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.
|Mon 22 Sep||Dracula at Theatre by the Lake|
|Mon 22 Sep||Seeing the Lights at Theatre by the Lake|
|Tue 23 Sep||Old Times at Theatre by the Lake|
|Tue 23 Sep||The Comedy of Errors at Theatre by the Lake|
|Wed 24 Sep||Old Times at Theatre by the Lake|
|Wed 24 Sep||The Comedy of Errors at Theatre by the Lake|
|Thu 25 Sep||Rookery Nook at Theatre by the Lake|
keswick hotels, b&bs and guesthouses
Guest House with 9 rooms, £36-£48 pppnb, Keswick
Detached Georgian house set in well-maintained gardens. Spacious rooms, all have been tastefully refurbished. Four poster beds available. Quietly situated, yet close to the town centre and lake. Real log fires.
Guest House with 6 rooms, £35-£40 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 1 unit, £320-£490 pupw sleeps 3, Keswick
Nestling in the lea of Carrock Fell, sheltered by its own woods and pastures, Bannest Hill has uninterrupted views of the Lakeland Fells, the Pennines and the distant hills of the Scottish Borders.
Self-catering with 2 units, £340-£690 pupw sleeps 4-6, Keswick
2 well equipped Lakeland cottages located within easy walking distance to the famous marketing town of Keswick. Private parking. We accept one adult house trained dog per cottage.
Guest House with 7 rooms, £39-£53 pppnb, Keswick
Allerdale House is situated in a quiet location close to the centre of Keswick and Derwentwater with private parking for all guests cars and free Wi-Fi throughout the house. A warm welcome awaits you.
Self-catering with 4 units, £395-£835 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.
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.
things to do
Keswick Adventure provide all manner of adventure activities in the outdoors catering for individuals, families, groups, businesses and school groups. Our activities include ghyll scrambling, rock climbing and abseiling and canoeing.
The Lake District contains some of the finest mountains, lakes and climbing crags in Britain. these provide a playground for wonderful outdoor experiences.
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, pannins, soups and crepes.
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.