Accessible Trips To Keswick
Keswick is a fantastic place to visit for people of all ages and abilities, and there are plenty of accessible shops, attractions, and places to stay. We’ve put together a guide to all of the accessible accommodation, visitor attractions, cafés and restaurants, to help you enjoy your visit to Keswick to the fullest.
There are a variety of options for accessible accommodation in Keswick, many of which have ground floor bedrooms available. We would recommend checking with each property prior to booking, to make sure that the accommodation is suitable for your needs.
Portland House, which is close to Keswick town centre, offers spacious en-suite accommodation. Room 1 on the ground floor is accessible for wheelchairs, and can be arranged as either a twin bed or as a super-king, and also has a large walk-in shower room.
Sam’s Cottage is a fully accessible, newly constructed property in Keswick’s town centre, purpose-built for guests with disabilities to enjoy their independence during their visit. There is ramped access to the front door, with wheelchair-friendly access throughout, accessible worktops in the kitchen, a fully accessible wet room, and two bedrooms.
Fern Howe Guest House is situated within the picturesque village of Braithwaite, 2.5 miles from Keswick. Fern Howe offers a range of rooms including double, twin, single and family rooms. There is also a single courtyard view room, situated on the ground floor , with disabled access and an accessible wet room.
Many of Keswick’s most beloved attractions are wheelchair accessible. Theatre By The Lake is fully accessible with a lift to all floors, wheelchair-accessible toilets on each floor, and drop counters at the Box Office, bar, and café. Both auditoria also have enhanced-hearing and induction loop systems. For more information about accessibility at the theatre, visit their website.
Whinlatter Forest is England’s only mountain forest, and has a fantastic Visitor’s Centre for visitors to enjoy. There is level access to the Visitor’s Centre, shop and wildlife area, visitor information area, Siskins Café, the Forest Shop, the childrens’ WildPlay trail, and the Tramper hire and trail. Trampers are available at Whinlatter Forest from Lake District Mobility, which you can hire to enjoy an amazing 2.5 miles waymarked trail with spectacular views in the forest. Lake District Mobility also provides all terrain mobility scooters at Whinlatter Forest.
For more information about accessibility at Whinlatter, click here.
Keswick Museum tells the fascinating story of Keswick’s history, and will tell you all you need to know about the stunning landscape and local culture of the area. There’s also a great café and shop for visitors to enjoy, and can be found in Fitz Park. All areas of the museum are fully accessible, with assistance dogs also welcome.
For a wild day out, visit the Lake District Wildlife Park. The wildlife park is just a short drive from Keswick, and gives you the opportunity to get close to some fantastic wildlife species, including zebras, meerkats, lemurs, red pandas, lynx, anacondas, and much more! There are keeper talks throughout the day, as well as birds of prey flying displays, reptile encounters, an indoor and outdoor play area, picnic sites, and a café. The park is wheelchair accessible, with disabled toilets, and staff who are happy to help you navigate the park.
One of Keswick’s best attractions is the fantastic Alhambra Cinema, and is one of the only cinemas in the country to have been in operation for over a century. Showing the latest film releases, as well as live satellite-streamed theatre, opera and ballet, the Alhambra cinema is the perfect place to visit on a rainy day. The cinema is wheelchair and mobility-scooter accessible, with a disabled toilet, and an audio loop system.
Mirehouse Historic House & Gardens just outside Keswick is beautiful family run historic house with gardens. The part of the house open to visitors is fully accessible to wheelchair users. A wheelchair is available in the house, for indoor use only. Most paths are gravelled in the grounds.Disabled people are welcome to take cars down the drive to the house.
Where to Eat and Shop
When it comes to places to eat, there’s a variety of options for accessible cafés and restaurants in and around Keswick. From Asian cuisine at the Mizu Pan restaurant, situated in the Lodore Falls Hotel, to the Skiddaw Hotel Bar & Conservatory, the Brossen Steakhouse, to the Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden, you can enjoy a range of cuisines and places to dine. You can view all accessible cafés and restaurants here as indicated by the disabled access logo. There are also a number of accessible shops where you can pick up local produce, including the local Booths supermarket, the Northern Lights Gallery, Keswick market, Treeby and Bolton Shop and Gallery, and The Cheese Deli.
We hope that this guide has given you some ideas for what to do during your visit to Keswick. For more information about accessibility in Keswick, click here.
We hope to see you soon.