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.
|Sun 19 Apr||The Disco at the Tavern: The Demon Barbers XL at Theatre by the Lake|
|Mon 20 Apr||Eric Knowles - What's it Worth? at Theatre by the Lake|
|Tue 21 Apr||Bella Hardy at Theatre by the Lake|
|Wed 22 - Sat 25 Apr||Lucky Sods: Keswick Theatre Club at Theatre by the Lake|
|Wed 22 Apr||Onyx Brass: The Golden Age at Theatre by the Lake|
|Thu 23 Apr||Dave Spikey at Theatre by the Lake|
|Thu 23 Apr||Grandest Views: An Illustrated Talk at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery|
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.
Bed & Breakfast with 11 rooms, £45-£70 pppnb, Keswick
The Grange Country House is set in its own grounds overlooking Keswick-on-Derwentwater and the surrounding fells. An elegant Lakeland house built in the 1840s The Grange is proudly owned by Mark and Sally Huit.
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 6 rooms, £29-£43 pppnb, Keswick
Claremont House is a large detached period property set in grounds of an acre. There are 3 king, 1 family and 2 super king/twin bedded rooms all with private en-suite shower facilities. There is guest parking, cycle storage and free Wi-Fi.
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.
Self-catering with 4 units, £420-£850 pupw sleeps 4-6, Keswick
A 17thC working Lakeland sheep farm set in magnificent scenery. Beautifully converted from traditional stone barns, our cottages are spacious, comfortable and well equipped.
Country House Hotel with 25 rooms, £63-£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.
things to do
The Lake District contains some of the finest mountains, lakes and climbing crags in Britain. these provide a playground for wonderful outdoor experiences.
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.
A small family-run brewery set up with quality and environmental issues at it's heart. Brewery tours and shop available.
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 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.