Aira Force | Day Out With The Kids

Aira Force

Penrith, Cumbria, England

Attraction Information

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Ages: 4+

Venue type: Outdoor

Probably the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, the main force falls 70 feet from below a stone footbridge. Aira Force provides a glimpse of a landscaped Victorian park with dramatic waterfalls, arboretum and rocks scenery! More than enough to satisfy the most adventurous family hikers but not too far off the main routes.

Throughout the rest of Ullswater Valley the watersports enthusiasts amongst you will certainly not be disappointed either, there's plenty of opportunity for wet fun and adventure on the water including canoeing, sailing, fishing and even swimming as it's considered perfectly safe if you're careful. Loads of options for a summers day for active sorts!

An audio trail on cassette is available from the National Trust information vehicle (if you can catch it!) which is especially helpful for those with impaired vision, together with a 'talking postcard'. Wheelchair and pram access to Aira Beck is possible too.

There is a cafe by the large car park, which contains information panels describing the pretty local area and its rich history. Leaflets are available describing the story of Aira Force and Gowbarrow, and family walks that leave from the car park, so if you go nice and early there are temptations for more hiking afterwards too!


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0JS, England


Click here to visit Aira Force's website
01768 482067

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Daylight access


Free admission

More Information

Pets allowed

Dogs are welcome

Guest suitability

Much of Aira Force and the countryside is steep and rugged. Waterfall is not accessible by wheelchair. 

Parking facilities

Parking Charge
2 Hours: £5.00
4 Hours: £7.00
All Day: £9.00

Gift shop

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:30

Eating information

Monday to Sunday 10:30 - 16:30