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.
|Wed 6 May||Jeff Barnhart and John Hallam at Theatre by the Lake|
|Wed 6 May||The Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra at Theatre by the Lake|
|Thu 7 - Sun 10 May||Keswick Jazz Festival at Theatre by the Lake|
|Mon 11 May||Celtic Fiddle Festival at Theatre by the Lake|
|Thu 14 - Sun 17 May||Keswick Mountain Festival at Theatre by the Lake|
|Thu 14 - Sun 17 May||Keswick Mountain Festival at Crow Park|
|Sat 16 - Sun 17 May||Build a den at Keswick Mountain Festival at National Trust Keswick Lakeside Shop|
keswick hotels, b&bs and guesthouses
Country House Hotel with 9 rooms, £10-£125 pppnb, Keswick
The Lodge a Victorian building, originally a stable circa 1861, is situated at the foot of Skiddaw in its own 5 acres of spectacular Lake District countryside with splendid views towards Bassenthwaite Lake and the north western fells.
Guest House with 5 rooms, £34-£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.
Guest House with 9 rooms, £37-£49 pppnb, Keswick
Detached Georgian house set in well-maintained gardens. Spacious rooms, all have been tastefully refurbished. Four poster beds available. Quietly situated, yet close to the town centre and lake. Real log fires.
Self-catering with 2 units, £180-£545 pupw sleeps 2, Keswick
The Views - Holiday Cottages in the Sky. Contemporary town centre luxury apartments with some of the best views in the Lake District - Guaranteed. Located just off Keswick market square with parking. Short Breaks Available.
Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £28-£40 pppnb, Keswick
This small and friendly guest house is located a short walk from the town centre and many of the rooms enjoy fine views of the surrounding fells. Bedrooms are well equipped and the breakfast room overlooks the small front garden.
Guest House with 7 rooms, £36-£45 pppnb, Keswick
Richard and Fon Atkinson welcome you to their warm and friendly, centrally located guesthouse in the picturesque town of Keswick in the heart of the English Lake District. Shemara has 7 en suite bedrooms.
Self-catering with 1 unit, £55-£70 pupn sleeps 2, Keswick
Lanefoot Loft is a studio apartment located next to the 16thC farmhouse at Lanefoot Farm. It is an excellent base for touring the northern Lake District.
things to do
Residential outdoor adventure holidays for people with disabilities, including those with the most complex needs. It’s what you can do that counts!
Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft is based in the heart of the Lake District National Park in the bustling town of Keswick. We are specialist providers of canoe tours, bush craft and wilderness skills, river trips and canoe expeditions.
A brand new Climbing Centre in the heart of Keswick, with an indoor ice wall, childrens play area and cafe. We also run a range of indoor and outdoor adventure activities, to suit all abilities.
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.