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.
|Fri 6 May||Guided canoe trip to Owl Island at National Trust Keswick Lakeside Shop|
|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|
|Sun 8 May||Force Crag Mine Open Day at National Trust Keswick Lakeside Shop|
|Wed 11 May||Keswick Museum FREE Late Night Opening - 11th May at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery|
|Thu 12 May||FREE Riverfly Session with West Cumbria Rivers Tru at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery|
|Thu 12 - Sun 15 May||Keswick Jazz Festival at Theatre by the Lake|
keswick hotels, b&bs and guesthouses
Bed & Breakfast with 11 rooms, £50-£72 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.
Bed & Breakfast with 6 rooms, £35-£70 prpnb, Keswick
Typical Victorian Lakeland town house, ideal base for walking, cycling and touring. Two minutes walk from the centre of town, lake and main bus links. Friendly relaxed atmosphere, providing good hearty breakfasts.
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.
Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £28-£38 pppnb, Keswick
Ash Tree House is a traditional detached Lakeland stone house, built in 1851. It has en suite rooms and is close to the ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle and all the amenities of the town centre.
Guest House with 7 rooms, £35-£42 pppnb, Keswick
Charming 18thC former farmhouse, close to Keswick & Ullswater. Set amid panoramic views of surrounding fells. Individually designed en-suite rooms, guest lounge, free onsite car parking, dogs welcome, cycle storage & free WiFi.
things to do
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.
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.
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.
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.