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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 28 attractions in Keswick
Type: Specialty Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Radstock, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Although small this museum packs a lot in. The history of the pencil was unexpectedly interesting and the displays which were made out of various types and colours of pencils were beautiful. If you park in the pay and display car park next to the museum, don't forget to take the tear off portion of the parking ticket to get... More

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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Its not the Metropolitan Museum in NYC but it does have a giant pencil. If you need to learn about pencils in a shed in a scenic location in the North of England then this is second to none. Give it a try and you never know what you might learn. Certainly more interesting than the Salt Museum in Nantwich,... More

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Great day out for kids to discover stuff, but could be a tad tedious for adults in the know; one for a wet day or a gap filler.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

For someone who works with Pencils teaching students math, this place was an historical treasure trove. Interesting facts on the local mineral-graphite- and how it was formed by volcanic lava and pressure. Was surprised to find that the French actually beat the English in putting the graphite cylinder into the wood casing. Very intriguing.

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Bolton by Bowland, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

It might not sound exciting but this is actually a terrific little museum and you can easily spend a happy hour here and learn something. Glad we went here. Very friendly staff.

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The title of the museum wouldn't attract many, but those who have been there will tell you how interesting and entertaining this can be. In addition to learning all about pencil making through history to modern day, there are areas for children to learn about using different pencils, and an area for Dad to learn how pencils could have changed... More

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Richmond
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Having been going to Keswick for many years and surprisingly having good ish weather this attraction had escaped a visit! Blinding rain and a cold wind changed that and what a surprise. Grandson aged 5 and both of us had a good morning. Try it!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Who would think that a trip to a pencil museum would be even a little bit interesting. We were very surprised at the well laid out and comprehensive nature of the displays. Brought back a lot of school memories and also showed us what we missed out on with some of those amazing pencil sets. A good history of where... More

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Got to say we spent about an hour here and it was really interesting, lovely little gem of a museum. Friendly staff and so reasonably priced. loved the short film that told you how a pencil was made - you don't realise what goes into making pencils !

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Leominster, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A good place to go should it rain, or ideal to take the children if they tire of walking, swimming or boating. Plenty to keep them interested, but it won't take a long time to go around. Fascinating history of the company, and of course, I always yearned to own a set of coloured pencils from this company. Unfortunately, I... More

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