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Derwent Pencil Museum

| Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
+44 17687 73626
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We visited before the floods and really enjoyed it , so now it has reopened we came back again with... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sindymichele S
via mobile
Interesting to pass time whilst it's raining

Despite some of the negative reviews I visited this museum rather than go clothes shopping with my... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Derwent Pencil Museum Keswick Opening times Open every day included Sunday 09.30-17.00pm (except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day). Parking Please Note - The car park is operated by Allerdale Bourgh Council and is not part of the Derwent Pencil Museum - parking charges apply. Admission prices Adults £4.50 Senior/student £4.50 Child £3.95 2 adults +1 child £12.50 2 adults + 2 Children £14.50 2 adults + 3 children £16.50 Yearly Membership ( 2 adults + up to 3 children) £25.00 plus 10% discount in the café and gift shop.
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  • Very good41%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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| Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
+44 17687 73626
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited before the floods and really enjoyed it , so now it has reopened we came back again with our daughter and 2 dogs and it was as good as before.

Thank Sindymichele S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Despite some of the negative reviews I visited this museum rather than go clothes shopping with my wife and I had the better experience. It claims on the entry board to be "The home of the largest pencil". This is not true as the Guinness...More

Thank Dorset_Food_Fan
Reviewed 4 days ago

First visit was about 6 years ago and at that time I was pleasantly surprised - it was a. worthwhile and interesting visit. Sadly since the flood, all the character has been flushed away and it is a now a very sterile experience. There are...More

Thank KevinLeah
Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum was okay, but only for a short visit unless you are a pencil enthusiast. Learning about how the industry commenced and the link to James Bond were the main points of interest for us.

Thank Stuart H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We first visited maybe 3 or 4 years ago and absolutely loved it. We spent maybe a couple of hours there and both my wife and I and are 2 kids thoroughly enjoyed it. OMG we visited today and we're in and out after 10...More

Thank paulmarsden79
Reviewed 6 days ago

I remembered going to this museum 10 years ago. There have been floods in the meantime. This means there is now a new and hopefully flood proof building. Very bright and clean. A lot of things were destroyed, but donations have meant that they can...More

Thank bec1623
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's getting on for 30 years since we last visited it, and although the setting is a bit dismal with the derilict factory nearby the café is light and modern serving cakes, burgers sandwiches etc and coffee. The museum has been refurbished following the 2015...More

Thank Ian-Swaledale
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a very wet & windy Sunday, The Pencil Museum seemed an obvious alternative to hiking in the hills. In front of the disused old pencil factory is a tin hut which looked rather unpromising. However, a mock up of a graphite mine tunnel immediately...More

Thank 31melly
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife has long wanted to visit this little museum but to be honest it was fairly average. It is though quite interesting to learn about pencil manufacturing in the Lakes

Thank William K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to the pencil museum. It is fairly new as the old one was flooded in the 2015 bad December floods. It was actually very interesting and our 3 year old loved it too especially the colouring in section. We were also...More

Thank nessie35
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Questions & Answers
1 June 2017|
Response from pencilmuseum | Property representative |
Hello - yes we welcome dogs into the museum on a lead they can't unfortunately go in the cafe but we have outside seating. Kind Regards Derwent Pencil Museum
Lucy G
12 April 2017|
Response from Derwent P | Property representative |
Hi Lucy, we are hoping to reopen on Friday, 26th May. We have been refurbishing the Museum after a severe flood last year.