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The King's Head Inn

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This valley-view hotel is housed in a former 17th-century coaching inn
  • The King's Head Inn is a short walk from Thirlmere and 10 minutes' drive from Keswick town centre
  • Food ranges from "freshly cooked bar meals to more sophisticated restaurant dishes" (Condé Nast Traveller)

Enjoyed This
"Staff very helpful. Excellent breakfast"
Mar 2, 2019 - Oakham, United Kingdom
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"Lovely valley views" (The AA) spread from The King's Head Inn, which offers traditional accommodation in the north of the Lake District, known for its "landscape of glistening water, dramatic valleys and picturesque stone-built villages" (Rough Guides).

With Helvellyn, England’s third highest peak, towering over it, the King's Head Inn occupies a whitewashed coaching inn, clad with greenery and dating from the 17th century, a short walk from the shores of Thirlmere. Both the market town of Keswick, "a natural base" (Fodor's) for exploring the surrounding area, and Castlerigg Stone Circle, "perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles" (English Heritage) are 10 minutes' drive away. Windermere takes around 30 minutes' to reach by car.

The King's Head Inn's quaint façade opens to a reception area with wood panelling, antique furnishing and a suit of armour. There's a bar serving real ale and malt whiskies, and old beams and an inglenook fireplace give a cosy feel. There is also a poolroom with a big-screen TV for sporting events, and a beer garden with picnic tables with views of the fells.

Decorated with richly patterned fabrics, the hotel's restaurant offers "excellent value food" (Condé Nast Traveller) and "looks out to the glacial valley of St Johns in the Vale" (The AA).

The hotel's 17 rooms are decorated in a country-house style with soft neutral tones and checked fabrics. All rooms have valley views, TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.



  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower


  • Complimentary parking


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3-8pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18. For arrivals outside of the opening hours please contact the hotel directly for further information.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 8-10.30am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib are available in the Superior Room only, free of charge, for children aged 2 and under. This includes breakfast. Extra beds are not available for older children and adults.

Pets: Dogs are allowed on request (maximum 2 dogs per room) and will be charged at

  • £10 per pet, per stay for 1-night stay
  • £15 per pet, per stay for stays from 2 nights and more
There is limited number of pet-friendly rooms, please check availability with the hotel directly prior to booking. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(47 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Lake District inns (t/a Kings Head Inn) over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.1 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Staff very helpful. Excellent breakfast
Eric Mar 02, 2019 Oakham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff were excellent, friendly and the hotel had a very welcoming atmosphere. Food was very good quality, breakfast excellent. Bar meals were good though on the pricey side. Great location and bus stops right outside for easy access north towards Keswick and south towards Grasmere and Ambleside; perfect for Helvellyn!
Other Comments
We thought the room was very small and limited for storage.
Stephen Mar 02, 2019 Saint Helens, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Room number 2 was lovely,good view at front.Food was excellent.Staff friendly and helpful.
Other Comments
Good location.Bus stop outside runs every hour both to Keswick........Windermere
ROBERT Mar 02, 2019 Chorley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Olde world charm of downstairs tasteful modernisation of upstairs good quality goods for breakfast in with the very reasonable price we paid
Other Comments
It is situated on main road but didnt disturb us.
Dennis Mar 01, 2019 Houghton le Spring, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very traditional cosy Inn, Evening meal and Breakfast excellent
Other Comments
Booked a Superior Room, but only received a Standard Double together with a Twin Room
Carole Feb 26, 2019 Chorley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location and the food
Other Comments
The staff were very friendly and helpful
Adam Feb 24, 2019 Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The friendliness of the staff and the contemporary bedrooms.
Other Comments
Excellent hotel. A lovely atmosphere downstairs with open fire. Our room was modern, bright and spacious. Brought our dog and plenty of space for his crate too.
Helen Feb 23, 2019 Saint Helenslens, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were so welcoming and friendly and helpful. The log fire was great. Very comfortable bed
Other Comments
Our only complaint was breakfasts weren’t as hot as we like them
Christine Feb 21, 2019 Blackpool, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
relaxed atmosphere
ROBERT Feb 17, 2019 Leek, United Kingdom
Other Comments
There was no glass of wine on arrival. The food was good and staff very helpful. I overheard that the hotel was getting a renovation so guessing this was reflected in the price,as bedroom was dated but clean.(definitely not a superior room as was stated)I would prefer for hotels not to use bedspreads as I’m sure they are not freshly laundered for every new guest. Overall a pleasant stay for the price.
Tracy Feb 17, 2019 Carlisle, United Kingdom

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