- Museums and Art Galleries
Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)
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.
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Parking Available On-site
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
Southey Works, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5NG, England
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
Artisan Café serves delightful homemade cakes, scones, plus barista coffees and teas
Fresh food cooked to order
Kids’ menu available
Babies changing facilities can be found in the disabled toilet.
In the shop they sell the entire range of Derwent Pencils, watercolour and colouring. Along with a selection of Cumbrian crafts, colouring books and a range of bespoke pencil jewellery.
Baby food facilities
They can warm your baby's food. Just ask a member of the team.
Lovely way to spend an hour or two.
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.