Keswick has won awards in Britain in Bloom many times over the past few years; it obviously has a head start with such a superb location. The town offers a wide range of places to eat out and has an attractive shopping centre, of course the outdoor clothing industry is a speciality here! Our market day is Saturday but Farmers Markets are arranged during the week throughout the year with, among other things, the opportunity to buy local craft work, photographs and so on.
Getting around while you’re here
Of those guests who do come to Keswick by car, many leave their car in our car park for the duration of their stay.
Various forms of public transport are available and there are significant advantages, especially if you plan to get out onto the fells. Parking in places near your chosen route can be limited, so unless your off early in the morning, you might have to change your plans. You will also be restricted to circular routes, unless you fancy walking on roads at the beginning or end of the day. Public transport gives a greater range of options, and lets the driver enjoy the view as well!
To view the bus services in Cumbria, please visit: Stagecoach Cumbria Bus Timetables
Keswick Launch on Derwent Water – just like an aquatic bus service, the Keswick, Launch travels clockwise and anti-clockwise round Derwent Water on a regular 30 minute timetable. With 7 stops on the circuit, it provides an excellent means of access to and from the Newlands Fells (Catbells, Causey Pike, Hindscarth, High Spy etc.) as well as Grange and Ashness Bridge. It’s pleasant trip in own right!
Keswick is one of the area’s busiest and most vibrant towns. Whether you want to explore the lakes and fells, discover the history of the region, or just sit back and enjoy the wealth of art and culture that the Lake Distict has to offer, Keswick has something for everyone.
The aspect of Keswick that arrests the attention of most visitors is its surroundings. The town is set on the shores of Lake Derwentwater, popular for sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and rowing. The most relaxing way to appreciate the stunning views is to have a trip on the Keswick Launch, which takes you on a 50 minute tour of this beautiful lake. For the more adventurous, the valley of Borrowdale is just a stone’s throw away, and is a heaven for climbers and walkers.
When the weather is bad and you’re forced inside, Keswick comes into its own. Boasting a brand-new Theatre By The Lake, offering an eclectic mix of drama, music, dance and film, the world-famous pencil museum, Keswick’s own museum and art gallery and the tranquil Trotters World of Animals. Keswick provides history and culture for the whole family. Pubs, restaurants, swimming pool & leisure centre, cinema and two nightclubs are also on offer.
For visitors to the Lake District, it is the stunning scenery of mountains and lakes that is the centre of attention. Whether you want to stroll around the lakes and valleys or you’re the more adventurous hiker type, Keswick is only a short drive away from Lakeland’s most beautiful spots and is in a World Heritage site.
Fancy a cruise on Lake Derwentwater or Lake Ullswater – we can provide discounted launch tickets for both boat trips for any day of your stay. We can also offer 10% of the Ravenglass Railway.
If you prefer a more adventurous activity, then why not try GO APE and take advantage of our 10% discount (excluding Saturdays). Please ask for details when booking.
If you wish to see a show at the THEATRE you can take advantage of our discount vouchers. As Ambassadors of the Theatre we can offer a £3 discount per ticket on many shows. Please ask for details when booking.
We can also give help and advice on walks, places to go and where to eat.