The local area is renowned for its cultural and heritage links from the myths and legends of King Arthur at nearby Pendragon Castle to those famous William Wordsworth daffodils at Glencoyne Bay. You can also learn about the sad tale of a Knight of the Round Table and his true love at National Trust Aira Force. Nearby visitor attractions and ‘must do’ include the Himalayan Blue Poppies of Dalemain Historic Mansion & Gardens and climb aboard an Ullswater ‘Steamers’ cruise, the famous boats have plied England’s most beautiful lake Ullswater since 1855. Find out more about our local history and heritage below.
Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award-winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake. Operating one of the largest heritage vessel fleets in the world, offering visitors an experience they will never forget. Cruises connect to some of the most famous and iconic walking routes including the Ullswater Way in the Lake District National Park, with views of Wordsworth's Daffodils on the West shore in Spring. Excellent facilities onboard include open deck and covered upper deck seating areas in addition to covered downstairs saloons, licensed bars and toilets. Excellent facilities also located at the Pier Houses including free Wi-Fi. The ‘Steamers’ operate an all year service with varying timetable connections between Glenridding, Howtown, Pooley Bridge Piers and between Glenridding and National Trust Aira Force Pier. Cruise times vary from 20 – 120 minutes.
Discover a wide variety of indoor and outdoor attraction in the Ullswater Valley, all within easy reach from Rheged with indoor cinema and outdoor play. Alternatively, visit National Trust's Aira Force Waterfall with its exquisite tumbling waterfall, red squirrels trails, outdoor adventure play including the Fairy Circle and various other themed walking trails.
Nearby Dalemain Historic Mansion is one of the most beautiful and impressive stately houses in the North West of England. The finely dressed pink stone of its Georgian façade glows magnificently in the sunlight. Yet hidden behind the ordered geometry of its Palladian architecture is the story of its past. Explore the historic gardens famous for its rose gardens, blue Himalayan poppies and the largest Silver Fir tree in the UK.
The legends of King Arthur remain rooted in the Ullswater and Eden valley history with many local landmarks associated with the lakes myths and legends from Pendragon Castle to the Waterfalls at Aira Force. Lowther Castle is a particular gem, built at the turn of the 19th century, Lowther Castle is now one of the most intriguing visitor attractions in the country. Dramatic ruins, gardens within gardens, an adventure playground to rival the best in the land.
The pretty Lakeland village of Pooley Bridge was once an important fishing trading area with its origins dating back to 16th Century. There is a selection of pubs, traditional inns and tea rooms located here, which is just a ten minutes walk from Waterfoot Park. Looking for a memento of your time in the Ullswater Valley? The Ullswater ‘Steamers' Shop and Information Centre carries comprehensive information about the area as well as a wide range of gifts. On the last Sunday of every month from April to September, Pooley Bridge hosts a traditional farmers market. The market is a great ‘foodie' day out and a chance to meet the producers of local food, drink and crafts. The nearby villages of Askham and Penrith both offer facilities of a very different nature. At the other end of Ullswater, Glenridding has many excellent cafés and hotels – why not enjoy a traditional Cumbrian Cream Tea and fantastic lake views from the terrace of the Inn on the Lake. Alternatively, browse in the Glenridding Hotel's library dedicated to Donald Campbell or try out new TimeforaBrew at the Glenridding Hotel.