Local Places to Visit

Larch Cottage Nurseries

Described in The Daily Telegraph as ‘The Lake District’s best kept horticultural Secret’ and as ‘An exciting destination for any gardener’ by Roy Lancaster writing in The Garden. As an RHS partner Larch Cottage run a series of talks throughout the year as well as a number of gardening workshops.

Long Meg & Her Daughters Stone Circle

One of the finest stone circles in the north of England, the circle has a diameter of about 350 feet, the second biggest in the country. Long Meg is the tallest of the 69 stones, about 12 feet high, with three mysterious symbols, its four corners facing the points of the compass and standing some 60 feet outside the circle.
Long Meg & Her Daughters Stone Circle

Lowther Castle and Gardens

Wander in stunning woodlands, with an occasional view of red squirrels and a wonderful array of birds. Admire the stunning views of the Western Lakeland Fells as you stroll along the escarpment path or marvel at the scale of the some of the gardens stunning features including the Pate D'Oie, Jack Croft's Pond or partially uncovered Japanese Garden.

Hutton in the Forest

Today Hutton-in-the-Forest reflects centuries of history and change. A house of six periods between the mid 14th and the mid 19th centuries, Hutton is a rich illustration of the development of the country house in the North of England. Hutton is surrounded by beautiful gardens and grounds. It is known that there were elaborate gardens around the house from the late 17th century.


Visitors can discover & enjoy 4 centuries of history, 5 acres of celebrated gardens, historic parkland & home-made food served in the Mediaeval Hall Tearoom. Home to the World's Original Marmalade Awards & Festival held at Dalemain annually in March.

Visitor Attractions

Pencil Museum

Be amazed at the world’s longest colour pencil, marvel at the James Bond style World War II pencil, follow the history of pencil making in words, pictures and lovingly restored machinery, find out exactly how we get a lead into a pencil today and let the kids free to colour & draw in the Kids Art Studio.

Honister Slate Mine

A unique award winning experience, England's last remaining working slate mine and England's very first Via Ferrata. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can see the mines at first hand by taking a underground tour.


Rheged is a Cumbria - the Lake District visitor attraction located just 15 minutes from Tebay Services. An international award winning day out, Rheged is Europe's largest grass covered building, designed to resemble a Lakeland hill. Rheged can now bring you the biggest and best large format films in amazing 3D.

Upfront Gallery

Upfront Gallery and vegetarian restaurant are located near Penrith, Cumbria in a rural setting in beautifully converted 17th century farm buildings. The gallery is the home of Upfront Puppet Theatre and the workshops of artist, John Parkinson

Ullswater Steamers

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning environmental accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating lake cruises. Ullswater Steamers create the perfect opportunity to combine a lake cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District.


Penrith Golf Centre and Range

Penrith Golf Centre & Driving Range is just the place to come for ALL of your golfing needs. The challenging 9 hole (par 30) golf course will test each area of your game & is especially accommodating for those just starting to learn golf, or those with only a couple of hours to spend playing a round.

Bike Hire

Keswick Bikes have a variety of Cycle Hire options. All are current model bikes not more than a few months old. Helmet & Toolkit including lock and spare tube are provided. We are always delighted to help with route advice at any of our locations, just ask!

Climbing Wall

The brand new climbing wall has over 40 top rope climbs with a height of up to 8 metres, providing climbers of all abilities with every challenge they could want. There is a large bouldering area and new for this year is a huge 45 degree Woody sponsored by Needle Sports.

Rookin House

Rookin House is an established adventure venue and has been offering a wide variety of outdoor activities for over 20 years. We are the only activity centre in the lake district national park who offer such a wide variety of activities from horse riding to quad biking to the zip wire and the Madtrax All Terrain Vehicles.

Go Ape

Take one lush, green forest and a healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery; blend with a smattering of tree-top high wires, tricky crossings (using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire) and wind-in-your-face zip wires; finished off with a liberal dose of people in search of their inner Tarzan.