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Keswick

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
The price is SG$173 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! (121 reviews)
Royal Oak welcoming & dog friendly.

"Staff are great, always helpful and friendly. Great location , good price. Great food , good breakfast . Super dog friendly. Nice pub."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar,2020

Royal Oak at Keswick
Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa
Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
The price is SG$290 per night

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lodore Falls and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Derwent Water. Bowder Stone and Theatre By The Lake are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (82 reviews)
Lovely trip

"Great hotel, great service. Room wasn't the best. Couldn't have the window open due to air con units and fans from the kitchen. Other than that great experience."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar,2020

Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa
The Borrowdale Hotel
The Borrowdale Hotel
4 out of 5
Borrowdale, Keswick, England
The price is SG$225 per night

Situated in a national park, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Lodore Falls and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Derwent Water. Bowder Stone is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

4.2/5Very Good! (52 reviews)
Weekend with our dog

"Really enjoyed our stay. Very pet friendly, when the weather was wet and windy it was lovely to sit in front of a roaring fire chatting with other guests. We ate in the hotel both nights and was very good. Although breakfast on the 2nd day could have been better. We booked a standard after being ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar,2020

The Borrowdale Hotel

Top things to do in Keswick

High Adventure from Keswick
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High Adventure from Keswick

SG$87
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
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

SG$87
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour
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Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour

SG$87
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Lake District Day Trip by Train with Lake Windermere Cruise & Afternoon Tea
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Lake District Day Trip by Train with Lake Windermere Cruise & Afternoon Tea

SG$394
Per adult
Lake District Day Trip with Cream Tea & Windermere Cruise
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Lake District Day Trip with Cream Tea & Windermere Cruise

SG$402
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Ghyll Scrambling Water Adventure in the Lake District
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Ghyll Scrambling Water Adventure in the Lake District

SG$172
Per adult

Reviews of Keswick

4.7

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Feb 2020

Lovely place, good drinking options. Well worth a visit to the Lakes Distillery also!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Feb 2020

No I want to keep quiet about it’s beauty

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Feb 2020

We love Keswick & often stay here to do a little walking & enjoy the great pubs & pub food at night

5/5 - Excellent

Chris+Depa

24 Jan 2020

Highly recommend the Cheese Deli in Keswick (if you like cheese)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jan 2020

We love the area for its relaxed vibe with plenty of places to eat and drink.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Dec 2019

Love everything about Keswick from the warmth and friendliness of the people to the lovely variety of shops, restaurants and pubs. The beautiful views of lakes and fells. Great choice of accommodation to suit all tastes. Theatre and cinema excellent.

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