Keswick – The Town

Nestling in a stunning backdrop of the Lakeland fells, Keswick offers an idyllic landscape to visit and stay. It is a beautiful market town located on the shores of Derwentwater in the breath-taking Lake District, which was awarded World Heritage Site status in July 2017.

Keswick is a major tourist centre, steeped in a rich history, offering everything from a wide range of outdoor pursuits and children’s attractions to a vast array of cafés, restaurants and tea shops as well as a wealth of shops, including food, clothing and gifts.

And there are plenty of places to stay, including campsites, B&Bs, self-catering and hotels. For further information on accommodation see our Plan Your Visit to Keswick section.

So, whether it’s a relaxing lakeside stroll, an invigorating hike or a meal in one of the town’s excellent eateries you’re after, you will find everything you need right here in Keswick – a perfect place to reflect, inspire and enjoy!

Directions

Car – From the M6 – take the A66 westbound, turning off at Junction 40 to Keswick.

Nearest major airports are Newcastle, Manchester, Tees Valley and Glasgow.

Nearest ports are Heysham
& Stranraer.

Visit Keswick Lake District Guide

View the Visit Keswick 2023 guide for the best of Keswick accommodation, dining, shopping, event and attractions.

Packed with lots of useful and interesting information, with an underlying theme of sustainability, the guide will inspire you to make the most of your visit to Keswick!

Enjoy Keswick

The Enjoy Keswick website, developed by Keswick Ministries introduces visitors to the many great restaurants, shops and other activities that can be enjoyed during your stay.

Keswick has so much to offer. You can explore the outdoors, go hiking, climbing, canoeing, ghyll scrambling or take days out at the spa, dining, shopping and relaxing in the many cafés – there is something for everyone.

What other local initiatives are Keswick Ministries involved in?

  • Keswick Ministries owns the Rawnsley and Pencil Factory pay and display car parks, which are administered by Allerdale Borough Council. Free car parking has been available at the car park on occasion, such as Christmas events in Keswick, in line with other Allerdale-run car parks in the town.
  • Our premises are regularly let out to community groups including Keswick Archers and Theatre by the Lake.
  • A town liaison forum, launched by Keswick Ministries, is held every quarter. It was set up to encourage more two-way communication between The Convention and the town, and to engender a greater level of connection between the town and the Conventioners. This has been a great opportunity to engage with business people and councillors, strengthen relations with the town and get feedback about The Convention. Topics discussed at the meetings include the Convention programme, latest news from Keswick Ministries, parking, security and updates on the pencil factory.
  • Keswick Ministries is the landlord of the Derwent Pencil Museum– which is situated just a stone’s throw from the former pencil factory!
  • Each year, the Mayor of Keswick attends the launch of Keswick Convention. During the three weeks of the summer event, local dignitaries are invited to the Saturday meetings and we also hold a press breakfast in Week One of the Convention for press and council members.
  • During the Convention, Keswick Ministries provide speakers for many local churches.
  • The Friends of Keswick loyalty card scheme, which ran in 2018 and 2019, aimed to promote local businesses and the local economy. Founding members of the initiative are the Keswick Tourism Association (KTA), Keswick Ministries and Newlands Activity Centre.
  • Staff took part in a day of volunteering at Hope Park in Keswick in 2019.
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