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 23 May - Wed 4 Nov||Suddenly Last Summer at Theatre by the Lake|
|Sat 23 May - Wed 4 Nov||The 39 Steps at Theatre by the Lake|
|Mon 1 - Wed 3 Jun||Flanders and Swann Revisited at Theatre by the Lake|
|Thu 4 - Sun 7 Jun||Trek the Lake District at Denton House|
|Sat 6 Jun - Fri 6 Nov||Abigail's Party at Theatre by the Lake|
|Sun 7 Jun||Borrowdale Trail Run at Nichol End Marine|
|Sat 13 Jun - Fri 6 Nov||The Lady of the Lake at Theatre by the Lake|
keswick hotels, b&bs and guesthouses
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-£125 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 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.
Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £29-£43 pppnb, Keswick
Claremont House is a large detached period property set in grounds of an acre. There are 3 king, 1 family and 2 super king/twin bedded rooms all with private en-suite shower facilities. There is guest parking, cycle storage and free Wi-Fi.
Alternative Accommodation with 4 units, £37-£49 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, £55-£70 pupn sleeps 2, Keswick
Lanefoot Loft is a studio apartment located next to the 16thC farmhouse at Lanefoot Farm. It is an excellent base for touring the northern Lake District.
Self-catering with 1 unit, £425-£650 pupw sleeps 4, Keswick
Two bedroom Lakeland cottage. Peaceful setting. Superb views of Skiddaw and Whinlatter Forest. Balcony over garden and beck. Wood-burning stove in the lounge. Excellent walking and cycling from the door. Owner maintained.
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.
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.
Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft is based in the heart of the Lake District National Park in the bustling town of Keswick. We are specialist providers of canoe tours, bush craft and wilderness skills, river trips and canoe expeditions.
Residential outdoor adventure holidays for people with disabilities, including those with the most complex needs. It’s what you can do that counts!
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.