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Keswick Attractions

As well as celebrating the history and architecture of this lovely town, there is plenty more for visitors to see and do. Derwent Water is popular with families in the summer, or take a boat trip. Walkers and hikers will be in their element and salmon fishing is notoriously good. Childre may want to slip over to Trotters World of Animals which lies in the north of the Lake District, nestled in the shadow of Skiddaw.Mirehouse which was built in 1666 by the 8th Earl of Derby for his visits to his Cumbrian estates. In 1688 he sold it to his agent Roger Gregg. This an many more attractions are available to you when you visit Keswick.

Trotters World of Animals

Trotters World of Animals

Trotters World of Animals lies in the north of the Lake District, nestled in the shadow of Skiddaw. The only Wildlife Park in the north of the county, it is a fabulous day out for all the family. From Anaconda to Zebra, Trotters has over 100 species of animals including many that are endangered such as gibbons and vultures. There are daily keeper-led presentations and demonstrations including free flying Birds of Prey and, for those who dare, Reptile Encounters! With emphasis on education, conservation and fun you will not want to miss a thing. The children will love our indoor soft-play area and clambering in the playground. Why not treat yourself to a delicious homemade lunch or slice of cake in our café then browse the gorgeous range of toys and gifts in the shop?

Hotels near Trotters World of Animals
Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa4 starfrom £200.00
Best Western Plus Castle Inn4 starfrom £68.80
Bassenfell Manor Apartment from £80.00
Ouse Bridge House4 starfrom £82.50
Lakeside Country Guest House4 starfrom £85.00


The present house was built in 1666 by the 8th Earl of Derby for his visits to his Cumbrian estates. In 1688 he sold it to his agent Roger Gregg. This is the only time it has been sold. The Greggs and their kinsmen the Storys owned it until Thomas Story left it to John Spedding of Armathwaite Hall in 1802. It was at first a smaller house, which has been enlarged over time, always with more emphasis on convenience than grandeur. The matching bays were added in 1790. In 1832 the south side of the house was demolished, and new, higher rooms were built under the direction of the London architect Joseph Cantwell. The large west rooms were added in 1851 and a servant's wing and chapel in the 1880s. The half-timbered chapel was riddled with dry rot in the 1960s and had to be demolished.

Hotels near Mirehouse
Ravenstone Manor4 starfrom £60.00
Ravenstone Lodge Country House Hotel3 starfrom £70.00
Highside Farm BandB4 starfrom £70.00
Lyzzick Hall Hotel3 starfrom £140.60
Thwaite Howe4 starfrom £84.00
Keswick Museum & Art Gallery

Keswick Museum & Art Gallery

A Victorian experience not to be missed. Keswick's surprising past, from industrial mining centre to peaceful tourist town, is revealed in this fine example of a late Victorian Museum. Set in the beautiful Fitz Park, the collections cover local and natural history, famous inhabitants and visitors, including the Lake Poets, and houses the work of many artists who have been captivated by the local landscape and history. See the stunning collection of minerals and crystals Marvel at Flintoft's amazing 4m Scale Model of the Lake District. Decipher original letters by Southey, Wordsworth and Walpole, and learn their secrets Discover the hiding place of the famous 500 year old cat Wonder at the Musical Stones, played by Royal Command Special events and exhibitions throughout the season. For more information please visit the museum's website.All Galleries are wheelchair accessible, stepped and ramped entrances.

Hotels near Keswick Museum and Art Gallery
Keswick Country House Hotel3 starfrom £121.00
YHA Keswick4 starfrom £10.00
Fitz Guest House3 starfrom £75.00
Beckside Guest House Keswick4 starfrom £72.00
The Paddock Guest House4 starfrom £75.00

Other Attraction near Keswick

  • Isel Hall - The Elizabethan Range and fortified Pele Tower of Isel Hall dominates the landscape in its magical setting above River Derwent.
  • Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens - Behind the impressive pink ashlar façade lies the real surprise of Dalemain - its sheer variety. The history of the house stretches from Saxon times to early Georgian and has been in the same family since 1679
  • Rydal Mount and Gardens - Rydal Mount, in the heart of the Lake District, retains a lived-in, family atmosphere and has seen little change since Wordsworth and his family came to live there in 1813.