Keswick
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Keswick showing markets and street scenes 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.

Keswick Park Hotel
Keswick Park Hotel
3.5 out of 5
33 Station Rd, Keswick, England
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Situated on a river, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery and Derwentwater. Hope Park and Cumberland Pencil Museum are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (88 reviews)
Good location,clean hotel.

"A well located hotel. Pleasant room,very clean. Everything that was needed for my break away. Helpful guy on desk. Free parking was good too."…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Keswick Park Hotel
Inn On The Square
Inn On The Square
4 out of 5
Main Street, Keswick, England
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Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery and Derwentwater. Cumberland Pencil Museum and Hope Park ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (121 reviews)

"Lovely hotel , very welcoming for us and our dogs , beautiful room"…"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2020

Inn On The Square
The Grange Country House
The Grange Country House
5 out of 5
MANOR BROW, Ambleside Road, Keswick, England
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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! (151 reviews)
Lovely quiet guest house

"A real gem of a find, walkable from town (steep hill, be warned), very quiet surroundings and homely feel. An enthusiastic young lady checked us in and showed to room. The same lady presented a wholesome breakfast for 2 of the 3 mornings. Unfortunately a different lady (owner?)was on duty on the ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

The Grange Country House
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Keswick, Garden Apartment for 2. Excellent Location.convenient for all Amenities
Keswick, Garden Apartment for 2. Excellent Location.convenient for all Amenities
Keswick, ENG

Situated in Keswick, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery and Derwentwater. Hope Park and Cumberland ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Lovely

"This is a lovely little apartment less than 5 minutes walk into Keswick town centre. The owner met us on arrival and departure and was pleasant and friendly. The apartment is small but perfectly formed and was ideal for the two of us. We didn't use the kitchen much as we ate out but it seemed well ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Keswick, Garden Apartment for 2. Excellent Location.convenient for all Amenities
Luxury Lodge, Bassenthwaite,nr Keswick, at the Foot of Skiddaw
Luxury Lodge, Bassenthwaite,nr Keswick, at the Foot of Skiddaw
Keswick, ENG

Situated on a lake, this historic cabin is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Bassenthwaite Lake and within 3 mi (5 km) of Church Bay and Lake District Wildlife Park. Mirehouse ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)
Lovely lodge with gorgeous views of Bassenthwaite lake

"Very clean, all you need, well located on a nice site. Very remote but worth it if you want a rest and perfect for the situation we are in at present 😊"…"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

Luxury Lodge, Bassenthwaite,nr Keswick, at the Foot of Skiddaw
A 2 Bedroomed Apartment in the Middle of Keswick With Fantastic Mountain Views
A 2 Bedroomed Apartment in the Middle of Keswick With Fantastic Mountain Views
Keswick, ENG

This family-friendly Keswick apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery and Derwentwater. Hope Park and Cumberland Pencil ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (69 reviews)
Great location

"Excellent central location, lovely big sitting room with beautiful views and parking very close and easy. There was a small hitch (beyond owner's control) when we arrived that was dealt with very efficiently and quickly, as soon as we let the owner know."…"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2020

A 2 Bedroomed Apartment in the Middle of Keswick With Fantastic Mountain Views
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Oct 17, 2019

Not so fun for small children. Our day was unfortunately during a downpour. But Castlerigg made it worth the visit.

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 30, 2019

Several excellent hikes directly from town. We most enjoyed taking a ferry to Haws End and walking up and around Catbells. Nice choices of restaurants and pubs recommended by Stonegarth.

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 23, 2019

Keswick has a good range of walkable options close to the Squirrel Lodge. The pedestrian mall works out very well, and you are within a short driving distance of many, many hikes or bike rides. Ben and Fiona are very outgoing and excellent hosts.

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 15, 2019

Glorious town in the heart of the Lake District with an interesting history and much experience with serving tourists. The views and scenery around Keswick are splendid, even on days when there is fog and rain.

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 10, 2019

Be sure to grab a bite at some point at Fellpack. The meals there are terrific.

4/5 - Good

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May 21, 2019

Be forewarned-everything except restaurants close promptly at 5:00. This is really a town geared for enjoying the beautiful scenery and outdoors in the surrounding area.

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