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Real whisky made by real people in a real setting.
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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 Tour
Adult: £12.50 Teen: £5 Child: Free 

Enhanced Tour with Additional Tastings
Adult: £25.00

The Lakes Malt Tour
Adult: £45

Meet the Alpacas
Adult: £12.00  Teen: £6  Child: Free Under 5's 

For any groups of 12 or more people, call 017687 88850

Book a tour


Distillery Tours & Shop
Sun - Wed 10am - 6pm (last tour 5pm)
Thu - Sat 10am - 7pm (last tour 6pm)

Bistro at the Distillery 
10am - 11pm

Book a table 


Call 017687 88850

Then select one of the following options;

1 - Tours & distillery information 
2 - Bistro & book a table
3 - Accounts
4 - Events & PR
5 - Website orders
6 - Founders' Club

To hear all options again, please choose option 9.



Important information

  •    Arrive 10-15 minutes before your tour
  •    Present your ticket, online voucher or booking reference on arrival
  •    The £5 voucher is redeemable against any 70cl bottle in the retail shop only
  •    Tastings and £5 vouchers are available for adults only
  •    Young children must be supervised at all times
  •    Children's fruit juice tastings & quizzes available
  •    However, children under 6 are not allowed for health & safety reasons
  •    We recommend booking in advance at least the day before
  •    If you are booking at very short notice, please call 017687 88850 (option 1) for up to date availability
  •    Walk ins are welcome subject to availability
  •    Wheelchair users are welcome (see below) - contact us further to discuss requirements
  •    Dogs are allowed in the courtyard, garden & shop. 
  •    Guide dogs are welcome on the tour.
  •    Additional tours may be put on to cater for visitor peaks (subject to demand)
  •    Distillery Tours are limited to 15 people per tour
  •    Bespoke tours & evening tours available on request
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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.

Please note there are roadworks surrounding the distillery. We advise you leave additional time to arrive at the distillery in good time for your tour. Call 017687 88850 (option 1) if you think you might be delayed. 

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. The nearest local train station is Aspartia, operated by Northern Railway. The nearest mainline train station is Penrith on the west coast mainline. Taxis can be booked through our tour team; we have good relationships with a number of local taxis. Generally taxis to and from Keswick or Cockermouth cost approximately £10.

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.

Where to Stay
The Trout Hotel, Cockermouth

The Trout Hotel, Cockermouth

Our sister business, the 49-bedroom Trout Hotel has been recently refurbished and offers outstanding informal glamour just 6 miles down the road.

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