Things to see and do in or near Keswick
Keswick is located in the Northern Lake District, 16 miles West of Penrith and 30 miles South of Carlisle. The town is situated at the foot of the Skiddaw mountain range and at the Northern end of Derwentwater, the widest lake in the Lake District. The town attracts a wide range of visitors who enjoy the beauty of the area. There are variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries, a cinema, leisure centre, museum and well reputed theatre. There are also some stunning parks and the nearby lake, where you can hire rowing boats or take the launch. A number of places of interest nearby make this an exciting area to stay.
Keswick is a haven for walkers who visit the beautiful town as a base for some of the best and most famous walks in England. Many visitors travel down Borrowdale Valley which is the most direct route to ascend Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. There are many other activities to choose from in the area including cycling, water sports, fishing, bird watching and golf.
Below is a selection of website links to activities in and around Keswick. There are many activities, for all ages and abilities, in the Lake District and Cumbria. Please browse the sites below (the titles are all links to the relevant sites):
The Beer FestivalKeswick’s ever popular Beer Festival
Keswick Jazz FestivalNow in its 23rd year!
Keswick Mountain FestivalAdventure for everyone!
Words by the WaterA Festival of Words and Ideas
Keswick ConventionChallenging, refreshing, unique
Platty PlusSailing lessons on Derwentwater
Watendlath Trout FishingNo permits required for this weekly stocked tarn
Keswick Climbing WallExcellent facilities near town centre
Keswick Golf ClubStunning mountain course in Threlkeld
Keswick Canoe CompanyCanoeing adventures for all abilities
Cumbria GyroplanesTake a flight in a gyroplane, the Lake District from above!
Places of Interest
Theatre by the LakeFamous theatre located near Lake Derwentwater
The Pencil MuseumWorld famous museum of pencils
Alhambra CinemaCosy, traditional cinema in Keswick
Honister Slate MineWatch slate splitting
Mirehouse Historic HouseHistorical house
Keswick LaunchCruises on Derwentwater
Osprey viewpointVisit the Osprey viewpoint at Dodd Wood
Further information can be found on the Keswick Tourist Information website www.keswick.org or by telephoning the Tourist Information Centre on 017687 72645.