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.
|Sat 23 Apr - Sun 5 Jun||Mountain High Art Exhibition at Keswick|
|Tue 3 - Sat 7 May||The Hired Man at Theatre by the Lake|
|Fri 6 May||Guided canoe trip to Owl Island at National Trust Keswick Lakeside Shop|
|Sun 8 May||Force Crag Mine Open Day at National Trust Keswick Lakeside Shop|
|Thu 12 - Sun 15 May||Keswick Jazz Festival at Theatre by the Lake|
|Thu 12 - Sun 15 May||The 25th Jennings Keswick Jazz Festival at Theatre by the Lake|
|Thu 19 - Sun 22 May||Keswick Mountain Festival at Theatre by the Lake|
keswick hotels, b&bs and guesthouses
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.
Guest Accommodation with 8 rooms, £40-£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 9 rooms, £39-£50 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.
Country House Hotel with 9 rooms, £35-£90 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-£42 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.
Self-catering with 1 unit, £495-£1075 pupw sleeps 6, Keswick
Detached cottage with stunning views. Nestled into the lower slopes of Whinlatter Forest. AGA in the kitchen. Wood-burning stove in the lounge. Peace and privacy, with 2 acres of grass and woodland to explore.
things to do
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.
Whinlatter Forest Park is England's only true mountain forest. Rising to 790 metres above sea level Whinlatter offers spectacular views of the Lake District and into Scotland.
We offer fantastic off-road quad bike treks in the heart of the Lake District with some of the most stunning scenery in the UK.
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.