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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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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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Three generation trip to keswick

Didn't arrive with very high expectations, but was better than we were imagining. Pretty small and probably good if you like stationery. Kids had various things to find and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This museum gives an interesting account of pencil making but there is only so much to say about pencils and the displays seem a little repetitive. It would be amazing if it could be housed in the original pencil factory which is behind the pre-fab but I expect this would be a health and safety nightmare.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Didn't arrive with very high expectations, but was better than we were imagining. Pretty small and probably good if you like stationery. Kids had various things to find and enjoyed the hosted drawing lesson. Staff were helpful. I bought a pencil sharpener that fixes to a desk for our kids homework. Didn't find out why pencil leads are always broken... More 

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We we a little hesitant to visit this thinking "what can you get out of a pencil museum". we were so glad were went as the whole experience was fascinating. We especially enjoyed the wartime secret work. The constuction of all the different pencils was also very interesting. Don't be put off but anapparently uninspiring topic it's well worth it.... More 

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My partner suggested we take our 5 and 6 year old children to the museum as he had visited many times as a child. Well I was surprised. The kids enjoyed themselves and the staff were great. Our 2 loved the egg competition - looking for and drawing eggs. They also watched the video! They really enjoyed the drawing master... More 

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Poole, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Great place to take kids with lots of activities. Museum is small but informative. Food was OK. Only downside was the pencils in the shop may be out of some peoples budgets, even ones in the sale.

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This museum is brilliant and tells the story of the first pencils, how they were produced and the history of the pencil. There was an interesting section on how the pencil was used in the War with the lead being replaced with maps. Instead of a ticket you are actually given a pencil as the entry vehicle, which I think... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This is an excellent attraction with lots for children to do. It is interesting, informative, well set out, not too large that you lose interest. For those of us who love pencils, paper and stationery there is a well stocked shop with lots of pencils of all different kinds as well as other items to purchase. Well worth a visit... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Being from Australia, big things, from Pineapples to Lobsters are in our blood. So when we went to the Lakes District, one look at Trip Advisor meant we had to come here. Its not a big museum, but it has loads of information (and a REALLY BIG PENCIL) and it was a fun place to kill an hour or so... More 

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

One on the bucket list of silly places to go to. The pencil museum is great fun with lots of things for the kids to do on a rainy day

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Even it hadn't of been a wet day when we went, this is still worth a visit if you have the time & it's dry. It's not a huge place, but the displays are interesting & informative. We especially liked the bit about the special Second World War pencils - it's just amazing what they managed to do. Our daughter... More 

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