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The very pretty Georgian town of Cockermouth is the gateway to the Western Lake District. It’s a great place to stay and the added bonus is you can be on a lakeshore, at the beach or up a fell within 20 minutes’ drive – if you can tear yourself away from its wealth of attractions.
Cockermouth is a vibrant town with lots happening all year round. Every September and Decemeber, the Taste Cockermouth food festival hits the town and in the summer, Northbound, the free summer music festival visits.

Jennings Brewery is situated in the town and is well worth a visit and for a spot of culture, did you know Cockermouth was the birthplace of William and Dorothy Wordsworth? Their family home, Wordsworth House provides fascinating insight into how the future poet and his family lived back in the 18th century. Other famous people from Cockermouth include the astronomer Fearon Fallows, scientist John Dalton and Fletcher Christian of Mutiny on the Bounty fame. Visit the Cockermouth Civic Trust's Town Trail for lots more.

Stay in Cockermouth

Beautiful view South from the rear of the property

The Hayloft

Cockermouth (2 miles, 3 km)

Located in a peaceful rural hamlet in the Lake District National Park. Easy access to fells, lakes and Solway coast. A 17thC converted stone barn with lofted ceilings and exposed stone walls.The Hayloft is exceptionally clean and warm.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £299-£399 pupw sleeps 1-3

Beckside living

Southwaite Green Farm

Cockermouth (2 miles, 3 km)

Eco cottages, built and furnished to the highest standards, in 'one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen'.

Self-catering with 4 units, £475-£1300 pupw sleeps 1-6

Hundith Hill Hotel

Hundith Hill Hotel Limited

Cockermouth (2 miles, 3 km)

Located in the picturesque Lorton Valley, Hundith Hill offers stunning views of the Cumbrian countryside. With 25 rooms, function suites, restaurant, bar & lounge, Hundith Hill is the perfect venue for country escapes.

Country House Hotel with 25 rooms, £54-£130 pppnb, £100-£249 prpn

Brigham Holiday Park

Brigham Holiday Park

Cockermouth (2 miles, 3 km)

We don't just sell holiday homes here at Brigham Holiday Park, we also offer the opportunity to rent for a holiday or short break.

Holiday Park with 2 units

The Fitz

The Fitz

Cockermouth (0 miles, 1 km)

From the moment you pull onto the sprawling driveway and capture your first glimpse of the magnificent house and it’s sweeping gardens, to the second you retreat to the cosy BBQ house and take a dip in the luxury hot tub.

Self-catering with 1 unit

The Pheasant

The Pheasant

Cockermouth (5 miles, 8 km)

Unspoiled traditional inn with every modern comfort in understated luxury.

Hotel with 15 rooms, £87 pppnb

Master Bedroom

Wood Farm Self-Catering Cottages

Cockermouth (3 miles, 5 km)

Barn conversion situated in rural area close to Lorton Vale with easy access to Keswick and Cockermouth.

Self-catering with 2 units, £287-£600 pupw sleeps 1-6

Trout Hotel

Trout Hotel

Cockermouth (0 miles, 0 km)

The hotel is surrounded by award-winning gardens on the banks of the river Derwent. Many of the bedrooms have wonderful views of the river and gardens.

Hotel with 49 rooms, £155-£175 prpnb

Eat & Drink

Cockermouth has a tasty selection of places to eat and drink. It’s a place that can cater for every appetite, and every craving.

It’s home to a wealth of cafes and traditional tea shops, perfect for breakfast or a light lunch, as well as pubs serving up the heartiest of local fare, and contemporary restaurants with an international flavour.

If it’s just a drink you’re after, a pint of Jennings ale will always go down well – and it’s brewed in the heart of the town. It doesn’t get more local than that…

The Cottage in the Wood

The Cottage in the Wood

Keswick (7 miles, 11 km)

Michelin Star, cosy gourmet getaway nestled in Whinlatter Forest, serving delicious food using the finest ingredients from Cumbria and further afield.

The Dining Room

The Dining-Room

Keswick (9 miles, 14 km)

We are very proud of the excellent reputation that Lyzzick Hall’s restaurant has acquired over the years. Everything is prepared by our experienced and talented chefs using the finest ingredients and often herbs from our own garden.

Bistro at the Distillery


Cockermouth (5 miles, 8 km)

The Bistro at the Distillery aims to embrace the spirit of the Lake District, which is achieved by using regional ingredients where possible and having a key focus on freshness, flavour and simplicity.

The Lakes Distillery

Distillery Tour

Cockermouth (5 miles, 8 km)

Get a glimpse behind the scenes of a working distillery and discover how the Lakes whisky, gin and vodka are produced.

Castle Inn Tavern

Castle Inn Tavern

Keswick (6 miles, 10 km)

In the Castle Inn Tavern you can be sure of a warm welcome whatever the weather!

Ritson's Restaurant

Ritson Restaurant

Keswick (6 miles, 10 km)

Our restaurant has a warm and modern appeal, for either a romantic meal for two, or a family meal. if you are hosting a special occasion, private dining can also be arranged in one our of our function rooms.

Cocktail Bar

Cocktail Bar

Keswick (5 miles, 9 km)

The Cocktail Bar exudes style and sophistication, a decadent room perfect to enjoy a delicious lunch or your favourite cocktail.

Courtyard Bar and Brasserie

Courtyard Bar and Brasserie

Keswick (5 miles, 9 km)

The Courtyard Bar and Brasserie is the most recent stunning addition to Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa.

Lake View Restaurant

Lake View Restaurant

Keswick (5 miles, 9 km)

Connoisseurs of fine cuisine will find much to appreciate at Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa.

Kiosk & Plaza Bar

Kiosk & Plaza Bar

Workington (8 miles, 12 km)

Plaza cinema with kiosk and bar serving sweets, popcorn, icecream, hot dogs and nachos, plus freshly ground coffee and alcoholic drinks.

Overwater Hotel Restaurant

The Restaurant

Keswick (8 miles, 12 km)

The food really is excellent, as the hotel’s many regular guests, resident and non-resident, will affirm, and this excellence has now been recognised nationally by VisitEngland in 2013.

Kirkstile Inn

Kirkstile Inn

Cockermouth (6 miles, 10 km)

Recently voted CAMRA pub of the year for West Cumbria. Famous 16thC Inn situated amid spectacular scenery near Loweswater and Crummock Water.

Cockermouth and its surrounding villages are gaining a reputation as a foodie’s paradise. The choice of places to eat is wide and varied, with hidden gems tucked away down side streets, as well as in the main shopping areas, as well as rural pubs and inns with beautiful views.

There are warm and welcoming tea shops and coffee shops, where the emphasis is on local ingredients and homemade fare. Some of them have their own bakeries, so the cakes and bread couldn’t be fresher, and also offer bistro nights, often with live entertainment.

Then there are the restaurants, which cater for truly international tastes. Whether you’re looking for modern European cuisine, award-winning vegetarian dishes, or you fancy something from a little further afield, like Thai or Indian, Cockermouth has the lot. And there is some fantastic homegrown food too, with meat reared in the fields around the town, and fish and seafood caught off the West Cumbrian coast.

Don’t miss the pubs either – the majority of which are dog-friendly. From the liveliest of nights out, to a quiet pint, Cockermouth has a great range, many of them serving food too. Their menus range from bar snacks or proper hearty pub grub, to something more contemporary. The one thing they all have in common is a great range of beers, many of them brewed locally in Cumbria.

The local hotels also serve some great food, in settings ranging from formal restaurants to cosy bars, perfect for every occasion.

If you’d rather eat at home, there’s a good range of takeaways, or head to the town’s brilliant butchers, fishmonger, grocers or delis to find the perfect ingredients.

And, for the perfect foodie treat, head to Cockermouth in the last weekend of September for the annual Taste Cumbria food festival. It attracted an estimated 40,000 people in 2015, all eager to eat, drink and graze their way around the stalls, eat at Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan’s pop-up restaurant, and learn from some culinary masters.


Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, so you’ll see his face around town, not least at the National Trust-owned Wordsworth House and Garden. If you like history, seek out the mini museum in Banks Hardware store in Market Place or take the Civic Trust’s town trail. For more recent history, look for the flood markers on the town centre businesses which show how high the waters reached when the Rivers Cocker and Derwent burst their banks in 2009.

Tours are also on offer at Jennings Brewery, and they finish with samples of their ales. Or head out of town to the Lakes Distillery, a short drive away, and find out how whisky is being made here for the first time in hundreds of years.

Cockermouth Castle is owned by Lord and Lady Egremont and is usually closed to visitors, but this historic building is open on a handful of days around the time of Georgian Fair and the Midsummer Festival. They are two events not to be missed, as is September’s Taste Cumbria Festival which is a foodies’ paradise with celebrity chefs, cookery demonstrations and a wealth of stalls, and Woolfest, which attracts international visitors who love crafts and this most natural of products.

There’s always something going on in Cockermouth. The town’s arts venue is the Kirkgate Centre, with its mix of music, comedy, theatre and exhibitions. Its Monday night cinema shows everything from subtitled arts films to recent blockbusters, while its Film Club has themed seasons. Many of the Main Street pubs have live music at weekends, and you get ad hoc events in some of the cafes, bistros and at Wordsworth House and Garden. There are lots of creative places to browse, and high-end art is on show at Castlegate Gallery, which has a national reputation.

While you’re in the area, explore the coast – there are fabulous beaches, lovely harbours and loads of history, or head inland to the amazing valleys of Buttermere and Ennerdale. Nearby Whinlatter Forest Park has Go Ape aerial assault course and a brilliant adventure playground trail, as well as great mountain biking and walks.


Cockermouth is a proper town, with proper shops – many of them independent and all of them offering great quality and friendly customer service.

We’ve got butchers and bakers (all we’re missing is a candlestick maker!) There are also toys and books, homewares, fine art and gifts, as well as clothes, shoes, hardware, fresh flowers, fish, fruit and vegetables, pet supplies and antiques - the list goes on. There are card shops, furniture stores, national supermarket chains and car retailers, as well as historic hardware shops, interesting curios, pharmacies, banks and some luxury shops with lovely clothes, shoes and lingerie.

The town centre is pretty compact, so no long walks are required, and there are three main shopping areas. Visit treelined Main Street, head to pretty Market Place, or find bustling Station Street – all of which have a great range of shops to visit. Don’t forget to look up as you wander the streets – you’ll spot some quirky architecture too.

There are pop-up vintage, antique and country food and plant markets on Main Street on a weekly basis – look for the signs to tell you they’re open.

When you’ve shopped until you’re ready to drop, it’s easy to stop off at one of the many cafes, pubs or restaurants for some sustenance, before you head out to find some more retail treats.

On the outskirts of town are the supermarkets – find them at the top of Station Street or follow the south bank of the River Derwent to Low Road – as well as home and garden centres and car showrooms.

It’s worth visiting Cockermouth before Christmas too. The shopkeepers light their doorways with candles, the fairy lights are magical, and there’s even late night shopping, with mulled wine to keep away the chill.

Don’t forget to try your luck on Shop 10, the town’s loyalty scheme and prize draw – available in almost all independent shops. Fill your Shop 10 card with stamps and put it in the box at Meglans IT shop at number 10 Station Street and you could win a £10 voucher for a participating retailer.


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