The Derwent Pencil Museum is located in Keswick in the Northern Lake District. Take a journey of graphite and pencil discovery from its humble beginnings as a cottage industry to modern-day production.
Derwent Pencil Museum
Home to the first pencil and also one of the biggest colouring pencils in the world, there’s lots to discover at Derwent Pencil Museum. View the secret WW2 pencils with hidden maps. From spies to diamonds, you will certainly learn facts you weren’t expecting.
Attractions at the Derwent Pencil Museum
Measuring almost 8 metres, don’t miss one of the largest colouring pencils in the World.
Enter the museum through a replica graphite mine that would have served as the source of the pencil industry over three centuries ago.
There are all manner of pencils on display, ranging from The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pencil, miniature pencil sculptures and much more. They also have a Derwent fine art retail shop, run art workshops and there is a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi. It’s a great day-out for the family come rain or shine.
Perfect for rainy days for wet days, the museum is all indoors, filled with brilliant informative exhibits that help tell the tale of the pencil.
Travelling to Derwent Pencil Museum
Derwent Pencil Museum is located on the outskirts of Keswick in the Lake District. If travelling by car, head for the town of Keswick and follow the brown tourist signs to the museum.
Travelling by Train
The nearest railway station is at Penrith, approximately 17 miles away. It is on the West Coast Main Line and is regularly served by trains from the north and south. A bus service connects Penrith Railway Station with Keswick Bus Station. Search for your train tickets using Raileasy.
There are lots of places to stay in The Lake District. If you would like to explore some of the other attractions in the area then take a look at the self-catering cottages near Derwent Pencil Museum available from Snaptrip.
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