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
The price is AU$206 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 AU$379 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 AU$262 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

Reviews of Keswick


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4/5 - Good

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14 Aug. 2019

Lovely walking around the lakes and the Slate mine was fascinating thanks to Donald our guide!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 May 2019

It’s great as a centre for many Lakes Didstict activities.

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