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Cumberland Pencil Museum

Address: | Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)17687 73626
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Ranked #8 of 24 Attractions in Keswick
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Perfect all weather attraction for all the family. Discover Keswick's industrial heritage, be...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Billinge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Quaint place and interesting. Very friendly and helpful staff. Bought some pencils for Grandchildren which they printed on all pencils whilst we waited.

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cumbria
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58 reviews 58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

hi, went to museum with 3 of my g-children,ages 4 8 and 10yrs,were each given a sheet of question according to age ,we had to read the information on the walls then answer the questions. the children had to read and search for the answers which got them thinking and surprisingly they all enjoyed it,at the end they got a... More 

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

To put it bluntly this is certainly the best pencil based attraction in the Lake District. I was surprised at just how interesting it was, some fascinating pencil based facts and really gives an insight into the murky world of the pencil industry.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Not much to see here it took us no more than 15 minutes to do it all. The manufacturing plant is not on site so not a lot to see.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

When the pencil museum was suggested as a visit I wasn't keen to say the least - when we arrived I still wasn't convinced but once inside it I had a complete change of mind. The museum was informative, well presented with some hidden secrets ( you'll understand when you visit) A special mention to the staff in reception and... More 

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Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Was in Keswick for a wedding and ordered engraved pencilled for all the guest, was really impressed with the price and quality. We ordered 30 pencilled to be engraved with names and date in silver, pencils were in individual cases and everyone commented on them.

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Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I visited the Pencil museum on a rainy afternoon after curiosity got the better of me. There is a surprising amount of information from how the materials are sourced right on up to the construction methods and even a mention of Chris Evans! There are also a few videos to watch once inside and also a quiz for children to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I hadn't originally planned on visiting the Cumberland Pencil Museum as I had originally travelled to the county in hope of finding the sausage museum. However, when I saw this I knew I had to jump on this once in lifetime opportunity. I went in with no expectations and I was blown away. The pencils on display were not only... More 

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Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I made a trip to visit this as starting to draw it is something I have wanted to do. Nearest train station is Penrith and then it is a bus ride to Keswick. It is a lovely little museum about pencils especially Derwent pencils situated in a very nice town - albeit raining when I visited. I was so impressed... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I've wanted to visit this place for as long as I can remember! It was actually good fun, despite the swarms of kids. Really informative and we whilst away a couple of hours while it rained.

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