However, despite its continued popularity, the sheer size of the region means its tranquil atmosphere remains intact - steer only a little clear of the most trodden paths and you'll find a calming spot to enjoy all to yourself.
Exploring the Lake District's natural beauty will likely be the main reason for your visit. At 978m, Scafell Peak serves as England's highest peak while also being a war memorial. Even if you're not up for the challenge, ample walking routes can be found in the area that every member of the family can enjoy.
Prefer your adventures to be water-based? Take a boat cruise across Lake Windermere, or hire a canoe in Derwenwater to enjoy dramatic views from all sides. And for the cyclists, you'll also find many dedicated paths through the woods and up the mountains.
However, it's important that you also take some time to unwind while here. Whether you grew up reading her stories or enjoy sharing them with your own kids, Beatrix Potter has a firm place in the hearts of millions. The World of Beatrix Potter brings her timeless tales to life, which she wrote and set in the Lake District.
Prefer history to fiction? Head to Wray Castle and marvel at its dramatic Gothic Revival structure, exploring the turrets and towers as you go.
Check out our full list of things to do in the Lake District to get your trip planning underway.
You may be surprised to learn that the Lake District has become something of a foodie mecca. 8 Michelin-star restaurants can be found across the region, but even if you spend all your time hopping between cafes, pubs and more casual establishments, you'll still be treated to a variety of dishes made from locally sourced produce.
Meat eaters should definitely take this chance to enjoy authentic Cumberland sausages, preferably served with creamy mash for a fuss-free, comforting meal post-hike. Looking for something a little sweeter? Afternoon tea remains popular throughout the various towns and villages, while Grasmere gingerbread is perfect for enjoying straight away or taking home as a souvenir.