What to do in Keswick … Indoors.

by David Murray on 19 July 2011

in Attractions, Cumbria, Indoor activities, Keswick, Mining, Museums

Keswick is a marvellous centre for Lake District outdoor pursuits, but also there are things to do and to see under the cover of a roof.

Today, following a morning at the Keswick Convention, I walked past three very interesting places (well, more really, but I’ll mention three) all very close to the centre of town. First is the Motor Museum. To write about it in detail might seem a little fraudulent on my part as I’ve never actually been inside, but especially if you’re accompanied by children (old or young!) can you resist the slogan “Cars of the Stars“?

Motor Museum Keswick - Cars of the Stars

No more than two or three minutes walk away, at the foot of Otley Road, is the Keswick Mining Museum. I’ve walked past it without visiting for years, and what a mistake! Ian Tyler has assembled an amazing record of mining and quarrying in Cumbria – graphite, copper, lead, coal, slate, and that’s just a sample. The building looks small, but don’t be deceived. There’s a wealth of mind-stretching interest inside those walls. Oh, and the books; what an array of mining publications old and new. I’ve vowed to return and to write more extensively about this staggering collection which so reflects its owner’s passion for his subject.

Keswick Mining Museum - Lake District

And so back to the car. I’d parked by the Pencil Museum. I’ve been in there before and didn’t take time to look again today, but this museum has a great reputation and should be on anyone’s itinerary when visiting the area.

Pencil Museum Keswick - Lake District - Cumbria

So there we are. Just three of the interesting places in Keswick for those days when outside activity might be less than appealing to many of us.

Pencil Museum - Keswick - Lake District Cumbria

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