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

29th - 3rd March 2024 Keswick Film Festival
9th March 2024 Derwent Head
Date TBC Buttermere 10 Trail Run
22nd September 2024 Keswick Half Marathon
27th - 29th September 2024 13 Valleys Ultra
17th - 19th May 2024 Keswick Mountain Festival
7th - 8th June 2024 Keswick Beer Festival
16th June 2024 The Lakesman Triathlon
24th June 2024 Pop & Proms in the Park
25th June 2024 Scruffs Dog Show
22nd June 2024 10-in-10 Walking Challenge 
13th July - 2nd August 2024 Keswick Christian Convention
26th August 2024 Keswick Agricultural Show
7th September 2024 Derwentwater Lakeland Trail
3rd November 2024 Derwentwater Ten
15th November 2024 Keswick Christmas Lights Switch On
Date TBC 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.  

  • Our nearest pub is The Crafty Baa (just next to the DIY shop). They are the newest edition to Keswick and have some great local craft beers and ciders. You can often find us sat in the window having a post-check-in pint! Bookings are not taken.
  • Casa Bella - Located on Station Street (bear left at the top of the Market Square). Lovely Italian just a few minutes walk from Brierholme. Adam recommends the Seafood Risotto.  Freshly cooked pasta and pizzas, plus steak and chicken dishes. Friendly, efficient service. This is one of our favourite places to go! Booking is recommended. Tel: 017687 75575
  • The Square Orange - Located on St John's Street. Small bar with a Mediterranean feel about it, serving great tapas and thin, crispy pizzas. Great place to enjoy a relaxing bottle of wine, beer or coffee. The nachos are really good too! Booking recommended.
  • Dog and Gun - Located on Lake Road (just off the Market Square) – very warm and cosy but busy. Their Hungarian Goulash and Lamb Shanks are highly recommended but think very carefully before ordering the large portion of goulash! Bookings are not normally taken.
  • Fellpack -  Located on Lake Road. A great place to go for dinner and drinks. The menu is only small but the food is exceptional. Our favourite is the "Fellpack Chilli" which melts in your mouth! Booking recommended.
  • Derwent Walker - Located on Lake Road (where old Fellpack was).  Lovely relaxing atmosphere.  The staff are really friendly  The dinner menu consists of small plates and platters. A great place to go if you like sharing food,  They do amazing cocktails too! Booking is recommended.
  • The Pheasant Inn - Located on Crosthwaite Road (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". Booking is recommended. Tel: 017687 72219.
  • Bar eS - Located on New Street.  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 Kingfisher (Fish & Chip shop) - Located on Main Street is highly recommended - take away or eat in the upstairs restaurant.
  • Lake Road Brunch - Located on Lake Road.  A new venture in Keswick from the team that bring you Bar eS. Serving brunch and cocktails daily. Booking is recommended.
  • The Round - Located on Market Square. From the team that bring you Fellpack.  Great cocktail and burger bar with a really relaxed atmosphere. The burger combinations are delicious and we especially love the fries loaded with chilli. Bookings are only taken upstairs. Downstairs is walk-ins only.
  • The Sultan of Keswick - Located on St John's Street.  Great Indian restraint and is our favourite out of the two in Keswick. Booking recommended during high season.
  • Golden Hill Chinese Restaurant - Located on Main Street.  Well established and very popular. Both the restaurant and takeaway get really busy in peak times. They do not accept bookings so we usually turn up early.

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