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The Lakes Distillery


Lakes Distillery is the story of a dream come true (not that it was an easy task!). Our vision is to create one of the leading malt spirits in the world, alongside offering one of the most unique visitor experiences in the Lake District. From a Victorian cattle farm to a world-class production facility of quality spirits, the creation of this unique venue was truly a labour of love.

Every detail has been carefully constructed to support the dream - from the restoration of the buildings through to the technology and hardware used to create the spirits themselves. 

The Lakes Distillery is a driving force behind a revolution of 'new world' whisky distilleries. As an English distillery based in the heart of the Lake District, our contemporary family of brands have to speak for themselves.

Take a Tour

Experience the excitement of a working distillery - see 'behind the scenes' of the heat, the smell and the buzz of England's largest award-winning whisky distillery. Take a sensory tour backstage and walk amongst the sleeping spirit in our atmospheric cask warehouse. The Lakes Distillery offers a family friendly atmosphere - stop off in the cafe and say hello to our family of resident alpacas! Find out more information about the Tours here.

Bistro at the Distillery

Dine with us from tea and cake, and everything in between.

The Bistro at the Distillery is comfortable and stylish, offering both an informal and modern dining experience to its customers. One of our main goals is to embrace the spirit of the Lake District. We achieve this by using regional ingredients where possible and having a key focus on freshness, flavour and simplicity. 

The Bistro is a place for a simple coffee and a slice of home-made cake, or go all out with lunch, a full afternoon tea or leisurely three-course supper. You can even dine al-fresco in our beautiful courtyard, or take advantage of our spacious and impressive Boardroom, ideal for functions or private events.

Visit the Bistro at the Distillery's website for latest menus and events.


Opening Times

Distillery Tours (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Bistro at the Distillery (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Last tour at 5pm. Last sitting in the Bistro at 8.30pm.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change



Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult only tickets Lakes Malt Tour£45.00 per ticket type
Adult only tickets The Tasting Tour£22.50 per ticket type
Adult tickets Distillery Tour£12.50 per ticket type
Adult tickets Meet The Alpacas£9.00 per ticket type
Child (6-12yrs) tickets Distillery TourFree
Child (6-12yrs) tickets Meet The AlpacasFree
Teen (13-17yrs) tickets Distillery Tour£5.00 per ticket type
Teen (13-17yrs) tickets Meet The Alpacas£9.00 per person per day

Contact us for group bookings on The Tasting Tour.

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  • Visit EnglandVAQAS VAQAS 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
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