It's central location makes Keswick the perfect place to stay when planning to explore the Lake District. The town is surrounded famous Lakeland hills such has Grizedale Pike, Skiddaw and Catbells.
There are walks to suit all abilities from the doorstep. The forest of Whinlatter is close by and ideal for walking, mountain biking and the high wire adventure GoApe. Make a visit to the Pencil Museum, take a cruise on the lake and see the latest production at Theatre by the Lake. At certain times of the year you may also get a glimpse of the nesting Osprey from Dodd Wood.
Not forgetting the great choice of accommodation from hotels and family run b&b's to self catering cottages and campsites. Combined with it's historic roots, Keswick is an ideal place to spend your holiday.
|Mon 20 Oct||Old Times at Theatre by the Lake|
|Mon 20 Oct||The Comedy of Errors at Theatre by the Lake|
|Tue 21 Oct||Rookery Nook at Theatre by the Lake|
|Tue 21 Oct||The Winterling at Theatre by the Lake|
|Wed 22 Oct||Rookery Nook at Theatre by the Lake|
|Wed 22 Oct||The Winterling at Theatre by the Lake|
|Thu 23 Oct||Dracula at Theatre by the Lake|
keswick hotels, b&bs and guesthouses
Self-catering with 2 units, £340-£690 pupw sleeps 4-6, Keswick
2 well equipped Lakeland cottages located within easy walking distance to the famous marketing town of Keswick. Private parking. We accept one adult house trained dog per cottage.
Bed & Breakfast with 11 rooms, £42-£96 pppnb, Keswick
The Grange Country House is set in its own grounds overlooking Keswick-on-Derwentwater and the surrounding fells. An elegant Lakeland house built in the 1840s The Grange is proudly owned by Mark and Sally Huit.
Guest House with 6 rooms, £35-£40 pppnb, Keswick
Welcoming guest house overlooking Fitz Park serving an extensive breakfast using locally sourced products with a Breakfast Award. Home from home, warm and welcoming. Recently refurbished to a high standard.
Country House Hotel with 7 rooms, £74-£124 pppnb, Keswick
Swinside Lodge Hotel is an exceptional North Lakes hotel with a 2AA Rosette restaurant within the Lake District, and ideally situated for exploring Derwentwater and the surrounding areas.
Guest Accommodation with 14 rooms, £30-£30500 pppnb, Keswick
The B&B Lodge is all en suite with satellite TV, full range of internet access including broadband and wifi. The residents lounge has breathtaking views and has a feature fireplace with real fire. Pets welcome by prior arrangement.
Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms, £29-£40 pppnb, Keswick
Laurel Bank is a charming Victorian non-smoking guest house, close to the historic stone circle and town centre. All rooms are en suite, with views towards Grisedale Pike and Latrigg. Ideally situated for walking.
Country House Hotel with 25 rooms, £63-£105 pppnb, Keswick
Our country house hotel is the best-kept secret in the Borrowdale Valley, with log fires, wonderful Lakeland-inspired cooking and warm, comfortable bedrooms updated in classic, modern style - a real home-from-home.
things to do
Activities based around Keswick. Rock climbing and abseiling in Borrowdale. Ghyll scrambling at Newlands Valley and canoeing on Derwentwater.
Set on the shores of Derwentwater in Keswick, Theatre by the Lake is Cumbria's only year-round professional producing theatre. Hosting a wide range of visiting drama, music, dance, talks, comedy and film.
Take to the trees and tackle an exhilarating course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides high above the forest floor. Go Ape is a great experience to share with friends and family, providing lots of thrills and laughs.
Enter the museum through a replica of the Seathwaite mine, journey through the history of pencil making at the worlds longest pencil and finally relax in our coffee shop, while the kids follow the quiz trails.
keswick history & heritage
Very little is known about the early history of Keswick. 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.