With panoramic views over the Eden valley, the 13th century castle has a maze of passages and spiral stairways to explore. The grounds also make it an ideal picnic spot.
Visit the English Heritage website
While here visit the almost next door Brocavum Roman fort.
What makes it special
- Explore the maze of passages and staircases
- Enjoy a picnic in the grounds by the River Eamont
- Visit the nearby Brocavum Roman fort
Summer - daily 10:00 to 18:00
October to 3rd November - daily 10:00 to 16:00
November to March - weekends 10:00 to 16:00
Member - free
Adult - £5.70 (with Gift Aid £6.30)
Child (5-17 years) - £3.40 (with Gift Aid £3.80)
Concession tool-tip - £5.10 (with Gift Aid £5.70)
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) - £14.80 (with Gift Aid £16.40)
Other things to do nearby
Here at Ambleside Climbing Wall there's an indoor climbing wall, bouldering room, and cafe. There's also a room dedicated to climbing gear, which can be hired.
Take in the scenic views and gardens down to the shores of Windermere. See the house first created by William Gaddum, a silk merchant from Manchester, as his family's 'summer house'. Brows
Visit the barely-changed home of famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. You'll find plenty to inspire you in the museum too.
A range of information on local walks is available from the hostel - just ask at reception and our friendly staff will be able to recommend a great walk for you.
With Claife Heights right opposite, the hostel is a perfect base for exploring the area by mountain bike.
The Lake District was made for wild swimming and with this hostel right on the edge of England's largest lake, Windermere, it would be rude not to.
One of the most beautifully located theatres in England, hosting film and literary festivals throughout the year.
Cruise the lake stopping at the lakeshore jetties where you can change boats, or enjoy the 50 minute trip around Derwentwater.
Spectacular view of the ospreys flying to and from their nest and, most amazing of all, catching fish from Bassenthwaite Lake.
An 18 hole golf course offering a unique golfing experience - with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Lakeland Fells.
Stuffed with puzzles, gadgets and curiosities The Puzzling Place is guaranteed to have something to amuse, entertain or puzzle you.
With its large collection of exhibits, the museum is a fascinating place to discover old Keswick and the Lake District. See the museum website.
Acorn Bank Garden is a National Trust garden, best known for its collection of herbs. Wander along the beck to the partially restored watermill. Visit the National Trust website
Indulge in impressive mountain scenery and a 65ft waterfall that inspired many of Wordsworth's great works. See the National Trust website See the Visit Cumbria website
The highest waterfall in the area, the gill falls a spectacular 50ft into a pool in the wooded valley below.
Climb and scramble to your hearts content and enjoy the spectacular views from this beautiful part of the country.