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Derwent Pencil Museum, Keswick

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Home to the largest colored pencil in the world, Derwent Pencil Museum hosts over 80,000 visitors every year. You’ll learn about the production of pencils and their importance to the local economy. The museum offers free demonstrations of colored pencil drawing. Both temporary and permanent exhibits occupy the museum's rooms, so check the website’s calendar of events before your visit. Put Derwent Pencil Museum into our Keswick travel itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Keswick.
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Cottages and B&Bs are scattered over the valley, and many offer views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. The town center's Victorian edifices often hide guestrooms that overlook the charming streets. Consider a B&B or inn with views of the hills close to the town center and enjoy the best of both worlds.
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  • Went to the re-opening of this lovely Museum since it was flooded out in Storm Desmond 18months ago. Dont understand some of the negative comments on this website, and do wonder what some people are e...  more »
  • Decided to visit from West Yorkshire on a day trip. Was really easy to find. As expected in a tourist area parking was charges for and so decided to pay for full days parking as we were going to the l...  more »
  • This is a little gem of a museum. We visited here the other day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Before we came we did look on TripAdvisor and have got to say it did make us slightly weary but you al...  more »
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  • Revisiting for the first time since the flood. What a transformation. It is light and airy inside and I particularly liked the "graphite pencil" exterior. The staff are friendly and helpful and I wish them well. It will take a few visits to completely absorb all the information in the museum, and am looking forward to the resumption of classes. These cannot come soon enough as they are an inspiring experience, one returns home armed with materials purchased from the shop and a determination to continue drawing. Every good wish for the future. We will be back!!
  • Reopened and completely refurbished. Museum light airy and modern for the history of graphite and pencil making with interesting exhibits through the ages. The videocscreens show how the pencils are made at the factory. A fascinating process. The new classroom/drawing area is modern and equipped to a high standard with closing doors off the museum for art classes. The art classes are a terrific experience and hopefully will start again soon. The shop supplies every kind of art material that Derwent manufacture with lots of special offers together with art books. It is a drawers paradise. There are tubs of pencils and paper out for young and older children to experiment with. The cafe serves snacks and light meals together with good quality tea and coffee. Everything is new and the staff bend over backwards to make the visit experience special. They are just breaking the new premises in. A wonderful effort so far.
  • Total revamp of this popular museum. Very well done and informative with shop and cafe. As a single-room museum it perhaps isn't the kind of place you could spend hours in, more of an hour or so. The kids enjoyed the drawing area.
  • Extremely disappointing. Not worth the entrance fee at all despite being given a pencil to keep. Consists of one room, with boards to read on the walls which are repetitive and not suitable for young children. Not a lot going on. We won't be going back and don't recommend this.
  • A little small, but interesting with an area you can drawer using their pencils