Derwent Island and House

Looking at Derwent Island House from the Launch © NTPL/Paul Harris

Looking at Derwent Island House from the Launch

Derwent Island is one of our most fascinating treasures. The 18th Century house on this little wooded island is an intriguing residence just visible from the mainland.

The house is lived in all year round but open to the public for five days every year, giving you the wonderful opportunity to have a look around the house and garden, find out about island life past and present and imagine yourself living in a house which must have one of the most beautiful commutes to the shops in the country!

After a short trip across the lake in a canoe you will be free to explore. There will be lots to do for adults and children alike with treasure hunts, guided tours and other activities.

Throughout its history it has been owned by monks and royalty, in the 16th Century it was inhabited by group of German miners when they came to work in the area. They built a camp on the island, grew vegetables, kept animals and even brewed beer.

The current house was built by Joseph Pocklington in the 18th century, something of an eccentric; he also built a chapel and a small fort on the island, using the fort for mock battles during annual regattas on the lake.

Open Days 2014

Thursday 17 April
Thursday 29 May
Sunday 29 June
Thursday 24 July
Thursday 11 September

The first crossing is at 10.15am and the last at 2.30pm - you'll be on the island for about two hours (with an additional 15 minutes each side to canoe to and from the island). Access to the island is by canoe, they are ‘open’ Canadian canoes, tied together in twos so they are very stable and we have instructors with the group at all times, and buoyancy aids are provided.


NT members
Adult £9.50
Child £4.50
Family £20.00

Non members
Adult £12.00
Child £6.50
Family £26.00

Booking opens at 10am three days before the open day on 017687 73780, this number is for booking only - for further information in the meantime please call 017687 74649.