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Keswick

Keswick is centrally located in the Lake District National Park, making it the perfect place to stay when exploring the lakes and Cumbria. Only 20 minutes from junction 40 of the M6, Keswick is situated close to many of the Lake District's most well known lakes, including Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Thirlmere and Ullswater. Keswick is also ideally situated for famous Lakeland mountains such as Grizedale Pike, Skiddaw and Catbells. 
 
Book your Keswick holiday accommodation at Golakes, the official Lake District tourist board. We have a great choice of accommodation in Keswick, including hotelsb&b's, self catering cottages, campsites and don't forget to look out for special offers and fairbooking partners.
 
Use the 'Book Your Stay' search below to find your ideal place to stay in and around Keswick. 

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18/20 Cellar Bar, Dining & Rooms

18/20 Cellar Bar, Dining & Rooms

Restaurant with Rooms with 4 rooms, £70-£130 prpn

Claremont House

Claremont House

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £30-£44 pppnb

Exec Double Room

The Grange Country House

Bed & Breakfast with 10 rooms, £50-£148 prpnb

Dining Room

Bramblewood Cottage Guest House

Guest House with 6 rooms, £36-£41 pppnb

Badgers Wood

Badgers Wood

Guest House with 6 rooms, £45-£87 prpnb

Acorn House bedroom

Acorn House

Guest House with 9 rooms, £83-£110 prpn

Howe View

Howe View

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £38 pppnb

Lanefoot Farm Campsite

Lanefoot Farm Campsite

Touring & Camping Park with 42 pitches, £19-£27 ptpn

Brackenrigg

Brackenrigg

Self-catering with 4 units, £350-£2500 pupw sleeps 1-12

Fornside Farm Cottages

Fornside Farm Cottages

Self-catering with 4 units, £460-£900 pupw sleeps 4-6

The Views, Keswick

The Views, Keswick

Self-catering with 2 units, £260-£820 pupw sleeps 1-3

The Lingholm Estate

The Lingholm Estate

Self-catering with 12 units, £415-£4133 pupw sleeps 1-12

The Keswick Country House Hotel

The Keswick Country House Hotel

Hotel with 74 rooms, £60-£148 pppnb

Littlefield

Littlefield

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £70-£80 prpnb

Seymour House

Rooms36

Guest House with 6 rooms, £60-£360 pppn, £75-£320 pppnb

The Cottage in the Wood

The Cottage in the Wood

Restaurant with Rooms with 9 rooms, £63-£110 pppnb

Ashness Farm

Ashness Farm

Farmhouse with 5 rooms, £38-£98 pppnb

Breakfast at Glencoe

Glencoe Guest House

Guest House with 6 rooms, £39-£41 pppnb

Manesty Holiday Cottages

Manesty Holiday Cottages

Self-catering with 7 units, £408-£1199 pupw sleeps 2-8

Stair Cottage

Stair Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £570-£1190 pupw sleeps 1-5

Fell House

Fell House

Guest House with 5 rooms, £75-£85 prpnb

Keswick View

Keswick View

Self-catering with 3 units, £360-£745 pupw sleeps 1-5

Leonard`s Field House

Leonards Field House

Guest House with 5 rooms, £42-£45 pppnb

Leathes Head Hotel

The Leathes Head Hotel

Hotel with 12 rooms, £50-£300 pppnb

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There are a variety of events taking place in and around the Keswick area. From mountain art exhibitions or catching a play at the Theatre by the Lake, check out what is on during your visit and browse the events of most interest to you.

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Surrounding Areas

Borrowdale Valley
Blencathra
Castlerigg Stone circle
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History of Keswick

Castlerigg Stone circle
Sign
Little is known about the early history of Keswick, but 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.
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