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Cumberland Pencil Museum

Southey Works | Greta Bridge, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
+44 (0)17687 73626
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Ranked #15 of 30 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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nottingham
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Interesting couple of hours here, Learning all about how pencils are made. Then relaxed in coffee shop which had some lovely cakes.

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Leek, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Took me back to my childhood to see the tins of Lakeland Colouring Pencils. Small museum but very interesting.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This visitor attraction was unique. A great insight into the history of pencil making. It was extremely busy on a rainy day. Car park expensive and muddy.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We went on a wet and therefore very busy day at the museum so it was quite crowded. Lots of interesting and well designed exhibits for all ages. Some amazing art sets available in the shop but a bit disappointed not to find any museum/ local postcards or 'pocket money' price souvenirs on a pencil theme.

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Carlisle
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The Pencil museum is a lovely attraction, full of history and facts about...well pencils. not much fun for small children, but was great to kill a few hours on and instead of a ticket you get given a pencil as your proof of entry. The cafe is small but offers a good range of products, and the gift shop has... More

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Cromford, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

When it's chucking it down with rain in Keswick what are you going to do ? There were certainly some interesting displays particularly the details of the pencil used in WW2 to carry miniature map and compass. Video was not terribly professional or enthralling. Prices for goods seemed very dear for what is effectively a factory shop and you have... More

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

It is what it says on the tin.......Pencils. Full of pencils of all sizes colours and shapes. A massive one that runs overhead. The kids bought some souvenir pencils too. They enjoyed it and thats what counts. Nothing much else to say really.

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UK
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Good for a few hours with 2 kids, decent cafe at the end. Not much more to say but I have to according to TP

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Sacramento, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We loved seeing the history of this historically significant company. We especially enjoyed the spy pencil and the Queen's pencil. I ended up buying replicas of the Queen's at Windsor Castle! It is worth taking the time for this museum.

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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Small and could be dull for youngsters, but really eye-opening (always wondered how they made pencils). Some really interesting facts, but would benefit from some more interactive activities for the younger visitors.

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