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The Royal Hotel Dockray. Nestled peacefully amongst the Eastern Lakeland Fells and located on many of the best-loved Lakeland walks, this charming country retreat is ideal for a peaceful break in Dockray.

The Village of Dockray is one of the most picturesque locations in England, overlooking Ullswater.

Run by a charismatic and friendly family, the hotel provides a relaxed, informal but efficient service, well suited to the Lakeland way of life. The Helvellyn and High Street mountain ranges are right on the doorstep, which makes The Royal Hotel Dockray an ideal and comfortable base for walkers.

The facilities include 10 en suite bedrooms with Freeview TV. Royal Hotel Dockray has a large restaurant and a bar that boasts a fine selection of wines, locally produced Real Ales and malt whiskies.

Nearby Glenridding features lovely shingle beaches to appreciate Ullswater from. Use your own canoes, kayaks or paddleboards or take the Ullswater Steamer north to Pooley Bridge and back to enjoy some of the most stunning scenery in the Lakes.

Close by is the National Trust’s Aira Force waterfall walk, well worth a morning or afternoon stroll around. Look out for Red Squirrels!

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.1 for a two-person trip.

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The Royal at Dockray is a family run Traditional Country Hotel offering the best of Cumbrian Hospitality. The resident owners, Tyrone and Michelle Castles, present a friendly and efficient team, who provide a warm welcome and an enjoyable stay offering 10 en-suite rooms, which can all be single, double or twin rooms, the renowned restaurant and a friendly Cumbrian bar which boasts a fine selection of Real Ale, Malts and Wines.


The Hotel nestles peacefully amongst the Lake District Fells and is situated about one mile from the shores of Ullswater and Aira Force. The Helvellyn and High Street Mountain ranges are right on the doorstep which makes the Royal Hotel an ideal and comfortable base for walkers.In addition, due to our unique and secluded environment, we boast a MOBILE FREE hotel, so you will not be disturbed during your break by the often incessant and intrusive digital bleeps and stresses of the world. Wi-Fi ( 1 per 24h) and TV reception are often intermittent, due to our unique location.

The Royal at Dockray is conveniently situated for touring and visiting the Lake District, being only 10 miles from the market town of Penrith with it s shops, museum and markets. In the other direction, over the Kirkstone Pass, are the wonderful worlds of Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth in nearby Windermere or Ambleside. Keswick is only half an hours drive to the West.

It has been said and written that Mary Queen of Scots stopped at the Cross Keys (as the Royal Hotel was known then) on 13th July 1568. Lowther Castle was her first overnight stop on her journey to Bolton Castle, and Sir Francis Knollys, when planning her journey noted, ‘for that house is twenty miles in the land from Carlisle. ‘It seems likely that a party of this size and importance would make a detour as Sir Francis Knollys and Sir Henry Scrope, who were responsible for her, were very anxious to avoid any confrontation with the local Catholic population and would have wished her progress to be as unobtrusive as possible.

The Cross Keys was originally a farmhouse and there was a forge to the side of the old bar where the present sitting area is, and on the other side of the old bar there was a barn and then the stables and carriage houses.

The practice of changing names to some variation of Royal Hotel was prevalent from 1850 onwards, sometimes for the flimsiest of reasons, and in the case of the Cross Keys it was the presumed visit by Mary Queen of Scots in 1568. It was a form of advertisement, directed at the middle classes, and especially the women, who would prefer to stay at a hotel than an inn and would like to mix with the higher echelons of society. The ‘Cross Keys’ became the ‘Royal Hotel’ sometime between 1861 and 1871. (Many thanks to Ann Wooddisse who wrote The Royal Hotel, Dockray, A Short History ).

Royal Hotel Dockray Restaurant

Our renowned restaurant serves a range of traditional Cumbrian dishes alongside many more innovative and modern choices. All our food is freshly prepared to the highest standards by our Head Chef, Mr. Radoslaw Rurys, using only fresh, locally produced ingredients.

Our restaurant is very busy during certain periods therefore, to avoid disappointment, it is highly recommended that you book a table in advance of your arrival.

If you would prefer a more informal meal, we provide an extensive bar menu. These tasty dishes can be eaten either in the comfortable bar area or outside in our beautiful and extensive grounds. Our exciting new Main Menu and extensive bar menu are available daily for lunch and dinner, before heading off again to enjoy the beautiful Lakeland Countryside, moments from our doorstep.

Breakfast times:

08.30-09.30

Lunch times:

12.00-14.30

Dinner times

17.30-20.00

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