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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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Trip back in time

we visited the pencil museum recently which we found very interesting especially when we were in primary school as children we used to get a tin of crayons on our desks to use... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Swinton, United Kingdom
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Swinton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

we visited the pencil museum recently which we found very interesting especially when we were in primary school as children we used to get a tin of crayons on our desks to use. Staff are very friendly and helpful very enjoyable

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We got to Keswick during lunch and it was a terrible day. We went on a tour and it was quite educational and well worth a visit to at least see the giant pencil.

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Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was our 1st time visiting the musum and were were pleasantly surprised. There is lots of interesting info about the history of graphite mining, the manufacture of pencils and what part the company played during world war 2. Your kids can also do a competition on the way round. There is also a shop which is FULL of the... More 

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Telford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

A great way to spend a wet afternoon. car parking is 3.50 but you get 1.50 off the ticket price when bought inside. The museum area is only small but there is a lot packed into it. It was a trip down memory lane looking at the displays of pencils and crayons we sed to use. The making of current... More 

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Much Wenlock, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We visited The Pencil museum partly to escape the relentless rain we were experiencing in The Lakes! Having read that the Museum was worth a visit, we were not disappointed. The whole history of Pencil making is far more interesting than I ever imagined, the displays were well arranged and informative and suitable for all ages. The museum is relatively... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

On an absolutely terrible, rainy and windy day we decided to take shelter in this little museum. We weren't quite expecting to enjoy it as much as we did! It's a really interesting museum and we would recommend. It is quite small, but for 4.50 each you can't really groan. The staff were very friendly and helpful and they had... More 

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Burton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

It was a damp day so a visit to the pencil museum seemed a good idea, it turned out to be a brilliant idea, even though we didn't have any children with us, we decided to fill in the quiz paper offered to us. Everyone in the museum was so friendly and generous with their time and knowledge. we learned... More 

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is a fascinating museum and a great thing to do on a wet day. The staff are lovely and there is a quiz to keep children interested. We spent longer there than we thought we would as there is so much to see and a couple of really good videos. The story of how they made pencils with secret... More 

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We had a fascinating two hours here with two grandchildren aged 8 and 11. The children quiz and piuzzles were very good

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Belper, Derbyshire
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85 reviews 85 reviews
27 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Cloudy day so went to the pencil museum. Think it cost three of us about £12 but had to pay for parking too! Small museum with lots of information. The quiz for our son kept him entretained during our visit. He also had to find missing characters similar to a Where's Wally challenge. We didn't use the cafe but did... More 

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