Things to do in Keswick

Cragwood Guesthouse in Keswick is the perfect place for a relaxing break or an action packed holiday, and is the ideal base from which to explore the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Lake District National Park.

Keswick town centre, just five minutes’ walk from Cragwood, has a great range of outdoor shops and a wealth of locally run, independent stores selling everything from local crafts to local gin. Keswick market, held in the centre of town every Thursday and Saturday, is well worth a visit and whatever the weather it’s fun to explore our art galleries, meet local crafters at the ‘Makers Mill’ creative venue, learn about our history at the Pencil museum and relax and unwind in our beautiful ‘Fitz’ and ‘Hope’ parks.

Eating out in Keswick is an event with its great array of cafes, restaurants and warm, welcoming pubs; see the ‘eating out’ page for our favourites.  After dinner you might like to watch a performance at the Theatre by the Lake, or catch up with the latest releases at our old-school, theatre-style picture house,  Alhambra cinema.

Most importantly do not miss Derwentwater, our spectacular lake surrounded by the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District (not that we’re biased!).  Stroll down to it (ten to fifteen minutes leisurely walk from the guesthouse), walk around it, stand up paddle board or kayak on it, take the launch boat along it, walk the fells surrounding it….

If you’re feeling adventurous why not book an outdoor activity with our sister company Keswick Extreme and let our experienced guides take you ghyll scrambling, river tubing or discover with us the thrilling Via Ferrata or Climb the Mine.  It’s best to book ahead for these popular activities!

Keswick is an amazing place for walking, climbing and cycling; you can leave your car parked up for the duration of your stay and discover the fells and trails of the Northern Lakes on foot straight from our front door, or using our fantastic bus service.  You’ll love visiting nearby Buttermere Lake, Crummock Water and Ullswater, having lunch and exploring gardens at historic houses like the Lingholm Estate, exploring the Borrowdale and Newlands valleys and spending time in picturesque villages like Grasmere, Glenridding and Caldbeck…there really is something here for everyone.