Sitting at the head of Derwent Water, visitors flock to Keswick to enjoy rural adventures on and off the water...
Famed for its beauty, the Lake District is the place to be for walking, cycling, horse riding, climbing, rowing and all kinds of other outdoor pursuits. Its splendour is infinite and with the arrival of every season comes a new and exciting vista, wherever you happen to be in the Lake District National Park. Keswick is a great destination in which to stay. It offers easy access to the Northern Lakes and is an attractive and buzzing small town. There are shops, restaurants, pubs, gardens, museums, and a visitor centre to offer help when it comes to selecting one of the walking or cycling routes that whirl away from the town.
Within easy reach of Keswick are Bassenthwaite Lake, Whinlatter Forest Park, and Thirlmere.
There is a wide range of accommodation options for holidaymakers taking a break in Keswick...
In Keswick, hotels are busy year round as no kind of weather can put off the hordes of tourists who flock to the region. Come rain, snow, or sunshine, the hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses of Keswick buzz with breakfast chatter about the adventures that lie ahead.
You can check into friendly B&Bs and guesthouses in the centre and outlying areas of the town. It takes only 30 minutes to cross the entire town on foot, so wherever you stay in Keswick itself you will be close to all there is to see and do in the town. The town centre is home to a number of good independent hotels, while the luxury hotels in Keswick tend to be in grand manor houses and country lodges on the outskirts. There are camping and caravanning facilities around Keswick too, plus self-catering cottages and houses.
A gateway to the Northern Lakes, the attractions of Keswick are boundless...
Here are five of the best things to see and do in and around Keswick:
Top five attractions
Also called Derwentwater, you can hop aboard a pleasure cruise or hire a vessel (boats and canoes are just two of the suggested methods of transport!) to see the lake at your own pace.
The Puzzling Place
This is a great rainy-day activity if the children simply won't walk anywhere when it's wet! It's a series of fun attractions that play on optical illusions to deceive the eyes.
Keswick Climbing Wall
Test your skills before doing the real thing at this indoor and outdoor adventure centre, which is close to Castlerigg Stone Circle on the outskirts of Keswick. Lessons in all kinds of pursuits are available.
Scale the heights
Cat Bells, Skiddaw and Saddleback mountains are all close to Keswick. You don't have to make it to the top to savour incredible views and fresh air, though the feeling of accomplishment if you do is hard to beat.
It's a 10-minute drive to Whinlatter Forest Park, where you'll discover Go Ape! Anyone old enough or tall enough can get up high in the trees to slide down zip wires and traverse tricky bridges.
From weekly workshops to fantastic annual events, there's always something happening in Keswick...
What's on when you travel? These top events might capture your attention while in Keswick.
Words by the Water Festival of Words and Ideas; March: The Lake District has inspired writers for centuries and works of old and new are celebrated at this event, which is held at the Theatre by the Lake.
Keswick Mountain Festival; May: This five-day event combines all the best bits of the Lake District. From hiking, swimming, cycling and ghyll scrambling, to eating and drinking at the Festival Village in Keswick's Crow Park, there's something for every one of the thousands who visit. Secure your accommodation early if you plan to be in town.
Cockermouth Agricultural Show; August: Explore rural life in the Lake District at this popular summer show, which features sheep dog displays, animal races, and lots of family activities, plus the chance to buy local produce.