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Keswick

The central location of Keswick makes it the perfect place to stay when exploring the Lake District. Only 20 minutes from junction 40 of the M6, Keswick is situated near to many of the Lake District's most well known lakes, including Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Thirlmere and Ullswater. Keswick is also ideally situated for famous Lakeland mountains such as Grizedale Pike, Skiddaw and Catbells. 
 
Book your Keswick holiday accommodation at Golakes, the official Lake District tourist board. We have a great choice of accommodation in Keswick, including hotels and family run b&b's, self catering cottages and campsites, and don't forget to look out for special offers and fairbooking partners.
 
Use the 'Book Your Stay' search below to find your ideal place to stay in and around Keswick. 

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The Grange Country House bedroom

The Grange Country House

Bed & Breakfast with 10 rooms, £50-£144 pppnb

18/20 Cellar Bar, Dining & Rooms

18/20 Cellar Bar, Dining & Rooms

Restaurant with Rooms with 4 rooms, £60-£140 pppnb

Bramblewood Cottage Guest House breakfast room

Bramblewood Cottage Guest House

Guest House with 6 rooms, £35-£42 pppnb

Gable Cottage

Gable Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £380-£825 pupw sleeps 1-5

Views from the Balcony

The Views, Keswick

Self-catering with 2 units, £260-£645 pupw sleeps 1-3

Cragside exterior

Cragside

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £70-£80 prpnb

Claremont House

Claremont House

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £30-£43 pppnb

Acorn House bedroom

Acorn House

Guest House with 9 rooms, £78-£105 prpn

Apartment 7, Harney Peak

Apartment 7, Harney Peak

Self-catering with 1 unit, £330-£525 pupw sleeps 2

Hillcrest22 Guest House

Hillcrest22 Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 8 rooms, £0-£105 prpn

Fornside Farm Cottages

Fornside Farm Cottages

Self-catering with 4 units, £420-£850 pupw sleeps 4-6

Greystoke House

Greystoke House

Bed & Breakfast with 6 rooms, £35-£70 prpnb

Brackenrigg

Brackenrigg

Self-catering with 5 units, £290-£2500 pupw sleeps 1-12

Borrowdale Gates Hotel

Borrowdale Gates Hotel

Country House Hotel with 25 rooms, £65-£108 pppnb

Croftlands Cottages

Croftlands Cottages

Self-catering with 2 units, £360-£710 pupw sleeps 1-4

The Cottage in the Wood

The Cottage in the Wood

Restaurant with Rooms with 9 rooms, £0-£205 pppnb

Catherine Cottage

Annes Catherine Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £400-£500 pupw sleeps 1-5

Caravan

Lakeland Caravan Hire

Individual Caravan with 1 unit, £275-£700 pupw sleeps 1-6

Ashness Farm

Ashness Farm

Farmhouse with 5 rooms, £38-£49 pppnb

Bawd Hall outside view

Bawd Hall

Self-catering with 1 unit, £970-£2270 pupw sleeps 4-10

Brierholme Guest House

Brierholme Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £74-£84 prpnb

Manesty Holiday Cottages

Manesty Holiday Cottages

Self-catering with 7 units, £376-£1109 pupw sleeps 2-8

Lyzzick Hall Hotel

Lyzzick Hall Hotel

Country House Hotel with 30 rooms, £158-£206 prpnb

Grasmoor Guest House

Grassmoor Guest House

Guest House with 4 rooms, £35-£40 pppnb

Things to do

What's on

Surrounding Area

Borrowdale Valley
Blencathra
Castlerigg Stone circle
Latrigg

History of Keswick

Castlerigg Stone circle
Sign
Little is known about the early history of Keswick, but St Kentigern is known to have preached at Crosthwaite (to the east of the town centre) in AD 556. A Norman church was built on the spot in 1181, followed by a small settlement.

The church apparently attracted unofficial markets following church services. This caused much contention until a market charter was granted in 1276 to a small cheese dairy not far away on the banks of the river Greta. This was the start of Keswick, whose name translates as ‘cheese farm'.

As Keswick grew in size, the original settlement at Crosthwaite declined, leaving the church isolated.

Prosperity came to Keswick in the 16th century with the extraction of minerals from the surrounding fells. With no local mining expertise, skilled German miners were drafted in to work the copper and lead mines in the Newlands Valley, and a large smelting plant was established at Brigham (where the A66 road bridge crosses the river Greta).

The later discovery of wadd (graphite) at Seathwaite in Borrowdale gave rise to around 14 pencil manufacturing businesses in the area, one of which - the Cumberland Pencil Company - was operational in Keswick up to 2007.
Catbells, Keswick

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