Distillery Tour & Tasting

Go behind the scenes at our state-of-the-art distillery where our Whiskymaker's unique approach comes to life. 


Available daily at selected times

Experience Duration:
1 Hour

Ticket prices:
Adults (18+) £20pp
Youths (10-17): £5pp

Home of the 'World's Best Single Malt Whisky' 2022

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of our working distillery, following the spirit’s journey to discover how every flavour possibility is achieved.

The experience What's included Essential information Plan your visit

The experience

Go behind the scenes at our state-of-the-art distillery where our Whiskymaker's unique approach comes to life. Accompanied by an expert tour guide, you will explore our Still Room, learn about the impact of oak and cask seasoning on flavour creation, and discover how we make The Lakes whisky, gin, and vodka.

Guests over the age of 18 are invited to enjoy a hosted tasting of three of our spirits, with the opportunity to visit our distillery shop and a complimentary voucher to save up to £10 in-store.

What's included

Explore Visit our Still Room & learn about the impact of oak and cask seasoning on flavour creation.
Taste Enjoy a guided tasting of three Lakes spirits, including; Lakes Whisky, The Lakes Gin, and The Lakes Vodka.
Discover Tickets include a complimentary voucher to save up to £10 in-store. Extend your stay by joining us for lunch or afternoon tea. Book a table in the Bistro.

Essential information

  • We highly recommend booking tours and tables at minimum 24hrs in advance.
  • Walk-in visits are welcome, subject to availability.
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your tour with your order confirmation.
  • Young people aged 10 to 17 are permitted the 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.
  • If you have babies and children under 10, they are welcome in the Bistro and to visit the Alpacaly Ever After herd who live on the distillery site. There is a Meet & Greet experience at 2.30 Fri-Mon (please check the Alpacaly website for details).
  • The site is wheelchair friendly, please contact us to discuss your mobility requirements.
  • Dogs on leads are allowed in the courtyard, garden and shop. Guide dogs are permitted on tours.


How to find us

The Lakes Distillery, Setmurthy, Bassenthwaite 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. 


"A whisky lover's paradise. Absolutely brilliant distillery tour and can highly recommend paying a bit more for one of the tasting options."

Best attraction in the North Lakes, if not all of the Lakes. Excellent tour of the distillery, superbly presented. The best day out of our holiday, will definitely visit again.

"A must visit. Lovely small distillery that is fighting its way into a challenging market and producing great whisky from the Lake District."

Lawrence W

Tripadvisor, Feb 2023

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