The remains of a Roman fort, probably Galava, can be found on the lakeside meadows. This was part of a chain of forts that included Glannoventa, now Ravenglass, on the Irish Sea coast and Brocavum, modern-day Brougham near Penrith. The surviving stone structures include the headquarters and granaries as well as parts of the gates and walls. The area is open to the public at all times and there is no entrance fee.
Nearby is the National Trust’s Stagshaw Garden, known for its collection of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas which bursts into vibrant colour every spring.