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.
|Sat 28 Mar||Bishop Yards School of Dance - Alice in Wonderland at Theatre by the Lake|
|Sat 28 - Mon 30 Mar||Children's Cartoon Drawing Workshop at The Pencil Museum|
|Sat 28 Mar||Two at Theatre by the Lake|
|Sun 29 Mar||Lonely Hearts at Theatre by the Lake|
|Sun 29 Mar||Pravin Godkhindi at Theatre by the Lake|
|Mon 30 - Tue 31 Mar||Two at Theatre by the Lake|
|Tue 31 Mar - Thu 2 Apr||Cartooning, Drawing & Painting with Shoo Rayner at The Pencil Museum|
keswick hotels, b&bs and guesthouses
Country House Hotel with 7 rooms, £69-£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.
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.
Self-catering with 1 unit, £380-£780 pupw sleeps 5, Keswick
Spacious and comfortable 3 bedroom house with fell views in quiet location close to Keswick town centre. Private parking and patio.Bed linen, power and Broadband / Wi-Fi included. Sorry no pets, brochure and website available.
Country House Hotel with 9 rooms, £10-£250 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.
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.
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.
things to do
Set on the shores of Derwentwater in Keswick, Theatre by the Lake is Cumbria's only year-round professional producing theatre. Hosting a wide range of visiting drama, music, dance, talks, comedy and film.
Activities based around Keswick. Rock climbing and abseiling in Borrowdale. Ghyll scrambling at Newlands Valley and canoeing on Derwentwater.
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.
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.