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Cumberland Pencil Museum

Southey Works | Greta Bridge, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
+44 (0)17687 73626
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Ranked #14 of 33 Attractions in Keswick
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

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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Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
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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
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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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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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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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lancaster
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

You would not think pencils could be so interesting, from start of being used to today's production methods. The videos informative especially the war time map hiding one, and the worlds largest pencil is certainly not pocketable. The museum has a shop and cafe. free pencil with the reasonable entrance fee. A good way to pass the odd hour

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

It was raining so we went along, very busy with half term people. But overall fun, interesting and a bit of local history. Worth a visit if you are about and have kids. Or just a visit for adults when raining. Nice and cheap and you get a free pencil!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Firstly unless you are planning to stay in Keswick all day park elsewhere as it's an all day only car park (good value for all day rate). The museum is not big and its a bit like the tardis with lots packed into a small space. The site is interesting and history is very important but its not a long... More

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stafford
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8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

My partner and I visited the museum on a wet October day as it was a cheap attraction and, I have to admit, we were very amused at the idea of a pencil museum! My partner didn't really find it interesting, however I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! The history of pencils was fascinating and I enjoyed... More

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