Producers of award-winning craft gin, Shed 1 Gin in Cumbria offer amazing gin along with tasting tours and much more. Here is a complete guide.
How To Get To Shed 1 Gin
Shed 1 Gin is located in the market town of Ulverston in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria.
Shed 1 Distillery, The Old Calf Shed, North Lonsdale Road, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 9AU
Ulverston is just under 10 miles from Barrow-in-Furness following the A590 north. Or 25 miles if coming down from Kendal.
North Lonsdale Road is a turning off the A590. Once on this road look out for the Shed 1 Gin sign pointing into the large free car park.
Shed 1 Gin Entrance Fee
It’s free to visit the shop and bar between 11am and 5pm most Fridays and Saturdays.
All experiences need to be booked in advance and prices start at £18.50 per adult.
Shed 1 Gin Opening Times
The Shed 1 Gin Shop and Bar is open to the public on most Fridays & Saturdays 11am-5pm.
Distillery Tours and Gin Tastings, Make Your Own Gin and Afternoon G&Teas all need to be booked in advance.
Best Time To Visit Shed 1 Gin + Tips
Phone or go online to book experiences –
07794 699913/ 07397 180486 or www.shed1distillery.com.
Distillery Tours and Tastings on most Thursdays and Saturdays £18.50.
Make Your Own Gin Experience on selected Sundays £95 -£145.
Afternoon G&Teas on selected Saturdays and some special days £28.50.
Over 18s only for gin tasting.
Drivers at tasting tour can take their 2 G&Ts home.
You get 10% discount on any goods bought during a booked experience.
Non alcoholic drinks are available.
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History Of Shed 1 Gin
Launched in their garden shed in October 2016 by husband and wife team Andy & Zoe Arnold-Bennett, Shed 1 Distillery produces award-winning, micro-batch, craft gin.
Zoe had been making compound gin elixirs for a while and Andy started getting more interested in the process. After playing with botanicals for a while they decided it was time to take it up a notch and produce our own gin.
When looking for somewhere to distill their gin that was close to home and cheap to run, they decide to use one of their sheds. Choosing shed 1, the shed closest to the house, ‘Shed 1 Distillery’ was born
In 2019 they moved their distillery from their garden shed to the Old Calf Shed just close by and had room there to open a Visitor Centre. Subsequently launching – ‘Gin Experiences’, including Cumbria’s only ‘Make Your Own Gin’.
In 2020 and 2021 they won The Gin Guide’s ‘Environmental Sustainability Award’. Followed by, in 2022, the Global Icons of Gin ‘Best Visitor Attraction’.
What To Expect At Shed 1 Gin
What better place to finish the Lake District trip, after a quiet stop at South Walney Nature Reserve, than at a Gin Distillery.
Located in the corner of an old cattle yard, Shed 1 Gin Distillery has a lovely warm and inviting feel. The team, including owners Andy and Zoe are very knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming.
You can choose from the following experiences that need to be booked in advance:
Distillery Tour and Tasting
Lasting approximately 1.5 hours, it starts with a welcoming G&T. The owners and distillers will then show you the micro-distillery and tell you the story of their gin.
This is followed by a gin tasting session in the lovely visitor area and a second G&T of your favourite flavour.
Make Your Own Distilled Gin
Starting with a welcome G&T, Andy and Zoe take you through the process of gin making and discuss the different botanicals and their properties.
You then choose your own ingredients, add them to a mini-still and watch the process unfold. When complete you get to create your own label for your gin.
Lasting approximately 3.5 hours, you also get to enjoy a couple of G&Ts and a few sweet treats from the Afternoon G&Tea Menu.
Starting with a welcome G&T, Andy and Zoe will take you on a distillery tour. Then relax in the stylish bar and enjoy Zoe’s specially created Afternoon Tea with a second G&T, of your choosing, served during your experience.
Served at either 1.30pm or 3.00pm and including delicious finger sandwiches, scones, sweet treats and tea, all incorporating botanicals used in the Shed 1 gin making process.
Shed 1 Gin also offer group bookings and are also an approved wedding venue for an intimate wedding of up to 30 people. As well as Gin Elopements!
Although I don’t drink, I would highly recommend this little gem if looking for a really friendly, interesting experience with some delicious and uniquely flavoured food and drink.
A must for all gin lovers!
Where To Stay In The Lake District
Luxury – Lakes Hotel & Spa
This luxurious hotel is perfectly situated with views of Lake Windermere, a short stroll from the village of Bowness-on-Windermere.
The hotel can arrange collection from Windemere station which is just 10 minutes away.
Lakes Hotel & Spa has some of the best on-site facilities in the area, half of the rooms with hot tubs on private balconies. There’s also an on-site spa, a stylish restaurant and a cocktail bar. As well as bike hire, wakesurfing and paddleboading.
There are many walks that you can take straight from the hotel gates, and there are even boats that travel the length of Windermere, making it easy to visit surrounding areas.
Mid-Budget – The George Hotel by Best Western
This traditional hotel stands in the very centre of the bustling market town of Penrith.
Free parking and free Wi-Fi is available at the property. Meals are available to enjoy in the intimate, candlelit Devonshire restaurant which boasts a beautiful open fire.
The wood panelling and old local wall prints combine to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where many generations of loyal visitors have returned time after time.
Budget – Albany House
Located in Penrith, Albany House offers bed-and-breakfast accommodation with free WiFi access throughout.
Guests benefit from free public parking facilities near the accommodation. The property also boasts a 4 gold-star rating from the AA, along with breakfast awards.
Rooms at Albany House B&B come with a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and either an en-suite or external bathroom.
Breakfast is available between 8:00 and 9:00 every morning in the common breakfast room.
For more places to stay in the Lake District, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.