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 6 Jun - Fri 6 Nov||Abigail's Party at Theatre by the Lake|
|Sat 23 May - Wed 4 Nov||Suddenly Last Summer at Theatre by the Lake|
|Sat 23 May - Wed 4 Nov||The 39 Steps at Theatre by the Lake|
|Sat 13 Jun - Fri 6 Nov||The Lady of the Lake at Theatre by the Lake|
|Sat 11 - Sun 12 Jul||King Pocky's Derwentwater Regatta at National Trust Keswick Lakeside Shop|
|Sun 12 Jul||4th Annual Pudding Festival in aid of Diabetes UK at Keswick|
|Sun 12 Jul||Roots in Cumbria at Theatre by the Lake|
keswick hotels, b&bs and guesthouses
Country House Hotel with 9 rooms, £10-£500 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.
Metro Hotel with 14 rooms, £112-£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, £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.
Alternative Accommodation with 4 units, £37-£49 pupn sleeps 2-4, Keswick
The camping Pods and The Shepherds' Hut at Lanefoot Farm Campsite present a glamping alternative to camping. Affordable accommodation already set up on site. Just bring everything you usually bring to camp, but leave the tent behind!
Self-catering with 1 unit, £200-£650 pupw sleeps 4, Keswick
Two bedroom Lakeland cottage. Peaceful setting. Superb views of Skiddaw and Whinlatter Forest. Balcony over garden and beck. Wood-burning stove in the lounge. Excellent walking and cycling from the door. Owner maintained.
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.
Self-catering with 1 unit, £495-£1100 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.
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.
A small family-run brewery set up with quality and environmental issues at it's heart. Brewery tours and shop available.
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.