visit keswick

  • View of Keswick & Derwentwater
  • Moot Hall Keswick
  • Derwentwater
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle by moonlight
  • Mountain Biking at Whinlatter

about keswick:


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.

keswick hotels, b&bs and guesthouses

Hazel Bank Country House

AA 5 Gold Star Guest HouseGuest House with 7 rooms, £65-£75 pppnb, Keswick

Award-winning Hazel Bank, an early Victorian country house, stands secluded and peacefully amidst beautiful 4-acre gardens with breathtaking views of Great Gable and other central Lakeland fells. Recently refurbished to exacting standards.

 
 
 
Borrowdale Gates Hotel

VisitEngland 4 Star Country House HotelCountry 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.

 
 
 
Cragside exterior

AA 4 Star Guest AccommodationGuest 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.

 
 
 
Views from The Views

Quality Cumbria AssessedSelf-catering with 1 unit, £295-£530 pupw sleeps 2, Keswick

The Views - The Holiday Cottage in the Sky. Contemporary loft conversion with some of the best views in the Lake District - Guaranteed. Located just off Keswick market square with parking. Short Breaks Available.

August 3 Night Breaks from £260
 
 
 
Burnside B&B

VisitEngland 4 Star Bed & BreakfastBed & Breakfast with 4 rooms, £32-£41 pppnb, Keswick

A warm Cumbrian welcome awaits you at Burnside B&B run by Keswick couple Peter & Sharon Garner. Located minutes from Keswick's Market Square, Derwentwater, Castlerigg Stone Circle; Burnside is an excellent base to relax and enjoy Lakeland.

10% off midweek bookings in September
 
 
 
Swinside Lodge Hotel

AA 2 Star Country House HotelCountry House Hotel with 7 rooms, £78-£132 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.

10% off midweek bookings in September
 
 
 
Shemara Guest House

VisitEngland 4 Star Guest HouseGuest 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.

 
 

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.

 
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