Keswick and its attractions

Moot Hall
Keswick from Castle Head

Set between the north shores of Derwent Water and the slopes of the Skiddaw fells, Keswick is in a splendid location at the heart of the Northern Lake District National Park.

The town has many historical buildings, interesting small independent shops, a diverse range of restaurants, bars and cafes serving a variety of snacks and meals. Attractions include beautiful parks, museums, a leisure pool, crazy golf or pitch and putt, tennis courts, bowls greens, a cinema and the ever popular Theatre by the Lake.

Whether you enjoy easy, low level walks or want to tackle one (or more) of the famous 'Wainwrights' there is something here to satisfy all levels of ability. If some of this sounds a little too strenuous for you there are plenty of alternatives to walking if you prefer something a little more leisurely.

The lakeland towns of Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere are within a half hour drive and to the west is Cockermouth, the birthplace of William Wordsworth. A little further afield is the historic city of Carlisle, and beyond that the high Pennines, Scottish borders and Hadrians Wall.

View over Derwent Water Boat landings in Keswick

We have various books, maps and guides to help you plan your days out, and we can advise on walking routes or places to visit.