Our Location

Theatre by the Lake

'You don’t expect a theatre to be tucked away in the middle of Lakeland but it looks as if it has always been there, as old as the dry stone walls or the pastures surrounding it' Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

Theatre by the Lake is on the edge of the bustling Lake District town of Keswick in a uniquely beautiful setting close to Derwentwater. The views from nearby Crow Park down the lake to Cat Bells and Borrowdale and back to Skiddaw are outstanding.

Getting here

On foot: The theatre is a five minute walk from the town centre (follow signs for the Lake).

Driving: We are located off Lake Road (see map). Directions are indicated by brown tourist road signs throughout the town.
Public transport: The nearest train station (on the West Coast main line) is located in Penrith, approx. 17 miles from Keswick. The X5 bus service runs in both directions from Penrith to Keswick every hour throughout the day, seven days a week (inc. bank holidays). Evening services are limited, so please check the current timetable before you travel.

A66 closure: We have been made aware that there is an overnight closure on the A66 between Threlkeld and Wallthwaite which affects traffic routes on the A66 between Keswick and Penrith.

This will be in force from 8pm – 6am from Mon 19 February until 18 March. The official Highways England diversion is via Carlisle, however other much shorter routes are possible. Customers are advised to plan their journeys well in advance with sat navs or online route planners such as Google maps, AA or RAC. Please contact the TBTL Box Office on 017687 74411 if you have any queries.


The Lakeside car park (operated by Allerdale Borough Council) is situated next to the theatre. Parking has an overnight charge of £1 for parking after 7pm.


Current charges during the day are; £3 for 2 hrs; £5 for 3 hrs; £7 for 6 hrs; and £9 for 12hrs. During the summer months this car park can become very busy (especially when there's a matinée performance), so please allow plenty of time to park.

There are a number of disabled parking spaces in this car park, located only a few metres from the theatre.

Theatre by the Lake
CA12 5DJ