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Cumberland Pencil Museum

Southey Works | Greta Bridge, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
+44 (0)17687 73626
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Ranked #13 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

this is a lovely little museum and well worth a visit if your passing! very interesting and well presented, you even get a free pencil with your entry ticket! however note that you also have to pay for the car park as extra on ticket price [less than have refunded if you buy a ticket!]

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

really interesting small museum, lots of information on how Derwent pencils produced,even how used for war effort.great for arty minded adults or children, very good deals in the shop

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I really enjoyed my visit to the cumberland pencil meuseum and it really is worth seeing, however, I think it would be more fun with children as other than looking at various pencils and learning some interesting facts about pencils... there's nothing to do LOL!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Interesting and well presented. Not the biggest museum but very informative! And fantastic shop at the end which was very well priced. Fabulous staff as well, and we even popped back so hubby could visit as well. Perfect that dogs were welcome as well

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

If you've ever seen the film 'Sightseers' this is a must, and it didn't disappoint. Though small it is brilliantly done, and definitely a unique experience

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a nice little place, little being the word. It's smaller than I thought it would be but had some interesting little facts, the WW2 display was good too. Overall was worth the £4 entrance fee - the free pencil helps too!

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Morecambe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Kept my 9 year old busy doing the quiz. Also learnt a few things about pencils their history and role in WW2. Nice touch that you get a museum pencil in the ticket price.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My wife, who is a teacher, wanted to visit the Pencil Museum. So with it raining steadily on August 1st, it was the perfect opportunity. The museum, near the former pencil factory, was small, and took only about 30 minutes to go through. It turned out to be interesting, with a short movie providing a history of the pencil industry... More

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lincoln
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

As a user of Derwent products I thought it would be good, on a rainy afternoon, to pop in and see the museum. It was much smaller than I expected, given the entrance fee, and a little tired. The children that were there seemed to be having a good time though with their question sheets and 'have a go' area.... More

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Hexham
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is a small museum on the site of the original pencil factory (which has moved elsewhere). 2 adults & 2 children was about £10. Children were given a clip board & pencil with age appropriate puzzle to do on the way around - keeping the children occupied whilst the grown-ups reminisced & learnt lots of interesting facts. Puzzles complete... More

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