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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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There's more to pencils than you'd think

In a digital age, the humble pencil still has a part to play and this little gem of a museum gives a comprehensive history of the role played by Cumbria in making pencils and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Atherstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Visited the museum after cruising on Ullswater on 29 June 2015. Very informative and interesting displays telling the story of pencil making in the Lake District.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

In a digital age, the humble pencil still has a part to play and this little gem of a museum gives a comprehensive history of the role played by Cumbria in making pencils and crayons. A good trip down memory lane with some of the crayons I remembered from my school days - as well as the world's largest pencil.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Being an avid user of Derwent pencils as a kid, there was no way I was going to miss this museum. Really enjoyed our visit, brought back memories :)

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Lovely little museum, very interesting finding out how pencils came about and how they are made. Loved the colouring in table ( I am over 50) . Interesting video on WW2 pencil with map inside. I really enjoyed my visit but it is a very small museum.

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Glenrowan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Well worth going to. It's only a small museum, but, it bought back so many memories of my school days. Instead of a ticket to enter you get a pencil...very quirky. Absolutely fascinating with the involvement of WW11 and the factory. I loved it and would head back again

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a lovely time wandering round. Activity sheet was perfect for our 4 year olds. Cafe was nice and gift shop had a great range.

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I only called into the museum to shop for pencils. The staff were excellent and helpful. I had spotted a bag in the town shop but I was out of town when the shop was open. I rang when I got home and the bag is being posted to me. rilliant servive!

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Norton St Philip, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is a great destination especially on cloudy or wet days and even if the museum isnt your thing then the coffee is good and you can stock up on drawing materials from the shop which also entitles you to some money off from the all day parking fee of £4 -so great value all round!.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We took the grandchildren for something to do on a wet day. We found that it wouldn't have to be raining to make a visit worthwhile. Interesting information and exhibits detailing pencil making and its links to the town, and a quiz trail for the kids to search for.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Firstly let me say that I am not an artist, but was accompanying one. From what I could see, all items on sale were over priced (listening to comments from others). The museum itself was interesting, but you could not actually visit the factory as we had been led to believe. Rather there was a short video showing what happens... More 

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Additional Information about Cumberland Pencil Museum

Address: | Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)17687 73626
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Keswick
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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