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Lakes Culture World Heritage Signature Experiences - Keswick & Ullswater
Lakes Culture World Heritage Signature Experiences - Keswick & Ullswater

World Heritage Signature Experiences
Keswick and Ullswater

The Keswick and Ullswater region has one of the most dramatic settings of all Britain’s Neolithic stone circles; dramatic scenery of Skiddaw and Helvellyn in the northern fells; and is home to drama on stage at the most stunning location for a theatre in the UK.

With our partners Lakes Culture, we have selected some memorable and must-do World Heritage experiences in the dramatic north Lakes. Choose to do one or all of them, then find a great place to stay with our suggestions below.

Shows on the shores

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Theatre by the Lake Summer Season

Described by The Telegraph as “the most gorgeously situated theatre in England”, Theatre by the Lake also has an enviable reputation for hosting award-winning productions, actors and providing visitors with an award-winning welcome. This spring, Theatre by the Lake will be entertaining us with A Streetcar Named Desire, a tribute play to Nina Simone, Great Expectations, shows and activities for families in the school holidays, the Words by the Water literary festival, Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival and the Keswick Mountain Festival.

The eagerly anticipated summer season at the theatre opens on 24 May. Time to get to the Lakes and see some amazing shows within our World Heritage scenery.

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6 lakes in a morning

Mountain Goat Tour

Short on time? Not confident driving on our country roads? Want someone else to drive so you can concentrate on the views? Whatever the reason, it’s worth booking onto this half day tour with Mountain Goat.

Starting from Windermere you will experience a scenic tour that takes you over the Lake District’s highest mountain pass to enjoy the impressive views of Ullswater, stop at Castlerigg Stone Circle which is older than Stonehenge and the most impressive panoramic setting of all Britain’s stone circles. The tour takes you through the glacial valley of St John’s in the Vale and finishes with an opportunity to wander around the beautiful historic village of Grasmere.

Mountain Goat 6 lakes tour

World Heritage Cruise

Ullswater Steamers

Steamers for stops and sights around Ullswater

Environmentally accredited attraction, Ullswater Steamers has been operating on Ullswater lake over 150 years.The heritage vessels take in stops and sights around the 14.5km long lake that tell the story of our cultural landscape.

In spring you can see the daffodils Dorothy Wordsworth wrote about in her diaries that inspired some of the most famous lines in English poetry. There are stops at the spectacular Aira Force waterfalls and Glenridding, where you can start your hike to the Helvellyn summit towering over the lake. Or you can just sit back and admire the same stunning views that inspired JMW Turner.

Help conserve our World Heritage site and enjoy great savings on travel around the Lake District with Northern Rail and Stagecoach buses

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Climb the Mine

Explore Deep Inside Honister Slate Mine

Following the original underground mine workings at England’s last working slate mine, you can experience the adrenaline of vertical climbs, rope-bridge crossings and steel ladder ascents deep inside the 900 year old mine in the heart of Fleetwith Pike. This is a unique experience to discover a secret world of hidden passages and magnificent caverns where miners used to extract rock for roofing slates. The Climb the Mine experience ends as you emerge outside to a spectacular view of one of England’s highest mountain passes.

Minimum age is 10 years and older and 1.3 meters and taller. All essential equipment will be provided by Honister on arrival.

To own an authentic piece of the Lake District’s 450 million year history, you can purchase beautiful Honister Green Slate products in the shop after Climbing the Mine or online

Honister - Climb in the mine

Find places to stay

We have a collection of great places to stay around the Keswick and Ullswater area.
Please click any of the links below to view details and book your stay.

Room 2

Brierholme Guest House

Distinctive Victorian House situated in town centre. Private parking. Lock up storage for motorbikes and bicycles.

Camping Pods

Lanefoot Farm Pods & Shepherds Hut

The camping Pods and The Shepherds' Hut at Lanefoot Farm Campsite present a glamping alternative to camping. Affordable accommodation already set up on site. Just bring everything you usually bring to camp, but leave the tent behind!

Beech House

Beech House

Beech House is a family run guest house offering a warm and friendly atmosphere. It is situated in the small village of Glenridding in the beautiful Eden valley.

Greystones

Greystones

Greystones enjoys an enviable location with splendid views of Skiddaw, Latrigg and Blencathra. lt is only a 3 minute walk to the shops, restaurants and pubs in the historic Market Square.

The Byre living area

The Byre

A barn, formerly used for keeping cattle on the ground floor, with hay stored on the first floor known as a hay loft. The Byre has been converted to a very high standard with oak wood used throughout, retaining the original beams.

Wordsworth Barn Living Area

Wordsworth Barn

Spacious, stylish, very well equipped barn conversion with spectacular views and idyllically located in a quiet position, only metres from the village amenities of Patterdale, a mile from the shores of Ullswater.

Stone Cottage

Stone Cottage

EnjoyEngland gold award 2008 and much improved since then. A luxuriously renovated, character house in the tiny hamlet of Deepdale. Beautifully presented in contemporary, country style. Roaring log fire, beams and magical views.

Overwater Hall Hotel

Overwater Hall Hotel

Overwater Hall winter offer

Grade II Listed building, peacefully secluded in 18 acres of grounds on the Back O'Skiddaw. Relaxed friendly care and personal, attentive service. Excellent reputation for food. Open log fire in winter.

Littlefield

Littlefield

Littlefield has 4 en suite bedrooms with TV and is 5 minutes walk to the town and close to the lake and theatre. Many lovely walks start from our door. We pride ourselves on our warm hospitality and welcoming atmosphere.

Leonard`s Field House

Leonards Field House

A traditional lakeland Guest House serving outstanding, locally sourced, freshly prepared breakfasts and offering high quality, recently decorated and well-equipped rooms. Only 2 minutes from centre of Keswick.

Broad How

Broad How

Spacious, comfortable, warm and well-equipped, Broad How is a charming, large Lakeland house, sleeping 14, ideally sited in an acre of grounds, 0.5 mile from village of Patterdale, pub and shop. Restaurants, steamer and boat hire 1.5 miles.

Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park

Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park

Catering for families and couples, Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Caravan Park occupies one of the finest positions in the Lake District overlooking Derwentwater with breath-taking views of the surrounding fells.

Retro caravan at Manesty

Retro Caravan at Manesty

Retro caravan in great condition with two bedrooms sleeping 4. Elevated sheltered position tucked at the foot of our small wooded fell side, home to our resident pair of tawny owls, red squirrels and wood peckers.

Gill Brow Farm

Gill Brow Farm

A 17thC farm house on a working fell farm in the heart of Newlands Valley. Situated 5 miles from Keswick and 3 miles from Buttermere with unspoilt views across the valley to Catbells, Bullcrags and Scope End.

Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park

Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park

Formerly a Lakeland Hill Farm, Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park occupies one of the finest positions in the Lake District overlooking Derwentwater with breath-taking views of the surrounding fells.

Acorn House bedroom

Acorn House

Detached Georgian house set in well-maintained gardens. Spacious rooms, all have been tastefully refurbished. Four poster beds available. Quietly situated, yet close to the town centre and lake. Real log fires.

Patterdale Hall Estate

Patterdale Hall Estate

In a magnificent mountain setting at the southern tip of Ullswater in the English lake District, Patterdale Hall Estate is ideally situated for holidays and outdoor activities. Comfortable range of accommodation from lodges to bothies.

Double En-suite Bedroom

Wordsworth Cottage

Stylishly renovated listed cottage, in stunning location, oozing character with woodburner, oak floors, beams mixed with contemporary bathrooms, sumptuous soft furnishings and incredible views.

Breakfast at Glencoe

Glencoe Guest House

A charming Victorian home, capturing its original character, offering a warm friendly welcome. Run by outdoor enthusiasts with local knowledge of fells and surrounding area, whose aim is to please. Cycle storage, drying room, flask filling

The Cottage in the Wood

The Cottage in the Wood

Peaceful 17thC country hotel situated in the heart of the Whinlatter Forest with stunning views of the Skiddaw mountain range. Freshly cooked local and seasonal foods in our award-winning restaurant.

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