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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.

Leathes Head Hotel

The Leathes Head Hotel

A stunning Edwardian Country House Hotel situated in two and a half acres of private grounds with a Bar, Lounge & Rosette Restaurant with dishes freshly prepared by the hotel’s award-winning chef.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Coffee Shop

The Lodge in the Vale

The B&B Lodge is all en suite with satellite TV, full range of internet access including broadband and wifi. The residents lounge has breathtaking views and has a feature fireplace with real fire. Pets welcome by prior arrangement.

Stone Cottage

Stone Cottage

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

Greystoke House

Greystoke House

Typical Victorian Lakeland town house, ideal base for walking, cycling and touring. Two minutes walk from the centre of town, lake and main bus links. Friendly relaxed atmosphere, providing good hearty breakfasts.

The Patterdale Hotel

The Patterdale Hotel

Gardens with seating, idyllic scenery, spectacular views, real ales, rural setting. Home from home comforts.

Crookwath Cottage Lounge

Crookwath Cottage

Crookwath Cottage is the ultimate hideaway cottage. Aga, wood fires, walks straight from the door onto the Dodds. Sleeps 2-6 people. Cost range between £595-£1295per week. Private 25 acre woodland along the Aira Beck.

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.

Inspire Pod

Castlerigg Hall Glamping

Camping Pods and Glamping have become very popular and here in the Lake District we can now offer a variety of accommodation here at Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park to suit most budgets.

Fell House

Fell House

Fell House Bed & Breakfast was built in circa 1884 and is a warm and friendly Victorian Lakeland House with lots of charm located in the beautiful North Lake District town of Keswick.

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.

Winder Hall Country House

Winder Hall Country House

A beautiful and historic Jacobean manor house, now an informal family-run guest house and restaurant with a passion for individual and attentive service. Luxuriously furnished rooms.

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.

The Pheasant

The Pheasant

Unspoiled traditional inn with every modern comfort in understated luxury.

Dining Room

Bramblewood Cottage Guest House

Welcoming guest house overlooking Fitz Park serving an extensive breakfast using locally sourced products with a Breakfast Award. Home from home, warm and welcoming. Recently refurbished to a high standard.

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.

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