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Group bookings at Aira Force

Visitors admiring the waterfall at Aira Force and Ullswater, Cumbria
Visitors stop to take in the waterfall at Aira Force, Cumbria | © National Trust Images/Stewart Smith

Booking is essential for coach parties. Please see below for guidance on coach parking and get your group booked in for a great day out. You can even travel by boat to make the most of the Lakeland scenery.

Make a group booking at Aira Force

  • Please complete the group booking form, detailing all your requirements.
  • Submit the completed form by
    Post: Aira Force, Tower Buildings, Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0JS.
  • The team will get in touch to confirm receipt of your booking request and then again to confirm your booking or to notify you if any of your requests cannot be met due to availability.

Alter or cancel your group booking

  • Should you need to cancel or make any changes to the details of your booking, please email as soon as possible or call the office on 01768 482067.
  • If you’re going to be late, please call the welcome team directly on 07917 517767 on the morning of your visit from 10am.

Coach parking at Aira Force

If you would like a space reserved for coach parking, there is a £20 parking charge which can be paid at the Welcome Building at the top of the car park. National Trust Educational Group members do not have to pay for parking.

Please be aware that there is a maximum of one coach in the car park so if other groups have already reserved a space your visit may not be possible. There is also no access for coaches during busy holiday periods as it’s not possible to reserve spaces at such busy times of the year.

The car park operates a one-way system and large coaches may not have enough room to manoeuvre around this. As such the car park is unsuitable for double decker coaches.

Terrain at Aira Force

As the paths are quite narrow and winding, if your party contains ten or more people you might want to break off into smaller groups to complete the walk. There are numerous steps on the way up to the waterfall, so if you are unsure about the suitability of the walk please enquire at the shop.

Come to Aira Force by boat

You can start your day in Glenridding and arrive by boat, taking in the sights of Ullswater valley along the way, then stroll back to Glenridding through Glencoyne Park and along the lakeshore. Please book with Ullswater Steamers directly on their website.

For any further group visit enquiries please call the Aira Force and Ullswater team on 017684 82067 or email

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Three walkers with a dog walking on a path at Aira Force and Ullswater, Lake District

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