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Cumberland Pencil Museum

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Address: | Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)17687 73626
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Description: Perfect all weather attraction for all the family. Discover Keswick's...
Perfect all weather attraction for all the family. Discover Keswick's industrial heritage, be amazed at the World's Longest Coloured Pencil, artist demonstrations and workshops are held throughout the year. A full range of Derwent Fine Art pencils are available in the Museum shop, along with Sketchers Coffee shop serving light lunches and afternoon teas.
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Interesting topic for a museum

This was my 15 year old's favourite part of our week in the Lakes - so comes highly recommended! Very interesting topic for a museum, but it really could do with a bit cash for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This is a fascinating little museum -- lots of information for the adults, some brain-scratching quiz trails for the children, a really good cafe and a comprehensive Derwent shop attached. Entry is inexpensive and the family ticket extremely good value. The video taking you through the pencil-making process from start to finish is oddly gripping -- like being taken back... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Loved this little museum. Whoever thought the humble pencil could be so interesting! Our family favourites were the spy pencil and the carved and sculpted pencils. It is quite a small museum and felt quite crowded at times as it was very busy being the summer holidays. Although it could do with a bit more space, it was good to... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This was my 15 year old's favourite part of our week in the Lakes - so comes highly recommended! Very interesting topic for a museum, but it really could do with a bit cash for refurbishment and some organisation for the poor staff who were run off their feet.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The Museum is ok and gives a very good overview on pencils and derwent. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The cafe sketchers in the museum has good food, e.g. homemade vegetable soup. Definitely recommended after the museum visit!

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Salford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The idea of this place is great but the museum needs some work to make this fun not dull. It needs more interactive elements. The quizzes and trails try to make up for this and they are ok but I think more could be done. The videos about how pencils are made are potentially v interesting but were so quiet... More 

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It's small but not costly. It cost us £4.50 for an adult, cheaper for children, car park ticket has a tear off slip to get a discount on entry. Interesting and informative. We got a free souvenir pencil on entry, and the kids get some activity sheets to fill in as you go round (small prize at end, when we... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I really liked the pencil museum and had no idea that all of the graphite came from Borrowdale. The exhibition about the role played by pencils in Second World War espionage was fascinating. Definitely worth a visit, you won't need more than an hour.

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Ayrshire, United Kingdom
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Waste of time and money. Kids love drawing etc but were bored with too much pencil history here. Could be a success with a serious makeover. Bought some pencils for kids in wh smith later the same day for half the price they were in the museum shop!

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Went on a Brownie trip, the kids loved it. The staff were very helpful and entertained the kids well. Great colouring area which was well used while us leaders had a cuppa.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

With 2 pre teens!! Went to the pencil museum on request, had been before pre kids but glad they wanted to go. We spent a good hour looking around( good timing for us) watched the information film about the 'not so new' factory opened in 2008 and did the quiz for which you get to choose a prize of 2... More 

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Additional Information about Cumberland Pencil Museum

Address: | Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)17687 73626
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Keswick
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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