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Situated at the foot of Mount Helvellyn, in the heart of the Lake District, this former 17th century coaching Inn boasts spectacular views toward St Johns in the Vale, Blencathra and Skiddaw. The King's Head Inn is perfectly situated close to the shores of Lake Thirlmere and within easy reach of walking routes, including Helvellyn (right behind the Inn), as well as all the main attractions in the nearby Lake District towns of Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick. With 17 en suite bedrooms, comprising of doubles and twins, all with views of the surrounding fells, the King’s Head also features a Lakeland Speciality Store offering a wide range of local food, drinks and gifts from the finest Cumbrian producers.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.3)

Breakfast info

Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Free private parking available at the hotel

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Room type
Number of guests
1 double bed
2 single beds
1 single bed
2 single beds
1 double bed
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Guest reviews


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  • Samara
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Really lovely place to stay with beautiful views, the staff were super lovely and our room was really nice and clean! Couldn’t recommend staying here more, close to some amazing walks
  • Allyson
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Every time I stay here i say the same things so I guess their consistency is worth noting .It is beautiful - room, food, service and location. The reception and bar staff ( often the same man) is worth his weight in gold. He is a calm, hard...
  • Christine
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    This hotel was a lovely quaint place with comfortable and stylish downstairs rooms. There was a bar, lounge and dining rooms. It was conveniently placed on the main road between Keswick and Grasmere with walks to Thirlmere and Helvellyn. The food...

Hotel surroundings

1 restaurant on site

  • St John’s Restaurant
    • Cuisine
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
    • Ambiance
      Family friendly • Traditional
    • Dietary options
      Vegetarian • Vegan • Gluten-free • Dairy-free

Facilities of The King's Head
Great facilities! Review score, 8.7

Most popular facilities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Family rooms
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Additional toilet
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Streaming service (like Netflix)
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • Satellite channels
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Bar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Fax/photocopying
      Additional charge
    • Packed lunches
    • Meeting/banquet facilities
      Additional charge
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • CCTV outside property
    • CCTV in common areas
    • Smoke alarms
    • Security alarm
    • Key access
    • Safety deposit box
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Designated smoking area
    • Non-smoking throughout
    • Heating
    • Family rooms
    • Ironing facilities
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Iron
    • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
    Languages spoken
    • English
    • Spanish
    • Dutch

    House rules

    The King's Head takes special requests - add in the next step!


    From 15:00 to 23:00


    From 08:00 to 10:30



    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

    Children and beds

    Child policies

    Children of any age are welcome.

    To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

    Cot and extra bed policies

    0 - 2 years
    Cot upon request

    The number of cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

    There are no extra beds available at this property.

    All cots are subject to availability.

    No age restriction

    There is no age requirement for check-in


    Pets are not allowed.

    Maestro Mastercard Visa Solo Cash The King's Head accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

    The fine print
    Need-to-know information for guests at this property

    Group Bookings:

    Group bookings are welcome, including hen and stag nights.

    If you are planning on bringing your pet, please contact the Inn prior to your arrival.

    If any directions are needed you can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details provided in your confirmation.

    FAQs about The King's Head

    • The King's Head is 450 yards from the centre of Thirlmere. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • Guests staying at The King's Head can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.1).

      Breakfast option(s) include:

      • Full English/Irish
      • Vegetarian
      • Gluten-free
      • À la carte

    • Yes, The King's Head is popular with guests booking family stays.

    • The King's Head has 1 restaurant:

      • St John’s Restaurant

    • The King's Head offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

      • Cycling
      • Hiking
      • Golf course (within 3 km)

    • Room options at The King's Head include:

      • Double
      • Twin
      • Single
      • Family

    • The prices at The King's Head may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

    • Check-in at The King's Head is from 15:00, and check-out is until 10:30.