campbell attempted to break the water speed record in 1967.
Marvel at a life-size replica of this unmistakable craft and much more at Lakeland Motor Museum, only a 20-minute drive from The Wild Boar Windermere south on the A592.
With more than 30,000 exhibits on display, you’ll want to allow yourself a few hours to peruse an Isle of Man TT Tribute, an unholy collection of classic cars and fantastic recreated scenes including a 1920s garage and 1950s cafe.
Laurel & Hardy Museum (32-minute drive)
You may not expect unmistakable slapstick duo Laurel & Hardy to be honoured with their own museum in The Lake District but that is exactly what you’ll find in Ulverston.
Only a 32-minute drive from The Wild Boar Cumbria along the A592 and then the A590, Ulverston represents the birthplace of Stan Laurel in 1890.
With the museum springing to life thanks to the lifelong collection of super fan Bill Cubin, the current Roxy cinema complex location represents a superb day trip.
Hosting viewings, providing a wide range of memorabilia and housing the original furniture in which Stan spent the early years of his life, this is the ultimate pilgrimage for the avid Laurel & Hardy fan.