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Places to stay in Keswick

A small market town in beautiful surroundings, Keswick has been a popular tourist destination for hundreds of years. This is partly because of its situation close to two of the park's most famous lakes - Derwentwater to the south, where the famous Theatre by the Lake can be found, and Bassenthwaite Lake to the north-west. Whinlatter Forest Park, England's only mountain forest, can also be found to the west.

Keswick plays host to a number of annual events, including jazz, film and beer festivals, as well as several museums and attractions - the eccentric Cumberland Pencil Museum among them!

Hostels in Keswick
Hostels in Keswick

Right in the heart of the Lake District, the spacious YHA Keswick is situated in a stunning location on the banks of the river Greta, making it the ideal base for a walking holiday with all the family. If you had another location in mind, YHA operates hostels all over the Lake District: Hawse End Bunkhouse, YHA Buttermere and YHA Hawkshead are just a few.


Five Free Things To Do In Keswick

Visit the lakes
Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake are both within walking distance and are two of the most beautiful lakes in the area.

Whinlatter Forest Park
Full of walking trails and wildlife of all kinds - including red squirrels, deer and woodland birds - this forest park is a great place for kids to get close to nature.

The Puzzling Place
Children will love this exhibition of weird optical illusions and brain-taxing puzzles. Most areas are free but there is a small charge for the World of Illusions exhibit.

Moot Hall
This historic Grade II listed building now serves as Keswick's tourist information centre, but its interesting design makes it worth a visit in itself.

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery
With some truly strange exhibits - Victorian rollerblades, the Musical Stones of Skiddaw and a 666-year-old cat are just a few - this is sure to entrance and delight the whole family.

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