Visitor Attractions

Visitor Attractions

Keswick Launch – Enjoy the beauty of Derwent Water and it’s surrounding scenery by taking a boat trip on the Keswick launch. Take advantage of the hop on/hop off facility afforded by it’s 7 landing stages, and enjoy a lovely lakeside walk on the west side of Derwent water before jumping back on the Keswick launch from it’s southern piers.

Castlerigg Stone circle – with it’s 38 free standing stones, Castlerigg Stone Circle is situated just outside Keswick and is one of Britain’s earliest stone circles dating back to over 4000 years ago.

Jennings Beer Tour – Situated in Cockermouth at the confluence of the rivers Derwent and Cocker, Jennings Brewery has a Tour twice a day during the summer months with occasional evening tours. Find out how their real ales are brewed using water from the brewery’s own well and the finest malt and hops. For those not wishing to drive why not take the X5 bus into Cockermouth. The bus stop is just a minutes walk from Ouse Bridge Guest House.

Pencil Museum – located in Keswick, the Pencil Museum is home to the world’s longest pencil. Trace the history of how pencils have been made in the past and how they are made today. Other displays demonstrate the uses of pencils, with helpful hints and tips for budding artists. There is a children’s area where they can “have a go” with different pencils and crayons.

Puzzling Place – situated in Keswick, The Puzzling Place’s ‘World of Illusion’ takes the theme of Illusion and runs with it. It is home to the ‘Anti-gravity Room’, ‘Ames Room’, ‘Hologram Gallery’ and ‘Eyelusions Exhibition’. It’s a fascinating, fun and social excursion into the wonderful world of optical illusion.

Whinlatter Forest – situated between Ouse Bridge Guest House and Keswick, Whinlatter Forest contains a surprising range of adventure activities. Choose from the numerous mountain bike trails (bikes can be hired) or the many walks within the forest. There is also the fabulous Go-Ape tree top course and the Whinlatter Wild Play trail for children of all ages. For those wishing for more sedate activities, there is a video link to the Osprey nest at Bassenthwaite Lake. Those looking for something to eat will enjoy the locally sourced food at the Siskin café.

Wordsworth House – located in Cockermouth, Wordsworth House is the birthplace and childhood home of William Wordsworth. An interactive tour around the house allows you to relive the home as it would have been when William Wordsworth lived there. You’re able to taste 18th century recipes, talk with maids and manservants who are hard at work within the home and visit the ghosts within the cellar.

Honister Slate Mine – Originally selling Westmorland Green Slate, Honister Slate Mine now also offers a range of activities for those looking for adventure. Tours of the mine are available but for those looking to raise the heartbeats why not try the Via Ferrata experience of  climbing along the old slate track on the precipitous outer incline of Fleetwith Pike. Similar adrenalin adventure is contained within old caves by participating in the Subterranean Climb The Mine adventure.

Derwent Water Marina – situated at Portinscale close to Keswick, Derwent Water Marina offers a variety of water based activities on Derwent water. Here you can go sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and more.

There are a great number of other sites we could recommend but the ones here will get you started. Why not visit one of the local visitor websites such as or the Lake District National Park for more information?

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