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Cumberland Pencil Museum

Southey Works | Greta Bridge, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
+44 (0)17687 73626
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Ranked #14 of 29 attractions in Keswick
Type: Specialty Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Burnley, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

To be honest it was my wife who wanted to visit the pencil Museum, I was not that interested. I honestly thought " what could be interesting about looking at pencils. HOW WRONG I WAS!! VERY INTERESTING, Without giving to much away it covers a lot more than you can ever imagine and mentions how the Russians and Americans did... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Second time I've been here and loved it both times. Seen Sightseers in between, but that just adds to the interest. My nearly-4-year-old loved it too. Looking for the patterns to draw on her mask. Interesting museum. Good value. Really nice committed staff.

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Good for adults and childred lots of interesting information about the history and production of pencils. Has a good gift shop and a cafe. Well worth a visit

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Surprisingly the museum is dog friendly which was nice as we have a spaniel. Also for children there is a enjoyable African mask quiz where you had to go around and get loads of patterns we were told if you complete the sheet you get a prize of course we expected just a sticker or haribos but a much better... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

this isnt a very big museum staff friendly kids were excited at first doing the little treasure hunt but soon lost interest but it wasnt overly expensive . i now know its graphite not lead in your pencil lol

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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

I make a point of visiting weird museums and this is one of my favourites. Been a few times now and always good. Loving the really friendly staff (particularly the lady on the front payment desk)' the pencils and paper to draw (badly in my case) in the cafe, the paninis, the really expensive boxes of pencils (want one) and... More

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We spent about 45 minutes in this quaint museum. We are a family of 4, parents and two teens. You can pay and display to park directly behind the small building housing the museum. Our plan was to just visit the gift shop, for gifts for artist friends, but they got us into the museum too. We love history and... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I came with my friend and his two girls to the Museum. Was very interesting on how the pencil is made and also about the secret pencil that was used in WWII. The girls enjoyed filling out the competition sheets. What was also very nice was that the dogs were able to come in with us to.

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12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Couldn't fault the price for entry, loved the start bit, but once you're in the main area, it's very quickly over, personally I wouldn't mind paying a little bit more to see a bit more.

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Hampshire
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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

It is worth going to this little museum. Very interesting facts and please do stop and watch the video about what was hidden in the wartime pencils. Absolutely fascinating!! Opposite is a little cafe called The Saddleback--lovely sandwiches to eat in or take out on your walks!

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