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Keswick

Travel Guide
Keswick showing street scenes and markets as well as a large group of people

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.

Castle Inn Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western
Castle Inn Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western
4 out of 5
Bassenthwaite, Keswick, England
The price is £96 per night from 19 Aug to 19 Aug
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake District Wildlife Park and Bassenthwaite Lake. Lake District National Park and Theatre By The Lake ...
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Castle Inn Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western
The Grange Country House
The Grange Country House
5 out of 5
Situated in a rural location, this luxury guesthouse is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Derwentwater, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Lodore Falls and Lake District National ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (161 reviews)
"A great stay, local to town Very good breakfast, really friendly staff 👍"

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2021

The Grange Country House
Keswick Park Hotel
Keswick Park Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The price is £140 per night from 9 Aug to 9 Aug
Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery and Derwentwater. Hope Park and Cumberland Pencil Museum ...
4.2/5Excellent! (91 reviews)
"Room clean and excellent shower. Staff nice and friendly. Car park absolutely tiny and really struggled to get parked ok."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

Keswick Park Hotel
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The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
2.5 out of 5
Willow House Caravan Park, Wigginton Road, York, England
The price is £65 per night from 17 Aug to 17 Aug
Situated in York, this spa cabin is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Yearsley Pool and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Bootham Crescent Stadium. York Minster and Shambles are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (41 reviews)
"Quaint, clean, private, and surrounded by nature. A perfect place for a relaxing getaway."

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

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SACO Bath - St James's Parade
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
4 out of 5
The price is £120 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Located in Bath City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps away from SouthGate Bath, Thermae Bath Spa and Roman Baths. Theatre Royal Bath and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (717 reviews)
"Spacious apartment with very good, spotless kitchen facilities; excellent central location close to station and large public carpark. I would definitely book here again."

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2021

SACO Bath - St James's Parade
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England
The price is £118 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in York, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Castle Museum. York Dungeon and York Grand Opera ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,066 reviews)
"The hotel had a great location, ten minute walk to most attractions. Staff were excellent. We had an accessible room fir my husband. Would not book an accessible room again as in the 5th floor and away at back through 2 other doors, not ideal in an emergency. Next time will book a normal ground floor ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
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