Derwent Pencil Museum | Day Out With The Kids

Derwent Pencil Museum

4 star Rating 4 / 5 1 reviews

Keswick, Cumbria, England

  • Girl by giant pencil at Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick
  • Kids with mascot at Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick
  • Visitors at Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick

Attraction Information

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Ages: 0-12

Venue type: Indoor

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.


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Pushchair Pushchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Derwent Pencil Museum's website
017687 73626

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 17:00 


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

More Information


Lovely way to spend an hour or two.

4 star Rating 4 / 5

Written by Cheshire5419 . 16.09.18

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.