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Ye Olde Friars

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Address: 6-8 Market Square, Keswick CA12 5JD, England
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+44 17687 72234
09:30 - 17:30
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Sun 10:30 - 17:30
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:30

Located right in the heart of the Market Square, Ye Olde Friars has long...

Located right in the heart of the Market Square, Ye Olde Friars has long been one of Keswick's iconic shops. Spread across four shop fronts and with over 1000 lines including chocolates, sweets, gifts and preserves, Friars is a must visit.

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Sweetie heaven - adults and kids

Visited here today with hubby and 7 year old son. Hubby and I have been before but my son was literally in heaven with too many treats to choose from. Son opted for bag of sweets... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
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44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Visited here today with hubby and 7 year old son. Hubby and I have been before but my son was literally in heaven with too many treats to choose from. Son opted for bag of sweets, hubby some kendal mint cake and I bought some chutney - yes I am massive cheese and cracker girl. They have some amazing flavours... More 

Surat Thani, Thailand
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390 reviews
207 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

This must be the best and probably the biggest sweet shop in the country! Chocolates, mint cake, fudges, toffees.....all available and irresistable. If that isn't enough, there's a whole section devoted to biscuits, jams, chutneys and the famous Cumberland rum butter. It's impossible to leave empty handed! Easy to find on the Main Street opposite to the Moot Hall and... More 

Thank Suratrichard
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

A word of warning if you're a chocaholic and no will-power - expect to spend a fair bit of money! The various ranges of chocolates that look so mouth-wateringly tempting make it difficult to decide which one's to choose. At £3.99 for 100g it can give you an idea of a budget to set if you're watching the purse strings.... More 

Thank TheKatLady
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

If you like a little of the sweet stuff, this is the place to go. A huge selection of chocolate, boiled sweets, fudge, jams and sooooo much more.

Thank SueF2305
Peterborough, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

After a visit to Friars store in Keswick I found it quickly ruined and left feeling very uncomfortable having witnessed who I can only assume was some form of staff (an older female not in uniform) publicly and very rudely telling off another member of staff. I felt so sorry for the staff member who could only stand there and... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

We visit on a regular basis as its only an hour drive from where we live. It has a fantastic range of sweets and chocolate and has something for everyone. There's a lot of interesting gifts and a good selection of sweets. We spend around £30 per visit, the chocolate covered marizipan is a hit with my partner. Definately worth... More 

Thank carrotcake84
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Loads of interesting gifts, sweets and chocolates. Shop nicely set out, chocolate covered cinder toffee is a big hit ... we have had to go back and buy more after getting some at the start of the week's holiday.

Thank YorkLemonMeringue
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Very good shop in the heart of Keswick. A superb selection of sweets, chocolates and all those things you shouldn't eat but love. Friendly staff and not over priced - visited June 2016 whilst on holiday in The Lake District

Thank otterman4u
Manchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Helpful and friendly staff and sweets to enjoy. Good selection of gifts for any time of year. Well worth a visit.

Thank RW123187069
Darlington, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Been coming to this shop for about 40 years and always manage to find something that bit different. Ideal place to buy gifts or just treat your self. Well worth a visit

Thank ritchie20142015

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