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Things to do in Keswick

Found at the heart of the Lake District National Park, the history rich market town of Keswick is located between the Skiddaw mountains and beautiful Derwentwater, the surrounding landscape in which Beatrix Potter found inspiration in for her early stories.

Keswick has become a major centre for tourism in the northern Lake District offering a range of attractions from shops, restaurants and an award-winning market, to museums with a twist and a theatre with an unrivalled view.

Plus the scenery and neigborouring areas host a variety of outdoor activities in Keswick for the nature lovers. Boating trips and marvellous trails are just a few of the activities to add to your list of things to do in Keswick.

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Hope Park

Based halfway between Keswick town and Derwentwater, Hope Park is one of Keswick’s main attractions. Offering plenty of family fun with mini golf, remote controlled boats, traditional games, nature trails and a picnic area, a trip to Hope Park is one of the top things to do in Keswick with kids. Go for a stroll in the stunning gardens while enjoying your English Lakes ice cream with a breathtaking backdrop. 


Keswick Launch

Cruise on the lake with Keswick Launch Co and basque in the beauty of Derwentwater while experiencing the scenery of Skiddaw, England’s fourth highest mountain, Catbells, and the ‘Jaws of Borrowdale’. A spectacular way to explore the Northern Lake District, and a convenient way to discover some famous landmarks as you can opt for a full 50 minute round boat trip or disembark at one of the eight jetties. Don’t forget your camera for this one.



Go Ape at Whinlatter Forest

A group of adults riding Forest Segways at Go Ape Whinlatter Forest a fantastic Keswick thing to do



Soak up the surrounding views while ticking off a bucket list experience at Go Ape Whinlatter. 

Take to the forest on two wheels with the all-terrain Forest Segway and ride along exclusive trails to vantage points over 1,000 feet above sea level with gasp-worthy views of the mountains. A unique and adventure-full day out for you and your tribe of adults or kids alike, adding a whole new dimension to your forest exploring.

Experience even more forest fun and take on the trees for a thrilling Treetop Adventure. A high-ropes course with tree-to-tree crossings, wobbly bridges and exhilerating zip wires packaged together for young children and families. 

For the slightly older explorers looking for a more adrenaline-filled treetop experience, Treetop Adventure Plus offers a level up and extension to the Go Ape classic Treetop Adventure.  

Treetop Adventure and Treetop Adventure Plus are the perfect ways to enjoy outdoor activities in Keswick with kids, and a great way to push young adventurers out of their comfort zone in a safe environment.

Located just a convenient 10 minute drive away from Keswick town centre, Whinlatter Forest itself is England’s only true mountain forest and home to the Lake District’s longest purpose built mountain bike trails.

Embark on a breath-taking journey with unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick at Go Ape Whinlatter, complete with a visitor centre, forest shop and cafe, Whinlatter Forest has everything needed for a family fun adventurous day out.

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The Puzzling Place

Visit the mind-boggling world of optical illusion. The Puzzling Place is a fun and interactive activity to experience with friends, or buckets of laughs for the whole family. The ‘Anti-gravity Room’, ‘Hologram Gallery’ and ‘Ames Room’, showcasing the same effect seen in Lord of the Rings to create tall and small people, are just a few of the illusions that'll leave you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. 


The Pencil Museum

Did you know Keswick is home to the very first pencil? Pencil making is still the major industry in the town and The Pencil Museum tells the origin story of pencil making in Keswick. It takes visitors on a journey of graphite and pencil discovery. Enter through a replica graphite mine and discover secret WW2 pencils with hidden maps, the Guinness World Record for the largest colour pencil, The Queen's diamond Jubilee pencil and more. A worthy stop on your list of things to do in Keswick.


Theatre by the Lake

A modern and intimate theatre with a remarkable lake view. Finish your adventure-packed day off with an evening brimming with creativity at Theatre by the Lake. Home to two stages and a reputation for hosting top notch theatre productions, kickback and watch local talent or touring companies featuring brilliant actors. Take in the view pre-show at the Lakeside restaurant, or dine in style even without a theatre reservation. 

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