Castlerigg Stone Circle
Castlerigg Stone Circle
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6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Dating from about 3000 BC, this is one of the first stone circles built in Britain, which is perched atop a high moor with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
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  • Mark
    Amersham, United Kingdom1,919 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing archaeology and an amazing setting with the mountains around
    Came to this in the morning ahead of going into Penrith and was blown away. The stone circle itself is amazing... equal to Avebury or Stonehenge, but the setting is even better. On a hill with fabulous mountain scenery around. A must-do !!
    Hello marlarkey99, thank you for your lovely review of Castlerigg Stone Circle - we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit.
    Written 31 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Written 12 July 2023
  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain21,459 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very beautiful stone circle and views
    Castlerigg Stone Circle is located in the surroundings of Keswick, a.little town in Lake District, in the middle of England. It is megalithic structure, where you can see some rocks in a circle from Stone Age. Also, you can see very nice views of the surrounding mountains. The photo of the circle stones and the mountains is very beautiful. It is possible to park the car in front of this monument and go there.
    Thank you, AlbertSalichs, for your detailed review of Castlerigg Stone Circle. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you are able to return soon!
    Written 31 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 July 2023
  • GandC_UK
    Pocklington, United Kingdom660 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous views in all directions
    This is a great place in all weathers, fabulous views of the stones with the hills as a backdrop. Information leaflet available from the ice-cream van which appears to be here most of the time. There is also a useful café open to all at the climbing centre opposite.
    Thank you for your lovely review, GandC_UK.
    Written 31 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • nowpacking
    Dallas, Texas3,233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting!!!
    There are 38 stones that are placed on a high hill surrounded by mountains but no one really knows why it was built. Beautiful views all around with sheep grazing in the fields which added to the intrigue. We came early morning and had the place to ourselves for awhile which was great for photography. Please shut the gates so the sheep don’t get out!
    Hello nowpacking, thank you for your great review of Castlerigg Stone Circle. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit!
    Written 31 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • thegreenkiwis
    Sheffield, United Kingdom100 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting site and beautiful location
    Went on a sunny summer holiday afternoon and it was heaving, almost as busy as Stonehenge! The circle is interesting and the information boards useful, but the best thing about it is the lovely location and views. A nice short circular walk can be done from there, giving more opportunity to admire those views (and it was quieter when we got back, which was pleasing!).
    Hello thegreenkiwis, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle, and hope that you can return soon!
    Written 16 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Ljubica B
    London, United Kingdom7,539 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great history… lovely views
    Beautiful views of the Lake District country hills … there is a free entrance… you need to drive to this place .. not sure if there is public transport. But all the Lake District is well connected. This place is magic.. if you like history this is the place. Bring some trainers or wellington boots.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Anuj_Mithani
    Mumbai, India4,351 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning setting
    Located just a mile or so outside Keswick, with parking available nearby, this is free to access. It has a dramatic setting in the backdrop of mountains, and is said to be older than Stonehenge. We only had some sheep grazing around for company when we visited.
    Hello Anuj_Mithani, thanks for your lovely review of Castlerigg Stone Circle. We hope that you can visit us again soon!
    Written 23 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 October 2023
  • redscarfox
    Redcar, United Kingdom944 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a stunning place
    Not far from Keswick , what a stunning site. 3000 year old stone circle with 360* panoramic views of the Keswick fells. Run by The National Trust but free to enter. We finished with a hot drink in the nearby Keswick Climbing Wall Cafe.
    Thank you for your 5* review, redscarfox! We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle.
    Written 23 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • alisdair t
    Workington, United Kingdom6,342 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to photograph
    A very interesting stone circle, with national importance. Located on the edge of Keswick, with fantastic views over the surrounding fells. A great place for early morning photos. Free parking very close, and good information boards at the gates
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 February 2024
  • Derek P
    Lanark, United Kingdom558 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A special atmospheric place in all seasons - take your camera
    Atmospheric as many other reviewers have said. The setting is pretty scenic, and I spent 15 minutes there taking pictures. I was interested to learn that the stone circle is older than Stonehenge. It's definitely a special place worth a visit in every season. I did a signed 4-mile walk from here across the fields to Tewet tarn, then to St John's in the Vale church, and back via the very muddy footpath from Low Nest farm past High Nest farm - the footpath takes you straight back to opposite the Climbing Wall next to the stone circle. There is a cafe there. You can find the route on OpenStreetmap or Streetmap apps. The walk (indicated in red dots on my attached map) takes around 2 hours, it's quite scenic at the tarn. The little church at St John's in the Vale is attractive too. And there are also great views of Skiddaw and/or Blencathra from near the stones. By the time I got back the weather had changed and I also found a circle holding hands within the circle. I heard American accents echoing in the Lakeland fells, a slightly strange experience.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 April 2024
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SonomaTrekker
Sebastopol, CA251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Pleasant, accessible location for visiting 4,500 year old ring stones. The stones sit in an open meadow, with beautiful views in every direction (rolling hills and mountainsides). You can park a few hundred yards away (easy walk across the grass). We visited on a rainy morning in May and there were about 10 people there. The site isn't big and visiting the stones takes about 10-20 min (depending on how long you want to tarry). This is a worthy stop for seeing something a bit different than the typical historic sights.
Written 27 May 2024
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ladyita
Windsor, UK142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The views are amazing and there is a peaceful calm to the place. People were all being respectful of others when we went and it was utterly delightful.
Written 14 May 2024
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Derek P
Lanark, UK558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Atmospheric as many other reviewers have said. The setting is pretty scenic, and I spent 15 minutes there taking pictures. I was interested to learn that the stone circle is older than Stonehenge. It's definitely a special place worth a visit in every season. I did a signed 4-mile walk from here across the fields to Tewet tarn, then to St John's in the Vale church, and back via the very muddy footpath from Low Nest farm past High Nest farm - the footpath takes you straight back to opposite the Climbing Wall next to the stone circle. There is a cafe there. You can find the route on OpenStreetmap or Streetmap apps. The walk (indicated in red dots on my attached map) takes around 2 hours, it's quite scenic at the tarn. The little church at St John's in the Vale is attractive too. And there are also great views of Skiddaw and/or Blencathra from near the stones. By the time I got back the weather had changed and I also found a circle holding hands within the circle. I heard American accents echoing in the Lakeland fells, a slightly strange experience.
Written 27 April 2024
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HolidayTravellerForever
London, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Amazing Views , thought provoking of how the stones got there , probably better when warmer and less rain as field a quagmire otherwise stunning for several photo opportunities
Written 11 April 2024
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Chris F
Slaithwaite, UK481 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
An interesting historical site with great views. Good information boards when you find the site but poor signage to direct you there. There are some signs but they are missing closer to the actual site. However, just follow the signs to the ‘Climbing Wall’ and keep going … there is parking on the road near the site.
Written 13 March 2024
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alisdair t
Workington, UK6,342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
A very interesting stone circle, with national importance. Located on the edge of Keswick, with fantastic views over the surrounding fells. A great place for early morning photos. Free parking very close, and good information boards at the gates
Written 26 February 2024
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Gill
Drumnadrochit, UK140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
It's beautiful, surrounded by amazing views off hills, very scenic! Well worth the trek up hill or park outside the circle, for less able folks!
Written 16 February 2024
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Thank you, Stay51582621222, for your lovely review of Castlerigg Stone Circle.
Written 26 February 2024
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AB
59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Beautiful. our guide was saying maybe one of the stones was a seat and that maybe its not a coincidence that the stones look like the shape of the mountains behind them.
Written 1 November 2023
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Hi there Aka7891, thank you for your review of Castlerigg Stone Circle - we're really glad you enjoyed your time here.
Written 23 November 2023
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J-from-Marysville
Marysville, OH1,009 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
My wife found this site when looking for things to do in the area. It's like a mini Stonehenge. It's also easily accessible, like Stonehenge used to be. Parking is on the road. Mind your feet, the sheep don't clean up their droppings.
Written 15 October 2023
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Thank you, J-from-Marysville, for your great review of Castlerigg Stone Circle. We hope to see you back soon!
Written 23 November 2023
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redscarfox
Redcar, UK944 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Not far from Keswick , what a stunning site. 3000 year old stone circle with 360* panoramic views of the Keswick fells. Run by The National Trust but free to enter. We finished with a hot drink in the nearby Keswick Climbing Wall Cafe.
Written 11 October 2023
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Thank you for your 5* review, redscarfox! We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle.
Written 23 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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