Reception, Shop & Gallery

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The Reception

Castlerigg’s Reception is a perfect go-to place for an abundance of information about the Lake District. Chat with us at the reception desk and we will do all we can to offer suggestions and advice.

Top of our list is the short walk to the 4000 year old Neolithic Castlerigg Stone Circle and a climb up Walla Crag for some of the best views in the Lakes. We provide a wide range of maps, books and leaflets to help inform you as you plan your day out in the Lake District.

In addition we offer free mobile phone charging and discount tickets for Keswick Launch and Theatre by the Lake.

Currently closed and operating from the screened window for check-ins. Open 9.00am – 7.00pm.

Shop Gifts


The well-stocked Castlerigg Shop was once a barn used to shelter and feed the cattle brought down off the fells. Carefully restored to create an atmospheric shop, complete with original oak beams, inside you will find an abundance of essentials from newspapers to freshly baked local bread from Bryson’s Bakery in Keswick, fresh vegetables, Cocklakes Farm Shop fresh meats, award-winning Penrith based Burbush pies, Lake District craft beer and freshly ground coffee and teas to take-away.

The shop also has a wide range of gifts and local crafts. There’s also a Campers’ Store offering you all your necessary camping accessories. Other facilities include a payphone, a gas cylinder exchange service, chemical disposal point for touring caravans, battery charging and ice-pack freezing. Open 7 days a week. Hours on door.

Castlerigg Gallery


Looking for a quiet indoor place to relax over a cuppa, The Gallery offers you sanctuary. Sitting in the most elevated position on the park it is a great place to enjoy a coffee and cake as you look across the mountain views. The Gallery also celebrates local art, including photographic Lake District landscapes taken by David Jackson, the park owner. The terrace has a beautiful vista looking out onto the Western Fells and Derwentwater, inspiration for many of the Lake District photos on display.

On a clear day it is possible, through binoculars, to watch hill walkers ascending Catbells, one of Lakeland’s most famous mountains.

Opening hours 12.30pm to 4.00pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Opening times may vary.

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