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KeswickUnited Kingdom

Peruse quaint shops and cafés, learn about the Lake Poets and rent a boat in this quaint market town.

Amid mountains and a lake, Keswick is a popular village in the Lake District. Browse the 700-year-old market and learn about the commune’s association with poets Samuel Coleridge and Robert Southey.

Experience the region’s creative scene at the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery. Its collections tell the story of the village’s social and industrial progression. Browse through galleries showcasing works by local artists and writers. Learn about the area’s history via exhibits of pre-historic tools, Roman ceramics and medieval relics.

See a 26-foot-long (8-meter) colored pencil at the Cumberland Pencil Museum. It is the former site of a large pencil manufacturing industry and has exhibits including gadget pencils from World War II. Participate in a workshop to draw with fine art pencils.

See the ornate interior and large organ of the medieval Crosthwaite Church. Look for the memorial to poet Robert Southey. Twelve consecration crosses are hung inside and outside the church.

Walk east for 1.6 mile (2.6 kilometers) from the village center to find the Castlerigg Stone Circle. The ceremonial site dating back to 3,000 B.C. is from the Neolithic period. Snap photos of the stones with a dramatic mountain backdrop.

Aside from cultural highlights, the village is a common base for exploring spectacular terrain. Prepare for your ascent of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain. Start climbing from Borrowdale for the most scenic route.

Between the mountain and Keswick lies the vast lake of Derwent Water. Enjoy views of the woodland surrounding the lake and the islands that decorate it. Rent a boat from the small marina near Keswick for an adventure on the water.

The village is north of Derwent Water in the northern section of the Lake District National Park. Take a bus or drive northwest for 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Windermere to reach the village. London is a bit more than 300 miles (500 kilometers) south.

Relish the diverse scenery and historic sites in Keswick, where natural beauty inspired some of England’s greatest poetry.

Top hotels in Keswick

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Royal Oak at Keswick
Royal Oak at Keswick
4 out of 5
Main Street, Keswick, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £130 per night

Situated in Keswick, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Keswick Museum and Art Gallery and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Derwent Water. Hope Park and Cumberland Pencil ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (123 reviews)

"We love the hotel we have stayed there twice now and always enjoy it. Great staff and friendly atmosphere. Perfect location to stay central in the lakes."…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2020

Royal Oak at Keswick
Castle Inn Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western
Castle Inn Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western
4 out of 5
The price is £76 per night

Situated on a lake, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Lake District Wildlife Park, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bassenthwaite Lake and Lake District National Park. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (266 reviews)
Great Stay

"Great hotel. So much more than it’s 3 star rating. Staff so kind, helpful and professional especially in the restaurant. Food was good and good gym."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Castle Inn Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western
The King's Head Inn
The King's Head Inn
3.5 out of 5

Situated in Keswick, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Thirlmere and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Hellvellyn. Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum and Keswick Museum and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (171 reviews)

"good attention to detail with covid measures. Room was rather small (bathroom was tiny - if I had been overweight I would have struggled to get in!) but room bright and clean. Food was fabulous - nice to find a chef who genuinely seems to care about producing good food."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2020

The King's Head Inn

Popular places to visit in Keswick

Derwent Water
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Derwent Water

4.5/5(321 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Derwent Water, a popular green space in Borrowdale. Amble around this relaxing area's lakeside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Lake District Wildlife Park
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Lake District Wildlife Park

5/5(29 reviews)

Why not visit the animals who live at Lake District Wildlife Park during your travels in Bassenthwaite? Stroll along the lakeside in this relaxing area or visit its top-notch restaurants.

Hellvellyn
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Hellvellyn

4.5/5(35 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Hellvellyn, a lovely green space in Keswick. Visit the spas and lively bars in this relaxing area.

Honister Slate Mine
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Honister Slate Mine

5/5(1 review)

You can spend an afternoon studying the exhibits at Honister Slate Mine in Borrowdale. Wander the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this relaxing area.

Castlerigg Stone Circle
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Castlerigg Stone Circle

4.5/5(46 reviews)

Find out about the history of Keswick when you spend time at Castlerigg Stone Circle. Stroll along the lakeside in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.

Hope Park
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Hope Park

5/5(1 review)

Explore the great outdoors at Hope Park, a lovely green space in Keswick. Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Keswick

Full-Day Western Lake District Tour with Heritage Railway Ride from Windermere
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Full-Day Western Lake District Tour with Heritage Railway Ride from Windermere

£50
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour
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Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour

£50
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Lake District Day Trip with Cream Tea & Windermere Cruise
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Lake District Day Trip with Cream Tea & Windermere Cruise

£229
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend

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