Things to do in Keswick

Keswick is the perfect place for a relaxing break or an action packed holiday and is the ideal base for exploring UNESCO World Heritage Lake District National Park.

The town has a great range of outdoor shops, along with a wealth of independent stores. The local market is held in the centre of town every Thursday and Saturday and there are art galleries, museums, including the Pencil Museum, and many historic houses close by. Eating out in Keswick is an event with its’ vast array of cafes, restaurants and warm, welcoming pubs; see our ‘eating out’ page for our favourites.

Enjoy the parks, tennis courts, putting greens, pitch and put or spend a relaxing afternoon watching the cricket or bowling. Why not take time out to catch a performance at the Theatre by the Lake. Most importantly do not miss Derwentwater – a fantastic Lake surrounded by the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District – stroll down to it, walk around it, try a new activity on it, take the launch boat along it, walk the fells surrounding it….

If you’re feeling adventurous join us at our sister company Keswick Extreme and let us take you ghyll scrambling, river tubing or experience the thrill of the via ferrata and climb the mine with our friendly, experienced guides. (It’s best to book ahead for these popular activities!)

The area is an amazing place for walking, climbing and cycling. Discover the fells and trails of the Northern Lakes and whether you’re experienced or a novice, there is something here for everyone. Explore the surrounding area and visit Buttermere Lake, Crummock Water, picturesque valleys and villages all within a short distance and easily accessible by car or using the local bus services.