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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 #14 of 29 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We went in for a bit of a laugh. It was cold and we thought it might be worth popping in to learn a few bits and pieces then sit in the coffee shop until closing. However, we found that the story of Cumberland Pencils is very interesting and we stayed until it closed - without even using the coffee... More 

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Leicestershire, UK
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

A fascinating, informative museum telling everything you need to know about how pencils are made. Part of the Cumberland Pencil Company which is the only place in UK where pencils are made. Second visit after a gap of 30 years or more! Staff were friendly. We were too late to visit the café. Make sure you take some money to... More 

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Helena, MT
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177 attraction reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

We were touring about Scotland on our motorcycles. Riding some of the great roads in this area. As we wandered about here was this museum, not what brought us to the area but kind of interesting. They mined the material for the pencil lead in the area and so this became a product of the area. We don't use pencils... More 

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Pateley Bridge, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I enjoyed my trip to the pencil museum, even if we did have to share it with two coach loads of Shearing's pensioners ("oooooh look, pencils dear" <dodder dodder>) . There was a video of pencils being made, and pencils. Lots of pencils. I especially enjoyed the giant record-breaking pencil. OK, I'm being a bit facetious, but for an hour... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We were excited to visit this museum where pencils were first made in the world! This is enough to make you go wow! We enjoyed filling in the question sheet like children and to our surprise that the museum was rather small yet detailed. We felt the movies could have subtitles and to be more updated! I would recommend this... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This was ok but not worth the money. After spending £25 on admission and lunch (soup) for three we felt a little let down. We wanted to buy some "secret service" pencils but were told that these were not available till later this year, Considering that the film in the museum was made in 1999 this has taken 16 years.

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This seems to be a bit of a Marmite place but I'm firmly in the love it camp! Very interesting history of graphite which was all new to me, old pencils and pencil art and a great video of how pencils are made in the factory. The cafe was comfy with good coffee and all the tables have pencils and... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Small, overly busy. Too much info tucked into too small a place. Only to find they've moved the pencil factory anyway. Some nice touches, the Chris Evans art work made of pencils, the photos of the Queen but on the whole this should have been a pound or two at most per person, not early five pounds. very poor value.

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Writtle, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
6 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Thought this would be really boring but it was not. Interesting place with very interesting history. All the children there seemed to be enjoying it too so looks like a good place for family's. My tip is mind your head as you go in the entrance tunnel as its low and has lots of low beams along the whole entrance.

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Billinge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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