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.
|Thu 26 Feb - Sun 1 Mar||Keswick Film Festival at Keswick|
|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|
keswick hotels, b&bs and guesthouses
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 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.
Alternative Accommodation with 4 units, £35-£48 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, £395-£625 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.
Self-catering with 4 units, £280-£1150 pupw sleeps 2-8, Keswick
Stunning location near Keswick and Grasmere, magnificent views of Helvellyn and Blencathra, gardens and woodland to explore, delightful walking straight from your door, beautiful cottages for 2 - 8 people.
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.
things to do
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.
Residential outdoor adventure holidays for people with disabilities, including those with the most complex needs. It’s what you can do that counts!
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.