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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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Surprisedly interesting on a wet rainy day!

We visited the pencil museum on a wet rainy day, along with three teenagers! We live in the area and had passed by many time, with the children always muttering about how they had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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St. Bees, United Kingdom
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St. Bees, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We visited the pencil museum on a wet rainy day, along with three teenagers! We live in the area and had passed by many time, with the children always muttering about how they had no wish to visit the place! I don't think we were in any rush either. Then one night we were watching a film; quirky black British... More 

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Alderley Edge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I can thoroughly recommend the Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick it's well worth a visit. They cater for all ages and have a cafe and gift shop to boot. I now know more about the history and production of pencils.....................very interesting and informative.

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

If you love pencils. and liked the David Rees book "How to Sharpen Pencils" this is the place for you.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

It is a great time to visit - they are doing an amazing deal at the moment - £4 for a free pencil or £8 for two free pencils! Initially, we were pensive about attending a pencil museum, but it really drew us in. We were looking to add some colour to our lives. Unfortunately there was no tour guide... More 

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

At first thought this was a bit of a joke but really its so interesting . Who would have thought they used the pencil to smuggle maps during WW2. Well worth a visit and reasonable entry fee.dont take a pencil for granted!

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The museum itself is fairly small, but our family had an enjoyable and interesting time. Included in the admission price is an HB pencil and if your child completes the quiz going round they win two colour pencils. Not the fastest paced attraction, but an interesting insight into part of Cumberland history.

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

perfect rainy day visit . Very interesting all round Moot hall tourist info do 2 for price of 1 tickets!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Passing a couple of hours before lunch visited the pencil museum,great fun and fascinating, look out for the special WW2 pencil with map and compas, amazing story Well worth a visit

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Walsall, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

Really nice museum with lots of info on pencils. Great shop with lots of discounts and really friendly staff. Stocked up and saved a great deal of money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Found it intresting and is good they have the shop there as well many bargins :) its easy to get around and staff nice and welcoming

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