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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, £60-£130 prpnb

Bramblewood Cottage Guest House breakfast room

Bramblewood Cottage Guest House

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

Brackenrigg

Brackenrigg

Self-catering with 4 units, £320-£2500 pupw sleeps 1-12

Acorn House bedroom

Acorn House

Guest House with 9 rooms, £83-£105 prpn

The Views, Keswick

The Views, Keswick

Self-catering with 2 units, £260-£700 pupw sleeps 1-3

The Grange Country House bedroom

The Grange Country House

Bed & Breakfast with 10 rooms, £49-£7000 pppnb

Claremont House

Claremont House

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £30-£43 pppnb

Badgers Wood

Badgers Wood

Guest House with 6 rooms, £45-£88 prpnb

Fornside Farm Cottages

Fornside Farm Cottages

Self-catering with 4 units, £420-£850 pupw sleeps 4-6

Borrowdale Gates Hotel

Borrowdale Gates Hotel

Country House Hotel with 25 rooms, £73-£254 prpnb

Littlefield

Littlefield

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

The Cottage in the Wood

The Cottage in the Wood

Restaurant with Rooms with 9 rooms, £0-£103 pppnb

Over Brandelhow kitchen

Over Brandelhow

Self-catering with 1 unit, £550-£1065 pupw sleeps 1-6

Glencoe Guest House

Glencoe Guest House

Guest House with 6 rooms, £38-£41 pppnb

Bawd Hall

Bawd Hall

Self-catering with 1 unit, £860-£2270 pupw sleeps 4-10

Manesty Holiday Cottages

Manesty Holiday Cottages

Self-catering with 7 units, £351-£1153 pupw sleeps 2-8

Keswick View

Keswick View

Self-catering with 3 units, £360-£730 pupw sleeps 1-5

Leathes Head Hotel

The Leathes Head Hotel

Hotel with 12 rooms, £50-£300 pppnb

The Keswick Country House Hotel

The Keswick Country House Hotel

Hotel with 74 rooms, £79-£144 pppnb

Ashness Farm

Ashness Farm

Farmhouse with 5 rooms, £38-£98 pppnb

Larry outside Larry's Lodge

Larry's Lodge

Guest House with 5 rooms, £41 pppnb, £80-£82 prpnb

Stair Cottage

Stair Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £550-£1175 pupw sleeps 1-5

Retro caravan at Manesty

Retro Caravan at Manesty

Individual Caravan with 1 unit, £0-£421 pupw sleeps 1-4

Howe View

Howe View

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £37 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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