The pretty market town of Keswick is just 7 miles away from The Pheasant and has become a major destination for tourism in the Lake District.
This thriving market town with its 5,000+ inhabitants first became popular for visitors in the 1700's, many attracted by the close association with romantic poets Southey, Coleridge and Wordsworth. Beatrix Potter spent her summers in the area and one of the houses she stayed at was Lingholm, which now has a cafe and walled garden open to the public.
Attractions & Activities
Black lead was discovered in the 16th century in Seathwaite which sparked off pencil making, a major industry in Keswick, and you can visit the Derwent Pencil Museum to discover the history of the pencil through workshops, quizzes, demonstrations and more.
The Keswick Museum and Art Gallery overlooking Fitz Park has won numerous awards including best small visitor attraction in Cumbria and houses 20,000 objects in it's collections including Fine Art, Archaeology, Industrial History, Literature, Natural History and Mountain Heritage.
The Theatre by the Lake is situated on the shores of Derwentwater. Hailed by The Independent as 'the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain' it opened in 1999, has two stages and hosts a variety of festivals and visiting companies throughout the year.
Kong Adventure Centre in the centre of Keswick offers a climbing wall, indoor caving, cafe and play area and also hosts a number of outdoor activities including via ferrata and ghyll scrambling.
Keswick Launch offers Lake District cruises around Derwentwater throughout the year, as well as self-drive motorboats and rowing boats.
Keswick Alhambra Cinema is over 100 years old but boasts state of the art sound and projection in traditional surroundings.
Hope Park is one of Keswick's main attractions. Located between the town centre and Derwentwater it is a favourite stopping off place whilst walking to the lake. Hope Park has attractive landscaped gardens with a stream and woodland walk, set in magnificent scenery overlooking the fells. It also has 9 hold pitch and putt and crazy golf.
Shopping in Keswick
Keswick's compact streets are ideal for browsing and make a pleasant change from the larger towns and cities. You will be sure to find everything you need from your daily requirements to that elusive special gift to take home.
There are many independent and individual shops offering antiques, books, paintings and pottery, jewellery, speciality foods and local produce as well as clothes, gifts, and traditional toys. The selection of outdoor clothing and equipment retailers in Keswick is second to none earning it the title of Outdoor Retailer of the UK.
A traditional weekly market is held in Keswick on Saturdays and won outdoor market of the year in 2015.
Events in Keswick
Keswick has a lively arts, music, festival and sporting scene.
Major annual events include:
Keswick Film Festival in Feb/March.
Enjoy exploring the delights of nearby Keswick on your stay at The Pheasant Inn Bassenthwaite.