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“A bit underwhelming”

Derwent Pencil Museum
Ranked #43 of 75 things to do in Keswick
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the place it once was. Visited on a rainy day. Reasonably informative but some of the boards were quite text heavy and hidden gems of information were stuck in display cabinets. Good to celebrate the history of the factory but felt that more could have been made of the value of graphite and the significance of the factory for the town itself. We were given a quiz to do ( as a group of 4 adults) and a pencil each as we entered. Prizes for the completed quiz was two coloured pencils and some pencil grippers which seemed a bit odd given the age of the group. Probably ok with younger children?
Well stocked shop, and busy attractive café.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the the Derwent pencil museum with my wife and my two daughters and we got a family ticket witch was £14.50 witch I think was a good price.
My daughters did a quiz witch included reading the information in the museum to get the answers. Once we finished we had the 4 Derwent pencils that we were giving to do the quiz and the girls got 2 coloured pencils a pack of 3 pencil grips and 3 pencil erasers.
Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What was once a really interesting and quite atmospheric old museum featuring the history of graphite and the pencil industry in the Lake District has, through no fault of its own, been decimated by the floods of December 2015. What has sprung up in its place is a rather functional building housing the pencil shop, a small cafe and what can only now be described as an "exhibition area" rather than a proper museum.

That hasn't stopped the owners expected visitors to pay at least the same admission price as previously and although there are still some interesting artefacts in the exhibition, this is no longer the good value visit that it once was. Still, if its raining and you've got kids in tow, there is a small artists' area for the children to try their own hand at producing artwork with the lovely pencils that you will inevitably be buying to go home with after your visit here. If you are budget minded, you may find various vouchers available locally & on the web that can be used to make your visit better value,

Thank Peter W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small, but if the kids like coloring, a good place for a rainy afternoon. If you are in the lakes, and it is raining then this can keep the kids busy for about 1 to 2 hours. We had luck and our kids liked it, and want to come back.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recommend a visit to this amazing museum. The staff are informed and very helpful. The food is fresh and there is plenty of it. The toilets are free - what a blessing and the Derwent Pencil Museum is part of our living history. As one of the staff members said “ there’s more to Derwent pencils than you realise”

Highly recommend a visit but allow at least half day to do justice to the information provided.

Kathy and Meaghan Yarramumdi Australia March 2018.

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