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Visit Keswick

Keswick Spectacular scenery. You would have to go a long way to beat it anywhere in the UK, or anywhere else. Keswick Mr & Mrs Bennett, Kent

There's plenty to see and do

By the shores of Derwentwater, the market town of Keswick has more than enough to fill any short break or holiday. Whether lake cruises are your thing, or you’re more interested in romantic woodland walks, you’ll be in your element. This Fairtrade Town hosts a plentiful number of festivals including an annual film festival, beer festival and the Keswick Mountain Festival with a variety of sporting events.

Writers through the ages have found inspiration in the countryside surroundings of Keswick. They include Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Fawe Park was the setting of Potter’s ‘Tale of Benjamin Bunny’.

Whether you’re staying in a hotel or apartment in Keswick, you’ll be able to enjoy a wide range of attractions including shows and performances at the Theatre by the Lake. The Cumberland Pencil Museum is an interesting attraction and is home to the world’s largest pencil, whilst the prehistoric Castlerigg Stone Circle is framed by the spectacular Helvellyn in the distance.

If you’re feeling active, you can spend a day at ‘Go Ape!’ where there are zip wires, tree trails and rope swings. Alternatively, hire a canoe, sailing boat or dragon boat and take to the water on your own. Brewery tours at the Keswick Brewery are undoubtedly a favourite with adults, whilst kids enjoy the Keswick Wildlife Park set in 25 acres of rolling countryside near Bassenthwaite Lake.

One of the most well-known of Keswick’s attractions is the Honister Slate Mine, which is the last working slate mine in England. If a guided tour feels a little too tame, then why not brave the Via Ferrata which allows you to traverse the rock face safely?

No matter how long you’ve set aside for your holiday in Keswick, you’ll want to stay a little longer. Choose the Derwentwater Hotel for a wonderful stay in peaceful surroundings by the Lake, or one of the Derwent Manor Apartments for the convenience of a self-catering stay with your own kitchen in which to prepare all of your favourite meals.

Top local attractions

Derwent Island and House
Derwent Island and House Lake Derwentwater, Cumbria
Muncaster Castle and Garden
Muncaster Castle and Garden Ravenglass, Cumbria
Hutton in the Forest
Hutton in the Forest Penrith, Cumbria
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Upcoming events

Event Date
Keswick Beer Festival (5 - 6 June)
Appleby Horse Fair (4 - 10 June)
Jazz Festival (4 - 6 May)
Keswick Mountain Festival (14 - 17 May)
Buttermere Open Water Swim (20 September)

Hotels in Keswick

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Relax, unwind and get away from it all in The Derwentwater Hotel. From the conservatory you can enjoy a very pleasant stroll down to the waterside.