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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, £45-£180 prpn

Dining Room

Bramblewood Cottage Guest House

Guest House with 6 rooms, £36-£43 pppnb

Claremont House

Claremont House

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

Lanefoot Farm Campsite

Lanefoot Farm Campsite

Touring & Camping Park with 42 pitches, £10-£28 ptpn

Acorn House bedroom

Acorn House

Guest House with 9 rooms, £85-£110 prpn

Brackenrigg

Brackenrigg

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

The Lingholm Estate

The Lingholm Estate

Self-catering with 12 units, £415-£4340 pupw sleeps 1-12

Keswick Country House Hotel

The Keswick Country House Hotel

Hotel with 74 rooms, £44-£148 pppnb

Sunnyside Guest House at Night

Sunnyside Guest House

Guest House with 7 rooms, £59-£157 prpnb

Littlefield

Littlefield

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £70-£90 prpnb

Manesty Holiday Cottages

Manesty Holiday Cottages

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

Brookfield - dining room

Brookfield

Guest House with 4 rooms, £62-£87 prpn, £62-£130 prpnb

Fell House

Fell House

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

Breakfast at Glencoe

Glencoe Guest House

Guest House with 6 rooms, £39-£42 pppnb

Keswick View

Keswick View

Self-catering with 3 units, £360-£760 pupw sleeps 1-5

Lyzzick Hall Hotel

Lyzzick Hall Hotel

Country House Hotel with 30 rooms, £168-£214 prpnb

Ashness Farm

Ashness Farm

Farmhouse with 5 rooms, £38-£112 pppnb

Bawd Hall

Bawd Hall

Self-catering with 1 unit, £1010-£2270 pupw sleeps 4-10

Stair Cottage

Stair Cottage

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

Retro caravan at Manesty

Retro Caravan at Manesty

Individual Caravan with 1 unit, £0-£438 pupw sleeps 1-4

Over Brandelhow kitchen

Over Brandelhow

Self-catering with 1 unit, £550-£1145 pupw sleeps 1-6

Leonard`s Field House

Leonards Field House

Guest House with 5 rooms, £43-£45 pppnb

Leathes Head Hotel

The Leathes Head Hotel

Hotel with 12 rooms, £75-£1450 pppnb

The Cottage in the Wood

The Cottage in the Wood

Restaurant with Rooms with 9 rooms, £50-£110 pppnb

Things to do

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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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Map and parking

View and download a map of Keswick town centre showing all the car parks in the town.
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  • Otley Road Long Stay Car Park - maximum stay 24 hours, capacity 87
  • Bell Close Short Stay Car Park - maximum stay 2 hours, capacity 121, disabled spaces 8, motorcyles free in designated bays
  • Central Long Stay Car Park - maximum stay 24 hours, capacity 334, disabled spaces 5, motorcyles free in designated bays
  • Lakeside Car Park - capacity 253, disabled spaces 6, coach bays 4
  • Rawnsley Hall Car Park
  • Derwent Car Park (next to the Pencil Museum)

Other Keswick Car Parks

In addition to the car parks run by Allerdale Borough Council there are also locally operated car parks run by Keswick Town Council, Keswick Football Club and Keswick Rugby Club:

  • Keswick Rugby Club Car Park, Crow Park Road
  • Crosthwaite Road Car Park, capacity 80, (access on foot into town via Fitz Park), no overnight stay

Surrounding Areas

Borrowdale Valley
Blencathra
Castlerigg Stone circle
Latrigg

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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