Things to do nearby Banks Court House Apartment

The market town of Cockermouth is on the River Derwent at the north-western tip of the Lake District. Dating from Norman times, with much of its medieval streetplan remaining and beautiful Georgian architecture, it has a strong sense of history.

Banks Court House Apartment is situated in a quiet courtyard in the shadow of Jennings’s Brewery. The brewery has stood in Cockermouth since 1828 and it still brews wonderful ales alongside the museum and guided tours. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the brewing facilities, find out about the brewing process (the same method since 1828!), see how the beer is made and sample the finished product.

The Cockermouth Trail is a good introduction to the town, taking visitors around its many famous landmarks and lesser-known attractions. It is well signposted, with 19 plaques along the trail to show the way - a map can be obtained from the tourist information centre.

Cockermouth is famous for being the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth in 1770. Just at the end of the main street, Wordsworth House has been restored to how it would have been in Wordsworth’s day and is open to the public. There are hands-on activities for children and costumed living history.

Wordsworth photo

Cockermouth is a wonderful place for shopping, with many small specialist shops, ranging from antique shops to second-hand bookshops, local produce stalls and quality butchers. There is also a large Sainsbury’s supermarket for essentials.

JB Banks is a shop of note – a traditional Ironmongers with a small museum at the rear, originally a tin smithy and plumbers workshop. The exhibition includes hand tools, pre-war office items and a large collection of locks from Tudor times to present.

There is no shortage of places to eat and drink in Cockermouth, from tea rooms and cafes to pubs selling real ales and good food and riverside restaurants. Merienda is a

The Quince & Medlar serves fantastic vegetarian food and is featured in the Which Good Food Guide, Hardens, Hunter Davies Good Guide to the Lakes, AA Food Guide, Country Living Rural Food Guide and Vegetarian Britain. The Bitter End is a highly regarded pub and restaurant with local ales and excellent food.


Cockermouth has an annual beer festival, held in December, and the annual Taste Cumbria Festival is now held every September. In the evenings, the Kirkgate Centre offers a range of activities and events, including drama, films, dance, workshops and exhibitions.

Cockermouth is very close to many of the Lake District’s most stunning mountains and lakes. Loweswater and Buttermere are just 7 miles away, Ennerdale 10 miles and Keswick 13 miles. Here you will find the full range of outdoor activities that the Lake District has to offer – hundreds of walks and climbs, water sports, pony trekking and paragliding. See our Keswick Area Guide and our Loweswater and Buttermere Area Guide for more details.

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