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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
Description: 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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Small but interesting

As we were in the area we thought we might have a look at this place. The car park is fairly expensive but does allow a small discount off the entry price into the museum. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Wakefield, England, United Kingdom
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Wakefield, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

As we were in the area we thought we might have a look at this place. The car park is fairly expensive but does allow a small discount off the entry price into the museum. The museum is fairly small and compact but had lots of interesting things about the manufacture of pencils. Everything from how the raw materials are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Very interesting exhibition. Surprised the simple pencil had sick a complicated history of all ages. Worth a visit.

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Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

it was small but amazing for artists. parking a little steep at £4 but you get £1.50 back if you go to the museum

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

What a waste of money! It took about 10mins to get round the whole thing and that was us trying to make the most of it.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Apparently it is mandatory when in Keswick you visits the museum, not a difficult one for me as I am a frustrated artist :) But there was a little reluctance from the 10 and 17 year old.... Let me just say they both love it! It's a really interesting place to visit and all of us enjoyed the whole experience.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A good place to visit if you're stuck for something to do due to bad weather. An interesting look at the making of such familiar things.

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We visited this as my 5 yr old wanted to go. Nuce little museum with things for children to see and explore. Wasnt expecting the story behind the q division and the compass pencil, fascinating! Areas for kids to draw and nice shop at the end. Nice place to go and kill an hour or two if the weather turns.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This was a great sorry about Derwent and the history of pencil. Making a pencil is not easy. This is a great activity for the kids. We learnt a great deal. Bought pencils at the shop. Just not sure why they charge £4 to get in.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Visited on our trip around the Lake District and weren't expecting an illustrious story behind the invention of pencils. However I had to interpret for my large group of deaf people as the videos and some other displays were inaccessible. A must-visit for revellers around the area especially when the weather is not kind enough!

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Creston, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were waiting for the torrential rain to stop so we could go golfing and ducked into the museum for a quick visit. We were glad we did. Even though the place was overrun with small children, we were still able to make our way around to read the history, see the displays, and watch the brief video. The story... More 

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