Things To Do

Things to do and see when staying at Lane Rigg

Things to do & Places to go, nearby

With easy access to the centre of Keswick and just a five-minute walk down to the shore of Derwent water, Lane Rigg offers a perfect location in the English Lake District, offering guests an excellent location to visit other areas of the beautiful National Park.

Lane Rigg is ideally located only a few minutes’ walk from all of Keswick's attractions.


Hope Park, Crow Park, Theatre by the Lake, Derwentwater Cruises

5-10-minute walk

A walk by Hope and Crow Park leads to the famous Theatre by the Lake and then Derwent water and its dramatic views come rain or shine. Regular launches offer a scenic and relaxed cruise around Derwent water or rowing and motor boat hire for the more adventurous.

3-5-minute walk

In the opposite direction, hop over the main road or head under the subway and Keswick Town Square is only a 3-minute walk away. Keswick's variety of shops are no mean feat for even the seasoned shopper whether you’re looking for walking gear, jewellery, sweets or even an opportune Christmas present!

5-10-minute walk 

Keswick’s bus station is only a five-minute walk away and offers ingress to guests travelling from further-a-field, perhaps via the West Coast Main Line Train link from Penrith.

With an extensive timetable and a little planning many places are accessible by bus.

Things to do & Places to go, slightly further away

Ashness Bridge/ Watendlath


Famous as one of the most photographed bridges in The Lakes, Ashness Bridge is a traditional stone-built bridge on the single-track road from the Borrowdale road to Watendlath.  It is at grid reference NY270196, and is famous for being a fine viewpoint across Borrowdale towards Skiddaw.

Grange, Rosthwaite and Seatoller (It gets wet there!)

There are lovely walks around Derwent water and beyond to Grange, Rosthwaite and Seatoller and beyond toward Honister, Buttermere and Crummock Water.

Honister Pass and Slate Mine

A working slate mine and popular tourist attraction in the Lake District National Park, with the Via Ferrata for the more adventurous!

Supermarkets and Shops

The nearest supermarkets are Booths and the Co-Op in Keswick, around 5-10-minute walk from Lane Rigg.

Opening times are

  • Booths – Monday to Saturday 08:00 to 21:00 and Sunday 09:30 to 16:00hrs
  • Co-Op - Monday to Saturday 08:00 to 20:00 and Sunday 10:00 to 16:00hrs

There is also a Sainsbury supermarket in Cockermouth (8 miles) and several others, further afield at Penrith and Workington.


There are numerous specialist and high street shops in Keswick, so again we haven’t listed them.  Well worth a shopping exploration!

Eateries, Restaurants, Pubs and Shops

There are numerous pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops to suit all tastes, so we have not listed them.

We have some guides on the bureau in the front hall, so please help yourself or simply explore.

The main shopping areas are only a 5-minute walk from Lane Rigg

Things to do on a rainy day! 

Keswick Tourist Information Centre


The Keswick Tourist Information Centre is in the Moot Hall, in Keswick's pedestrianised Market Square.

Opening times are:
Summer: 9.30am - 5.30pm daily
Winter: 9.30pm - 4.30pm daily

TIC services include:

Information about local attractions and what's on

  • Route finding advice for road, rail or bus
  • Advice on walking and cycling
  • Maps, books, touring and walking guides for sale
  • A range of gifts and souvenirs
  • Booking agency for Keswick's Theatre by the Lake
  • TIC Moot Hall, Market Square, Keswick, CA12 5JR
    Tel:  017687 72645

Keswick Museum


10 Minute Walk

Keswick Museum is a museum in Keswick opened in 2014 after extensive refurbishment of its purpose-built 1898 building. Its varied collections feature Keswick’s landscape, history and culture. The Mountain Heritage Trust maintains a changing exhibition in the museum, which in 2014 focused on the effect of World War I on the climbing community.

Alhambra Cinema, Keswick


10 Minute Walk

Advance Booking and General Enquiries: 017687 72195

Email [email protected]

BOOK ON LINE AT or call the above number. The cinema is manned between 18:00 & 22:00 every evening and at other times, leave your number and we will return your call.

Alhambra Cinema, St John's Street, KESWICK. Cumbria. CA12 5AG.

Situated on St Johns Street, the Alhambra cinema offers first class cinema entertainment in traditional surroundings.

Open seven days a week, the cinema prides itself on its tasteful decor, comfortable environment and impeccable customer service.

The Keswick Pencil Museum


10 Minute Walk

The Derwent Pencil Museum is in Keswick, Cumbria, in the north-west of England.

The museum is home to the biggest colouring pencil in the world, the idea of technical manager Barbara Murray. The yellow pencil was completed on 28 May 2001, is 7.91 metres (26 ft) long, and weighs 446.36 kilograms (984.1 lb)

The first pencil factory in Keswick opened in 1832. The second and current factory was started in the 1920s and completed in 1950 (it closed in 2007 when the owners moved production to Workington). The museum opened in 1981, and now receives over 80,000 visitors a year from all around the world.

The Theatre by the Lake


5 Minute Walk

“A comfortable, modern auditorium with a modern twist on the traditional proscenium arch. Sightlines are perfect from almost every one of the 389 seats on three levels. Actors and audiences alike enjoy the theatre’s intimacy and excellent acoustics. It is easily accessible for customers with disabilities with options of sitting in the stalls, circle or boxes”.

“The Main House is home to Theatre by the Lake’s own productions of established plays and new commissions showing plays ranging from Shakespeare to Ayckbourn. Touring companies also fill the stage with performances of dance, drama, music, opera, comedy. It is also the primary venue for four annual festivals”.

Keswick Market


Thursday and Saturday from mid-February until Christmas each year. Both Thursday and Saturday Markets are open for business each Market day from 10.00am to 4.30pm (3.30pm during the winter).

A variety of stalls offer a vibrant and colourful traditional market experience.

A special Victorian Christmas Market is also held, see Keswick Tourism Association web site for date/details.