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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

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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Interesting museum - worth a look.

Surprisingly interesting museum. Learn about graphite mining and the origin of pencil making, how pencils are manufactured etc. A highlight was the fascinating story about the use... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Véronique M
Bath, United Kingdom
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Sydney, Australia
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The only pencil museum in the world contains the biggest pencil ever produced, a Guiness World record. This place fascinated me; I spent my £4.50 entry fee watching the video information, learning the history of the company and colouring in stuff. Just outside the entry door to the museum, is the former Cumberland pencil factory which is now shut down... More 

Thank Russell S
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Surprisingly interesting museum. Learn about graphite mining and the origin of pencil making, how pencils are manufactured etc. A highlight was the fascinating story about the use of pencils in WW2! Go and discover!

Thank Véronique M
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237 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love stationery and pencils, so this was an easy sell .. and even I didn't expect it to be as interesting as it was! The 'spy' pencil I found absolutely fascinating .. not to mention finally giving some thought to how a pencil actually gets made! A great little diversion, and terribly easy to go mad in the gift... More 

Thank WellingtonKiwiJo
Dalton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a small museum, literally one room and not cheap to get into it. The history of the site and the production of the pencils is interesting and clearly presented, but does not fill up more than a couple of displays although there was a good audio visual presentation about the now offsite production. The rest of the museum is... More 

Thank G C
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last week I attended a two day pencil workshop, which was excellent. The demonstrator was Valerie Wood, who was inspirational. Thank you VALERIE. The two days past by so quickly, and I left with so many tips for the use of both graphite and coloured pencils. Now waiting for next years programme to appear on the website so I may... More 

Thank Offee
State College, PA
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106 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only stopped in because the morning was drizzly, but we found the museum quite interesting. It's small so not overwhelming, but well-presented and you learn more than you would expect.

Thank DT25
Wigan, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We weren't sure what to expect from the Pencil Museum but we actually really enjoyed it! Its very informative and interesting and your ticket into the museum is a keep sake pencil! Wonderful shop and café too. Brilliant rainy day activity.

Thank LauraTallulah
Branston, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Children and adults enjoy this museum. Good choice of crayons and paints to buy in the shop. The added bonus of a coffee shop.

Thank Ann R
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited because queue for swimming was over 1 hour wait. So glad we did. Excellent staff very helpful and it engaged my granddaughter who is 5. The video could be louder so a little hard to follow but lots to see - and buy afterwards.

Thank Doddydiddy
Victoria, Canada
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72 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A relative had mentioned the Pencil Museum and we filed it away for future reference. While walking around Keswick, we found it was just a short walk away, so - why not? I have to say, we were both impressed by this little gem! We learned a lot about the history of pencil making as well as little known facts... More 

Thank Daphne S

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