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 2 Mar||A Girl With a Book at Theatre by the Lake|
|Mon 2 Mar||Dylan Moran at Theatre by the Lake|
|Tue 3 Mar||Charlie Alpha 12 and Friends at Theatre by the Lake|
|Wed 4 Mar||Local Young Musicians' Concert at Theatre by the Lake|
|Fri 6 - Sun 15 Mar||Words by the Water at Theatre by the Lake|
|Wed 11 Mar||John Porter Talk: Moving Mountains at Theatre by the Lake|
|Tue 17 Mar||Iain Stewart - Planet Oil at Theatre by the Lake|
keswick hotels, b&bs and guesthouses
Guest Accommodation with 8 rooms, £31-£50 pppnb, Keswick
Quiet location with stunning panoramic views across Derwentwater to Borrowdale. Newly renovated to a high standard. Elevated garden with outdoor seating. Open plan guest living/dining area with log fire. Home baking. All diets catered for.
Guest House with 6 rooms, £35-£39 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.
Metro Hotel with 14 rooms, £98-£160 prpnb, Keswick
Lairbeck Hotel is ideally situated in a quiet, secluded location only 10-minutes walk into Keswick. Set in an acre of attractive, well-maintained gardens, with spacious parking, Lairbeck enjoys magnificent views of Skiddaw & Causey Pike.
Guest House with 7 rooms, £35-£42 pppnb, Keswick
Charming 18thC former farmhouse, close to Keswick & Ullswater. Set amid panoramic views of surrounding fells. Individually designed en-suite rooms, guest lounge, free onsite car parking, dogs welcome, cycle storage & free WiFi.
Country House Hotel with 7 rooms, £74-£119 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.
Bed & Breakfast with 11 rooms, £44-£70 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.
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
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.
The Lake District contains some of the finest mountains, lakes and climbing crags in Britain. these provide a playground for wonderful outdoor experiences.
Activities based around Keswick. Rock climbing and abseiling in Borrowdale. Ghyll scrambling at Newlands Valley and canoeing on Derwentwater.
The last working slate mine in England. Fully guided mine tours and Via Ferrata. Browse the visitor centre. Our Sky Hi cafe serves freshly prepared, locally sourced, paninis, and soups.
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.