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Derwent Pencil Museum

| Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
+44 17687 73626
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August 2010

Ever seen history of a pencil ! U will never take a pencil for granted after learning about this... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile

Find out how pencils are made and the history of the lead for the pencils. Plenty of interest for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike M
Poole, United Kingdom
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Derwent Pencil Museum Keswick Opening times Open every day included Sunday 09.30-17.00pm (except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day). Parking Please Note - The car park is operated by Allerdale Bourgh Council and is not part of the Derwent Pencil Museum - parking charges apply. Admission prices Adults £4.50 Senior/student £4.50 Child £3.95 2 adults +1 child £12.50 2 adults + 2 Children £14.50 2 adults + 3 children £16.50 Yearly Membership ( 2 adults + up to 3 children) £25.00 plus 10% discount in the café and gift shop.
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| Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
+44 17687 73626
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Ever seen history of a pencil ! U will never take a pencil for granted after learning about this Kids loved it a lot and Picked up lots of pencils no doubt

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Find out how pencils are made and the history of the lead for the pencils. Plenty of interest for children. Car parking. Well presented displays and information boards. Free pencil given on entry and a pencil prize for those completing a quiz.

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Probably should have used TripAdvisor about this one before we went, as although it was fairly interesting it was a poor experience for the price. It’s basically a single room displaying posters and pencils, but we hoped to see more about manufacture (there are a...More

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today with 11 and 14 year old they weren’t keen on the idea at first, but once we got in there they were engaged in the half term quiz activity and enjoyed having their phot taken with the large pencil ✏️. Cost about £14...More

Thank Emma T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The wife went when she was younger and wanted to take the kids (3 and 1)! Turned out learned a lot and was very good! Defiantly worth a visit if you're in the area! Very good for the kids!!

Thank David L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a small museum but we learnt so much in the 80 minutes we spent there. Really intrigued by the secret pencil story and the history of the Pencil making industry.

Thank New_South_Woodies
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was disappointed that the museum car park charge starts at £3.50. I think it's money grabbing after I paid for lunch in their cafe plus the entrance fee, so about £40 spent in their business and I still have to pay to park. I...More

Thank Leighrache
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though the factory is at Workington, this is the site of the original production. The museum was very interesting providing lots of useful information, backed up with video films. A good place to visit when the weather is not so good.

Thank MudHut007
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This might sound silly but you should go! We (63) enjoyed it. I learned a lot about graphite and pencils. Plus, the ticket is a pencil and you get to keep it!

Thank Elaine N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the most fascinating and interesting museum ever spent ages in here learning of the history of the pencil and the café was excellent value and good food too! never knew it would be so absorbing.. disappointingly there was no little guide book available.

Thank Diana H
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1 June 2017|
Response from pencilmuseum | Property representative |
Hello - yes we welcome dogs into the museum on a lead they can't unfortunately go in the cafe but we have outside seating. Kind Regards Derwent Pencil Museum
Lucy G
12 April 2017|
Response from Derwent P | Property representative |
Hi Lucy, we are hoping to reopen on Friday, 26th May. We have been refurbishing the Museum after a severe flood last year.