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 1 Nov||Dracula at Theatre by the Lake|
|Sat 1 Nov||Seeing the Lights at Theatre by the Lake|
|Sat 1 Nov||The Hope Northern Skeleton Run at Whinlatter Forest & Visitor Centre|
|Sun 2 Nov||Nicholas Crane: Maplines at Theatre by the Lake|
|Mon 3 Nov||Old Times at Theatre by the Lake|
|Mon 3 Nov||The Comedy of Errors at Theatre by the Lake|
|Tue 4 Nov||Rookery Nook 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.
Guest 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.
Self-catering with 2 units, £260-£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.
Country House Hotel with 7 rooms, £74-£124 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 3 units, £74-£177 pupn sleeps 4, Keswick
Limestone Lodges are three luxury self-catering lodges situated on the northern edge of the Lake District National park, five minutes from Bassenthwaite and fifteen minutes from Keswick.
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.
Activities based around Keswick. Rock climbing and abseiling in Borrowdale. Ghyll scrambling at Newlands Valley and canoeing on Derwentwater.
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.