SINCE lockdown was lifted tourism has flourished in Cumbria and the Lake District.

For some this has been the first time they have ventured out into this part of the country.

Here are some of the top rated tourist attractions, maybe you have visited some of them yourself?

1) Mountain Goat Tours

One of the most popular tour guides in the county, located in Windermere, the Mountain Goat is both nationally and internationally recognised by many coach and tour operators as their first and foremost Lake District tour specialist.

Their friendly and informative members of staff have been praised for their service.

Online reviewer Christian said: "We had a memorable day in the company of our excellent host and driver Tony. The sights we saw were truly breathtaking and Tony was very well informed and an excellent driver. Highly recommended."

2) Waterhead Pier

A beauty spot near Ambleside, the Pier has offered photographs some of the best views in the Lake District and has attracted tourists from across the country during their visits.

Close to a very popular hostel, a convenient car park and several successful pubs, the Pier is one to stop by next time you're in the area.

Online reviewer Erik said: "Ice-cream, lake, and a beautiful short walk, a lovely place to relax and sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery, Can get quite busy but you can lose yourself in the sights around you. From here there is a 20-30 minute walk into Ambleside or or take a boat trip or hire a boat."

3) Scafell Pike

The highest mountain in England looks over the county at 978 metres above sea level and has been a focus for many adventurers and explorers.

Located in the Lake District National Park, it is also part of the Southern Fells and the Scafell massif.

Review Simon commented on his first time out on Scafell: "First time doing anything like this but managed it in under five hours, left from National Trust was dale car park just after 7am, hardly anyone around got to the top after a scare when the weather literally changed in the blink of an eye, definitely go prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear and essential supplies, the weather did clear for a while at the top and the views are fantastic, recommend this to anyone visiting the lakes, the road to it is a bit dubious but it is the only way to it, try it and enjoy it."

4) Windermere Cruises

The popular boat service has taken increasing numbers of tourists and locals across the beautiful waters of Lake Windermere non-stop during the summer, and offer some incredible views that can't be found anywhere else.

Even from the highest points.

Reviewer Eddie described the experience at Lake Windermere as 'amazing.

He said: "An amazing place to go and see history. With is amazing views from hills and lakes, it's so nice and cool."

5) Lowther Castle

The historic castle that can trace it's family origins back to the arrival of the Vikings, is one of the county's most popular tourism attractions.

Essential for any history buff or lover of architecture to visit on their way through Cumbria.

Online reviewer Kathryn said: "Four of us and two dogs and it was the first-time visiting Lowther Castle and it was lovely. The little cafe is gorgeous, the roast beef sandwich is to die for. We had booked our tickets online and it was a speedy little process once we arrived. The gardens were lovely even though it’s winter and there’s no flowers but we enjoyed the walk around with the dogs. Lots of stuff to see! Can’t wait to come back in the summertime when all the flowers are in bloom."