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 3 Sep||Old Times at Theatre by the Lake|
|Wed 3 Sep||The Comedy of Errors at Theatre by the Lake|
|Thu 4 Sep||Rookery Nook at Theatre by the Lake|
|Thu 4 Sep||The Winterling at Theatre by the Lake|
|Fri 5 Sep||Rookery Nook at Theatre by the Lake|
|Fri 5 Sep||The Winterling at Theatre by the Lake|
|Sat 6 Sep||Dracula at Theatre by the Lake|
keswick hotels, b&bs and guesthouses
Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £28-£38 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.
Country House Hotel with 25 rooms, £73-£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.
Alternative Accommodation with 4 units, £35-£47 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!
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.
Self-catering with 1 unit, £395-£595 pupw sleeps 4, Keswick
Cosy Lakeland stone cottage, with central heating throughout. Wood-burning stove in lounge. Garden with beck. Views of Skiddaw and Whinlatter Forest. Ideal walking/cycling base. Direct access to forest and fells. Owner maintained.
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
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.
Keswick Adventure provide all manner of adventure activities in the outdoors catering for individuals, families, groups, businesses and school groups. Our activities include ghyll scrambling, rock climbing and abseiling and canoeing.
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 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.
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.