Derwent Pencil Museum

4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)
  • Keswick
  • Indoor
  • Ages 0-12
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

Derwent Pencil Museum (previously Cumberland Pencil Museum), situated in Keswick, Cumbria, in the heart of the Lake District, is a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do.

Be amazed at the world's longest colour pencil, marvel at the James Bond style World War II pencil, follow the history of pencil making in words, pictures and lovingly restored machinery, find out exactly how they get a lead into a pencil today and there's a funky Kids Art Studio, where they hold art and crafts events throughout the year.

There is an ever changing programme of free demonstrations, tuition workshops and family fun days designed to appeal to everyone whether you are a doodler, a sketcher or an aspiring artist.

If you would like to visit regularly, a Family Membership Pass is available that covers entry to the museum for 12 months, plus a 10 per cent discount in the retail shop.

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Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 17:00 


General Admission
Adults: £4.95
Kids: £3.95
Concessions: £4.50

Travel & Contact Information


Southey Works, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5NG, England

Phone number

017687 73626



Click here to visit Derwent Pencil Museum's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Derwent Pencil Museum has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

Yes, Derwent Pencil Museum is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Derwent Pencil Museum have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Derwent Pencil Museum has not told us if they are dog friendly.


Lovely way to spend an hour or two. 4 out of 5 stars

Visited today ,very pleasantly surprised by how interesting this place is.learned so many facts about the beginnings of graphite and how valuable (more valuable than gold at one point in history )the use of pencils in wartime to hide maps and the way graphite was obtained from the earth.

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