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Cumberland Pencil Museum "Temporally Closed"

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Address: | Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
Phone Number: +44 17687 73626
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09:30 - 17:00
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The Pencil Museum is Currently Closed for Major Renovations, Due to Severe...

The Pencil Museum is Currently Closed for Major Renovations, Due to Severe flooding in Dec 2015. We are working hard to reopen the museum as quickly as is possible, scheduled to be the end of 2016. Sincere apologies for any disappointment this may cause, we look forward to welcoming you back to the new museum.

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Great rainy day activity!

My children love the pencil museum - lots of activities inside for the children, they can draw, watch films, there are masterclasses and games. Well worth a visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 August 2016
Factsnotfiction71
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very disappointed the museum was shut for refurbishment?..Looked very drab and went all the way to the entrance before we saw the sign to say it was shut......

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Thank angieF1314OH
Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having seen other reviews dating Sep 2016 I had assumed that the pencil museum had reopened. It hasn't. It won't be opening until Easter 2017 due to flood damage. There is a shop in Keswick which sells Derwent pencils.

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Thank Lisa43
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We actually went to the pencil museum for a bit of a joke and not expecting much !! How wrong we were this was absolutely amazing, not only from learning things about pencils you never knew, but also the unbelievable works of art , sculptures and awe inspiring largest working pencil in the world

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Thank Sindymichele S
Carlisle
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We took our grandchildren with us to visit the pencil museum, they loved trying to find the clues and answer to the activity sheet they received. They also loved trying on the dressing up clothes as a pilot and particuarly enjoyed sitting down colouring and trying out the water pencils. On the whole a very enjoyable experience that I would... More 

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Oldbury, United Kingdom
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165 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Cannot understand the posts below extolling the virtues on the museum - it is shut, there are no signs of any work being carried out. It looks and feels derelict. The signs stating it will re-open soon are all faded, the toilets are blocked off by iron grids. Really strange experience as there is a sign indicating pedestrian access ad... More 

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Thank volvos80
pencilmuseum2016, Manager at Cumberland Pencil Museum "Temporally Closed", responded to this review

Thank you for your review, the museum has notified trip advisor that posts are being added while the museum remains closed. Unfortunately due to unforeseen utilities problems it is taking longer to reopen than we had anticipated. The pedestrian access is for the car park as this is privately owned, the toilets have had to be blocked off for health... More 

Chinley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

I have recently been on holiday in Keswick and had planned on buying a new set of pencils. I was pleased to hear that a shop had opened up on Station Street as the museum is currently closed. However upon visiting on Monday night at 16:45 I walked in to be told by the woman working there that she was... More 

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pencilmuseum2016, Manager at Cumberland Pencil Museum "Temporally Closed", responded to this review

I was disappointed to read your review that you were unable to buy pencils at the shop in Keswick, if you could ring the shop directly 01768773626 we can despatch them directly to you free of charge Kind Regards More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

My children love the pencil museum - lots of activities inside for the children, they can draw, watch films, there are masterclasses and games. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Factsnotfiction71
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Great set up....gives a fun way to all children into the history of their pencils with a quiz to follow as you go round the museum. Nice little café and the kids can really enjoy practicing certain drawing techniques with experienced artist and cartoonist.

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Thank Sandra P
Wigan, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Travelled from Wigan today after reading in a brochure that the museum would be open from June 2016. It's not! A look through the glass revealed a completely empty building with absolutely no signs of ANY work being done. Walked into Keswick from there as a sign stuck to the building said that pencils could be bought from a shop... More 

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Thank yarnlover2016
Southampton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

We had never heard of this attraction and made our visited to keep our friends happy.What a fantastic story of the amazing work carried out by this company in the 2nd world war. I will not ruin your visit by telling you the story--you must go and see it for yourself

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