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The Lakes Distillery

Place to visit
Take the lead and follow your instinct to discover "one of the top eight distilleries to visit before you die". Their majestic surroundings inspires their artistic ethos to produce a range of fine whiskies, gins and vodka. Visitors enjoy tours of the distillery and tastings of the their award-winning spirits. Informal dining and beverages are available at their on-site Bistro.

Where is The Lakes Distillery located?

The Lakes Distillery, established in 2011, nestles on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick. The Lakes Distillery's Whiskymaker takes his inspiration from the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the distillery has been meticulously built within a 160-year-old farmstead on the banks of the River Derwent. Easily found just off the A591 from Keswick or the A66 from Carlisle.

Details on what activities are available at The Lakes Distillery?

Experience the excitement of a distillery unlike any other, where the Lakes' Whiskymaker's unique approach comes to life. See 'behind the scenes' of the heat, smell and finesse of England's largest award-winning whisky distillery. Take a Distillery Tour and enjoy a guided tasting of the Lakes spirits, or sample an Enhanced Tour with Extra Tastings. Alternatively for whisky connoisseurs, take the Lakes Malt Tour, with a whisky-focussed tour of the working distillery, taking a closer look at the stillroom and maturation processes and learn about the Lakes' elevage and blending philosophies. Informal dining and beverages are available at the on-site Bistro, showcasing locall sourced ingredients and products.

Things to do in the local area?

Located in the North Lake District, the bustling town of Keswick is only 6 miles away to explore. There is also market town of Cockermouth nearby. Hiking and camping is also availble nearby.

Other Information

Private tours, large groups, and bespoke experiences are available on request. Parking is free and coaches are welcome - please call to book in advance.

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The Lakes Distillery

We got a great Groupon deal and checked it out, I'm not into alcohol at all but my other half is and he really enjoyed it. Food in the bistro was fantastic and a good price would definitely return!

The Lakes Distillery

Have just had a very nice visit to the Lakes Distillery. Our original plan was to have a Sunday Lunch but then decided to do a tour before. Amanda our guide was knowledgable and took the time to explain the brief history of the distillery and the making of Whiskey and other spirits. After the tour w...

The Lakes Distillery

In a completely renovated historic model farm, this is a great new venture. On site there is a bistro and shop as well as the distillery itself which is producing whisky (when it is matured enough to be sold as such), gin and vodka. We had a fascinating guided tour which we would recommend.

The Lakes Distillery

Attended the lakes distillery with the family with an 11 year old. Great for all members as the tour guides are very knowledgeable and approachable. Reasonably priced, under 12's free. Beautiful locations and the restoration of the building is amazing. The tasting session at the end is very good. Sq...

The Lakes Distillery

I really can't say how thoroughly pleased I was with the visit. The surroundings of Bassenthwaite, the distillery and each and every one of your staff from the tour to the gift shop to the Bistro were excellent at every stage. I literally loved every minute. The female guide was excellent, very p...

The Lakes Distillery

I just wanted to say thank you for a truly fantastic visit. We came today for the tour and afternoon tea and it was all amazing! Your distillery is so inspirational, your staff passionate about what they do, your ethics outstanding, your whisky, gin and vodka amazing and your afternoon tea to die fo...

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Guided tours

Gift shop

Free car parking (on site)




Disabled Access

Guided Tours

Parking Available





017687 88850
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Bassenthwaite Lake, Setmurthy, Cumbria, SetmurthyCA13 9SJ, United Kingdom

Turn off A66 by Bassenthwaite Lake on to B5291. Continue on this road for 1 mile. At Ouse Bridge carry straight on (do not cross bridge). Distillery is off to the right after 400m. Parking: free Accessible by Public Transport. Buses: Stagecoach, Penrith to Workington route on the X4

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