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Cumberland Pencil Museum

Address: | Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)17687 73626
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Ranked #14 of 43 things to do in Keswick
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Owner description: Perfect all weather attraction for all the family. Discover Keswick's industrial heritage, be...
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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English first
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is a fascinating museum and a great thing to do on a wet day. The staff are lovely and there is a quiz to keep children interested. We spent longer there than we thought we would as there is so much to see and a couple of really good videos. The story of how they made pencils with secret... More 

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We had a fascinating two hours here with two grandchildren aged 8 and 11. The children quiz and piuzzles were very good

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Belper, Derbyshire
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79 reviews 79 reviews
26 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Cloudy day so went to the pencil museum. Think it cost three of us about £12 but had to pay for parking too! Small museum with lots of information. The quiz for our son kept him entretained during our visit. He also had to find missing characters similar to a Where's Wally challenge. We didn't use the cafe but did... More 

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Warkworth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Visited on a cold wet day - children were offered quiz to complete (which they enjoyed) although the harder quiz was tricky for 9 yr old. Kids enjoyed looking around and spent much longer than expected there! Cartoonist next to cafe which they really enjoyed while parents had coffee! Enjoyable visit

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

I visited the museum a few times when I was a child and went back today for the first time in years. The was 7 people in our party with an age range of 1 to 77, and we had a lovely afternoon. The place isn't massive, and it's not as interactive as some other places but the information provided... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This was quite an informative museum, even though it was small, they crammed it with lots of information and there is also a question sheet you can take around with you and children to find answers and if you get all the answers you get a prize at the end. It's worth a visit at £4.50 a person.

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Pontefract, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

not first choice for a visit but it was a wet day, turned out to be very interesting, from WW2 inserting maps into the lead pencils to special editions for the royal family

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

50ft shed 40% of which given over to gift shop, cafe and toilets. Exhibits literally in one room. Really disappointed to see only one small table with 4 chairs for children to colour in. Needed something to do on wet day with 5 children under 7 and this cost £12.50 entry, £4 to park and we were inside for less... More 

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Newby Bridge, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

they started making pencils in Keswick even before the Chinese, they have a very good video to watch which charts everything you ever needed to know about pencils

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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Well, unusually, it was raining in the Lake District so we were looking for an indoor destination (yes I know that we should be out walking, but rain = no views). Where to go? A POINTED remark gave me a clue so we PENCILLED in a visit to this unusual museum. Neither of us were expecting very much other than... More 

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