Out & About


The charming and historic town of Keswick, nestling as it does amongst some of the finest fells in the Lake District national park, offers a wide range of independent shops, tea rooms, museums, cafes, bars and probably the most enviable selection of outdoor retail outlets in the country.  There is an excellent bus service into Borrowdale and the Keswick Launch Company runs a regular service from the boat landings which takes you on a 50 minute tour of Derwentwater.  You can hop on and off at any of the stops to explore the lakeshore and woodland paths.  The launch is also an excellent way to get to the foot of Catbells.


As well as the many restaurants, cafes and bars, Keswick has its very own cinema and is also the home of the stunningly located "Theatre by the Lake", which offers year-round professional productions.  Brierholme is a member of the Theatre's Ambassador Scheme and discount vouchers are available to guests. Just ask for details when booking.

The Great Outdoors

Keswick and the Northern fells are a magnet for fell walkers, scramblers and climbers.  From flat strolls along the shores of Derwentwater to gruelling hikes over some of the toughest and highest fells in England, the area has walks for everyone.  Keswick Tourism Association has produced a number of walking routes available to download.   Choose from short, scenic picnic strolls to full days through spectacular landscapes. 

There is a wide range of other outdoor activities to be enjoyed in and around Keswick, from mountain biking, fishing, paragliding, rock climbing to kayaking, dinghy sailing and windsurfing. 

For wildlife lovers, there are special hides and viewpoints where you can see otters, ospreys, red squirrels and roe deer.

A collection of maps, guidebooks and tourist information is available at Brierholme to help you plan your day's activities.  A Lake District mountain weather forecast is also posted every morning in the breakfast room.  

Keswick Events and Festivals

28th February - 3rd March 2019 Keswick Film Festival
8th - 17th March 2019 Words by the Water
24th March 2019 Buttermere 10 Trail Run
5th May 2019 Keswick Half Marathon
9th - 12th May 2019 Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival
16th - 19th May 2019 Keswick Mountain Festival
7th - 8th June 2019 Keswick Beer Festival
16th June 2019 The Lakesman Triathlon
28th - 30th June 2019 Keswick Mid-summer Festival
6th - 7th July 2019 Derwentwater Regatta
TBC Borrowdale Trail Run
13th July - 2rd August 2019 Keswick Christian Convention
26th August 2019 Keswick Agricultural Show
7th September 2019 Derwentwater Lakeland Trail
8th September 2019 Buttermere Triathlon
3rd November 2019 Derwentwater Ten
22nd November 2019 Keswick Christmas Lights Switch On
1st-24th December 2019 Keswick Live Advent
1st December 2019 Keswick Victorian Fayre


Useful Links

Below are just some of the great activities that you can enjoy within the local area:

Honister Slate Mine
Whinlatter Forest/Altura Bike Trail
Go Ape at Whinlatter
Osprey Watch
Keswick Launch
Pencil Museum
Keswick Mountain Bike hire
Climbing Wall
Nichol End Marina
Keswick Adventure Centre
Theatre By The Lake
Alhambra Cinema Keswick

Our Favourite Places to Eat Out

Many of our guests tell us where they have enjoyed good food.  You will see from the number of pubs, restaurants and cafes in Keswick that you will never starve.  

Casa Bella - Lovely Italian just a few minutes walk from Brierholme. Adam recemmends the Seafood Risotto... Its beautiful!
The Square Orange - Great for a bit of late afternoon Tapas.  Best Nachos in town!! Fab atmosphere too. 
Dog and Gun - The "Hungarian Goulash" is a must try!
Fellpack -  A great place to go for coffee and lunch before heading out on the fells.  Between Wednesdays and Saturdays, they now offer evening dining.  The menu is only small but the food is exceptional.  Our favourite is the “Texan Beef Fellpot” which melts in your mouth!
The Pheasant Inn - (just past Keswick hospital) approximately a 10-minute stroll, but very pleasant through the park.  The food is exceptional and much more than “pub food”.
Bar eS - Rustic interior, comfy sofas and unique back room with board games.  Bar eS offers a range of delicious Mexican and Spanish inspired tapas.  This is another one of our favourites! Don't forget to ask us for a discount voucher if you are planning on going.
The George Hotel -  Serves good beer and traditional pub grub.  Their pies are highly rated – be careful if ordering a “Full Cow Pie” – its enormous!!  

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