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
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.
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.
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 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.
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, £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.
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.
Take to the trees and tackle an exhilarating course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides high above the forest floor. Go Ape is a great experience to share with friends and family, providing lots of thrills and laughs.
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.
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.
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.