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3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from London

3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from London

By Rabbie's

Ages 5-99, max of 16 per group
Duration: 3 days
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • 2 nights en-suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Professional Driver Guide
  • Transport by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • 2nd class return rail travel from London Euston to Penrith station
  • Small-group tour (maximum 16 people)
  • Entry/Admission - Rabbie's
What's not included
  • Lunch, dinner and refreshments
  • Gratuities
  • Admission fees
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Windermere
  • Entry/Admission - Honister Slate Mine

  • Euston Rd., London NW1 2RT, UK
    London Euston Train Station, Kings Cross, London NW1 2DU
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2250P97

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age to participate is 5 years old. We are sorry, children under the age of 5 cannot join our tour.
    • After booking your tour, we'll contact you about your train journey (London Euston - Penrith)
    • Collect your ticket from the ticket machines using your bank or credit card and the 'collection reference' number we send you
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This trip combines a return train journey with one of our tours. It's a fast and sustainable way to get you to where you want to go. You get picked up by a Rabbie's mini-coach from Penrith Train Station
    • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 20kg (44lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
    • Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
    • Lake Windemere Cruise - We reserve tickets for you. If you want to join this cruise, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers

    • If you cancel at least 22 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 21 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2250P97

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    9 stops
    Day 1
    London - Penrith - Lake District
    Day 2
    Lake Windermere - Hawkshead -...
    Day 3
    Whinlatter Pass - Honister Pass...
    About the operator
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    • Rabbie's
      London, England
      Joined in May 2007
    • CharlesArmyBrat55
      0 contributions
      First trip to Oxford
      Loved the guide provided by Rabbies. The coach was very nice and comfortable. trip to Oxford took a couple hours but once arrived we were left off to handle our visit. We arranged for a walking tour with students as guides which was great. However, two hours in Oxford is not sufficient so expect the desire to come back. the next two stops are awesome and very pretty little villages. some great shopping in Belford. Arrived back in London in good time to find a dinner spot. Would arrange trips with this group without hesitation.
      Written 27 February 2024
    • 426ancad
      0 contributions
      Touristic jewels
      It was a really nice trip in February 2024. The minibus was nice and comfortable and our guide Francis was great: an excellent mix of pleasant humor, great tips and information, conversation and silence at the right time (his playlist was very nice as well). The places were what we had expected only slightly busier; the architecture, the atmosphere and luckily the weather did not disappoint.
      Written 17 February 2024
    • 216tempusf
      0 contributions
      Terrific. You will love it.
      I've now been on three Rabbie's tours; one to Devon and Cornwall, one to the Outer Hebrides, and one to the Orkneys. Had a marvelous time and many indelible experiences on each. Emily is one of the best guides imaginable; she was witty, acerbic, and hilarious. Rabbie's seems to hire only personable and well-prepared guides; they are also flexible and extremely helpful about changes to routine, slight additions to the program, etc. On Emily's tour, I saw a hillside filled with rippling streams and heather in full bloom; I asked if we could stop and she gave us one of my best experiences ever. The photos will always remind me of that interlude of pure joy and magic.
      Written 7 February 2024
    • Jet670814
      0 contributions
      Relaxing trip with entertaining guide.
      Graham was a great host, fun and informative, with a wonderful sense of humour. There was just enough time at the Cotswalds villages and great to be able to wander around Oxford at our own pace. Would definitely recommend. Thanks Graham.
      Written 4 February 2024
    • Lizpre
      0 contributions
      Book the tour!
      We did the Cotswold and Oxford day tour from London. This was our favorite tour of our trip. Francis was our guide and was very knowledgeable and friendly. He made time to get to know each person in the small group. We chose Rabbies, because most other companies seem to cram in as many places as they can into one day, and we wanted to take our time. There was plenty of time in the cottages and Oxford.
      Written 1 February 2024
    • discoveringduo
      0 contributions
      Great tour of the Cotswolds and Oxford
      This was the exact tour that we were looking for and so glad we found it! We knew we wanted to visit the Cotswolds and Oxford University, but were struggling to find a tour that did both in one day until we found Rabbie’s. This was a nice mix of each destination. We did 2 stops in the Cotswolds to start our day (Burford and Bibury). Our guide provided us with great recommendations at each stop. We went to Hunter’s Cakery and the Church in Burford. We walked Arlington Road in Bibury. It was a magical day with great weather for a January stop. We then went to Oxford and made a stop at the Turf Tavern and did the walking tour of Christ Church to see some of the Harry Potter locations. Then, we walked back admiring all the scenery of the town. All in all this was a fantastic day trip out of London. Our bus was a cozy 16 passenger Mercedes van/mini bus. It was easily found right at the address provided online and we were dropped back off in the same spot. Highly recommend this tour!
      Written 21 January 2024
    • Taryn S
      0 contributions
      Great company, great guide
      Francis our tour guide was so knowledgeable and the whole tour was so well organised. We got lots of info on the way out of London and then he was quiet for the rest. A really good mix. He knew when to stop talking :)
      Written 13 January 2024
    • Rusa D
      0 contributions
      Beautiful and relaxing
      Beautiful tour, relaxing and amazing scenarios. The Cotswolds are incredibly pretty! Would do it again. The driver, Francis was very nice and told us a lot about the 0laces as we passed them by.
      Written 13 January 2024
    • A438RRbrianj
      0 contributions
      Cotswolds daytrip
      Good value tour with enough time at each stop.Cotswolds and Oxford tour handled really well by our affable irish driver/guide Francis.Would highly recommend!
      Written 12 January 2024
    • BusyTourist
      0 contributions
      Great tour to see nice places outside of the city.
      Very glad we took this tour. Got to see some nice sites and were entertained by tour guide throughout the trip. It was something recommended to us by friends and we are glad we did this.
      Written 11 January 2024
    • 503daniellal
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      Signed up for a tour, turned into a beautiful adventure!
      We took a day tour to Oxford and The Cotswolds in December 2023. We signed up and expected a tour, but thanks to our amazing guide Sameul, we had an exquisite adventure. The ride was extremely comfortable and thanks to Sameul with his quick wit and sense of humour, along with a wide breadth of historical knowledge and interesting tidbits about all the places we went to, made the long drives go by in a flash. We were able to explore all the hidden treasures in the most beautiful places. Will always look up Rabbie's Tours in the future if this is the calibre of service one can expect from them! We plan to visit Scotland and Ireland soon and I will definitely book with them first and foremost if they have any tours available in the relevant regions. Thank you for showing us some beautiful places in a stunning way! Looking forward to doing some more exploring with Rabbie's Tours soon!
      Written 4 January 2024
    • montybharali
      0 contributions
      Lovely day out
      Wonderful sights, very comfortable drive and Graham made the journey and the stops very pleasant. The time of the year also helped because it wasn't over crowded
      Written 23 December 2023
    • 207sergeyr
      0 contributions
      Lost day
      They do not consider timing well - after 1.5hrs security queue we had 15 min in Windsor, then they cancelled Stonehenge part, and we spent the rest of the day in Bath. I would tell it was a lost day.
      Written 21 December 2023
    • Nanadw
      0 contributions
      Must see
      What a wonderful day trip! The scenery was spectacular, our guide Laura (I’m sorry but I honestly can’t recall her name but hoping/thinking this is correct) was great! Highly recommend. The seats were comfortable for such a long time sitting.
      Written 20 December 2023
    • Jenny C
      0 contributions
      A sneak peek at the Cotswolds
      An excellent day out. For us we would have preferred more time visiting local villages and less in Oxford. Our guide/driver Mark was excellent. Very knowledgeable, interesting and with great playlists.
      Written 12 December 2023
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    2 reviews
    Very good

    Greater London, UK46 contributions
    Aug 2019
    I booked a day trip before with Rabbie's and had a great experience. Again I wasn't disappointed. Rabbie's booked the train ticket with reserved seat from London. Our driver Dom picked us up in Penrith in a small comfortable bus. He was very organised and knowledgeable. He didn't hesitate to add some stops for great views when we had the time and shift things around to dodge the rain for the photo ops. That is one thing to note. It can sometimes rain a lot there. So bring waterproof gear. That being said, this is still one of, if not the most beautiful region in England. Well worth dealing with the less than ideal weather.

    As far as accommodations, we stayed in fantastic B&Bs in Keswick. While the tour also tends to stay in Windermere, it was peak tourist season so it would have been crowded. I was thankful that Keswick was cute and small with a decent amount of options for dinner (reservations are recommended though for many places).

    Overall, we hit all the most important places to see and there was enough diversity of things to see (not just water). The optional activities are not too expensive and I think worth it, especially the steamboat cruise and the visit of Beatrix Potter's house.

    I think this tour is great if you are visiting the UK and want to see something other than big cities. It's also great if you live in the south of England but have never been to the Lake District, especially if you don't have a car and/or don't want to drive yourself in the mountains.
    Written 2 September 2019
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    3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from London provided by Rabbie's