Derwent Island House Open Day

Date(s) - 01/08/2019
10:15 am - 5:00 pm


House & Garden

Derwent Island House Open Day

image of Derwent Island House on Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District

Your adventure begins by canoe, a peaceful paddle across this short stretch of Derwentwater to the intriguing little island. Discover the reality of life on the island past and present, indoors and out. Enjoy the gardens, grounds and amazing views.
Under the expert eyes of our qualified canoe instructors, pick up a paddle and climb aboard a very stable rafted canoe. On reaching the island enjoy a 45 minute guided tour of Pocklington’s Georgian house and then explore the gardens and the rest of the island at your leisure. Booking fee applies.
Prices: adult £14.25, child (8 to 16 years) £4.00, family from £28.50.
Times: first canoes leave the foreshore at 10.15 am and then at 30 minute intervals until 2.30 pm, this final tour returning to the foreshore at 5 pm. Your visit will last approximately 2½ hours.
Location: Derwent Island, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DL.
Meeting point: walk 270 m past the Keswick Lakeside shop (CA12 5DJ) and the launch jetties to our canoes – look out for the National Trust flag.
More info & booking:

Derwent Island is the largest and most northerly of the four islands on Derwentwater. In medieval times it was owned by Fountains Abbey. It came into the King’s hands in 1539 and was sold in 1569 to the German miners of the Company of Mines Royal. After several other owners it passed to Joseph Pocklington in 1778, who built a large house on the island.


Families very welcome. The house tour is suitable for children aged 8 and above. Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Please wear clothing appropriate to the weather forecast as your visit takes place mostly outdoors. We recommend wellies or a change of shoes as you may get wet feet getting in and out of the canoe.

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