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Local Attractions

Places To See And Activities To Do Around Keswick And The Lakes

Keswick Launch
Keswick LaunchSee the Spectacular Scenery of Derwentwater by Launch! Located on the lake shore of Derwentwater near to the Lakeland market town of Keswick, the launch company offers Lake District cruises around Derwentwater throughout the year. The launches start their journey from the Keswick boat landings and cruise around the lake stopping at seven lakeshore jetties where you may embark or join the various boats. Alternatively, stay on the boat and enjoy the 50 minute trip around Derwentwater.
Theatre by the Lake
Theatre by the LakeTheatre by the Lake has a setting on the shores of Derwentwater no other professional theatre in Britain can match. Each year it stages up to nine of its own productions of classic, modern and new plays on its two stages and has won multi-starred reviews from national critics. It also hosts festivals of literature, jazz, film and mountains. Daytime and evening refreshments are available from light snacks to pre-theatre meals.
Pencil Museum
Pencil MuseumNestled into Keswick, the heart of the Lake District, come and discover the colourful world that is home to a giant, an escape artist’s pencil, art adventures and the world’s longest colour pencil!
Puzzling Place
….Maybe you shouldn’t….’The Puzzling Place’ is a fun and eye-opening attraction based on optical illusion….Your visual system has floors….and we expose them!
Go Ape
Go ApeGo Ape is a tree top adventure based in the heart of Whinlatter Forest Park, near Keswick. We take one lush, green forest and a healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery; blend with a smattering of tree-rope high wires, tricky crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires; finished off with a liberal dose of people in search of their inner Tarzan. The result is spectacular. The Go Ape experience gets the adrenalin pumping, gets people out of their comfort zones and above all (no pun intended), it’s just great fun.
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Stone CircleCastlerigg is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop. It is also among the earliest British circles, raised in about 3000 BC during the Neolithic period.
MirehouseMirehouse is a family run historic house attraction open to visitors to enjoy its strong literary connections, live piano music and children’s activities. The gardens stretch from Dodd Wood to Bassenthwaite Lake and include four woodland playgrounds, a heather maze, a rhododendron tunnel and poetry walk for children and grown ups alike to enjoy on a full day out in all weathers.
RhegedHome to 10 lovely shops, a brand new spa, outdoor and indoor play, pottery painting, Peter Sidwell@Rheged Cafe, a gallery, a 3D cinema, family events throughout the school holidays and 4 Cumbria information stations all under one grass covered roof!
Keswick Market
Keswick MarketThursday & Saturday Keswick Market has around 40 stalls and is held in Main Street and has stalls selling a range of local produce. The traditional market offers a wide range of both locally and internationally produced pottery, carvings, crafts and clothes. You’ll also find a selection of delicious home-made jams, preserves and other produce, as well as local meat. Well worth a visit!
Whinlatter Forest Park
Whinlatter ForestWhinlatter is England’s only true Mountain Forest. Home to walking trails, purpose built mountain bike trails, a Go Ape high ropes course, a children’s play trail and a visitor centre with cafe and shop. Only 7 miles from Castlerigg Hall, this is a must-visit for any thrill seekers and families.
Honister Slate Mine
Honister Slate MineHome of the world famous Westmorland Green Slate, Honister Slate Mine is well worth a visit. There’s plenty to do, whether you’re looking for some adrenaline fuelled fun on the Via Ferrata route, or a slightly more relaxing underground tour of the mine.
Lakes Distillery
lakes-distilleryThe Lakes Distillery is the largest distillery in England, producing awarding winning, world class spirits. Surrounded by the beautiful Cumbrian fells, the distillery offers a visually stunning and educational distillery tours, with an onsite gift shop and the increasingly popular Bistro at the Distillery, available for light lunches and evening meals