The market town of Keswick is a great base from which to explore the delights of the Lake District. Situated in the heart of the region, just north of Derwentwater and four miles from Bassenthwaite with easy access from the M6, it’s no wonder many holidaymakers choose to locate here for their Cumbrian visit.

The town itself offers some great cultural attractions including the Alhambra, the oldest surviving cinema, the award-winning Keswick Museum and Art Gallery and Theatre by the Lake,  described by the Independent newspaper as “the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain." Boasting two stages and a busy schedule of plays from both the resident company and touring theatre groups, it is well worth a visit.

If you’re after something a little more adrenalin-fuelled, Keswick is home to some of the Lake District’s best activity providers. Whether it’s Ghyll Scrambling, rock climbing, abseiling, canyoning, canoeing or mountain biking, you’re in the best spot for expert advice and guided adventures. Walkers are also well catered for here with plenty of routes, of varying lengths and difficulties, to choose from.

And after you’ve built up an appetite, Keswick has a great selection of cafes and tea rooms for sweet treats and a number of British themed eateries perfect for traditional pub grub and local specialities, such as the renowned Cumberland sausage.

Don’t miss: The Keswick market is a great place to stock up on supplies for your cottage kitchen as well as a number of home items, clothes and gifts. It’s on every Saturday and Thursday in the Market Square.

Keswick’s Treasures – Our Top Five Local Attractions


1) Keswick Museum and Art Gallery:  A Victorian-inspired museum with local roman treasures.

2) The Chalet Tearooms and Restaurant: This rustic tearoom is a great stop for hungry hikers.

3) Honister Slate Mine: Brave a skywalk or delve underground at England’s last working slate mine.

4) Theatre By The Lake: A beautiful contemporary playhouse adored by the community.

5) Castlerigg Stone Circle: This mysterious ancient site is a stunning spot for photographers.

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