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Real whisky made by real people in a real setting.
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Plan your visit
Real whisky made by real people in a real setting.
Book a tour
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Plan your visit

We're looking forward to welcoming you to The Lakes Distillery. Here you'll find all the practical information you need to plan your visit to the distillery, including prices, tour times, and detailed instructions on how to find us. We also welcome enquiries for private functions and group bookings.


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Distillery tours

Tour Prices

The Lakes Single Malt Experience
Adult: £50

Chocolate & Whisky Pairing
Adult: £50

Distillery Tour & Tasting
Adult: £20 Youth (10-17): £5

Meet the Alpacas
Adult: £18  Youth: £9  Child: Free Under 4's 

For any groups of 12 or more, or for more information on bespoke and private experiences call 017687 88850.

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Opening hours

Distillery Tours & Shop
10am - 6pm (Last tour 5pm)

We are open daily except Christmas & Boxing Day.

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Bistro at the Distillery 
10am - 5pm
*Last orders for hot food 4.00pm

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Get in touch

Call one of our friendly team on 017687 88850, or email

We look forward to hearing from you.

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The Essentials

  • We recommend booking tours and tables in advance, at least the day before.
  • Walk-in visits are welcome, subject to availability, but our tours can get very busy and we highly recommend booking in advance.
  • Please, arrive 10-15 minutes before the time of your tour to afford enough time to present your ticket, online voucher, or booking reference to our team.
  • Each adult distillery tour guest will receive a voucher offering up to 20% on purchases made on the day within the distillery shop.
  • Young people between the ages of 10 and 17 are permitted on our Distillery Tour but must always be supervised. Children under the age of 10 (including babies and prams) are not permitted on any tour for health and safety reasons.
  • Under 18s are not permitted on the Single Malt or Whisky & Chocolate Pairing Experiences.
  • If you would like to experience a distillery tour and have children under the age of 10, provided they are accompanied by an adult, they are very welcome in our Bistro and can see the Alpacaly Ever After herd who live on the distillery site. If you plan your visit around 2.30 pm, you can also book an Alpaca meet and greet experience where you can hand-feed the herd.
  • Wheelchair users are welcome (see ‘Parking and Access’ below). Please, contact us to discuss your requirements.
  • Dogs are allowed in the courtyard, garden & shop, and must be always kept on a lead.
  • Only guide dogs are welcome on our distillery tours.
  • If you are booking at very short notice, please call 017687 88850 for up-to-date availability.
  • Additional tours may be put on to cater for visitor peaks (subject to demand).
  • Distillery tours are limited to no more than 16 people per tour.
  • Bespoke tours & evening tours available on request, click here for more information or call 017687 88850.
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How to find us


The Lakes Distillery, Setmurthy, near Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria CA13 9SJ

From the A66: Turn off A66 at the north end of Bassenthwaite Lake onto B5291. At Ouse Bridge junction bear left (don't go over the bridge). Distillery is on the right after a few hundred metres.

From the A591: use the turning directly next to the Castle Inn onto the B5291. Carry on past Armathwaite Hall. Bear right after crossing the Ouse Bridge and the Distillery is on the right after a few hundred metres. 

Google Maps: Type in 'Lakes Distillery, Setmurthy' and it will take you straight to the door. 

Parking & access

FREE car parking for up to 90 cars.

FREE coach parking for up to 5 coaches.

The Lakes Distillery has its own bus stop on the Stagecoach x4 route from Workington to Penrith, stopping every 2 hours. Download the schedule here. The nearest local train station is Aspatria, operated by Northern Railway. The nearest mainline train station is Penrith on the west coast mainline. Due to our rural location, we advise pre-booking taxis to and from the distillery prior to your visit. We have good relationships with local taxi firms, please call us if you need a recommendation.

Wheelchair users are welcome. Unfortunately motorised wheelchairs are not permitted on the tour, due to alcohol vapours in the production area. There is a wheelchair lift between floors. Due to a maximum lift size we cannot accommodate motability scooters. A courtesy manual wheelchair is available on request. Please inform us at the time of booking. Carers are welcome for free, please enquire at the time of booking.