Visitor Information on Keswick, Lake District including pictures, videos and recommended things to do
Keswick is an ancient market town dating back to 1276 where Edward I granted the Lord of the Manor of Derwentwater a charter to hold a market on Saturdays. This market became the heart of Keswick and is still thriving over 700 years later. Keswick is in a stunning location, nestled between mountains and the banks of Derwentwater in north Lake District. The word ‘Keswick’ comes from the Norse meaning cheese farm, probably relating to its earliest settlement days in the 1240s. Nowadays, the market offers fruits and vegetables, local produce, clothing, local art and crafts and much more.
Surrounding the pedestrianised market square is the dominating grade II listed building, the Moot Hall. First built in 1571, it has been used for various purposes in the past such as a covered market, museum and prison. Now it homes the National Park Information Centre, always a good place to start exploring the area. There are also lovely shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs in Keswick town contributing to the town’s pleasant charm. Other important landmarks worth visiting include the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery which displays the Musical Stones of Skiddaw, one of Britain’s oldest surviving cinemas, the Alhambra established in 1913 and a modern theatre by the lakeside.
Keswick also has two parks; Hope Park and Fitz Park offer beautifully planted gardens as well as open space with crazy golf and ‘pitch and putt’ facilities. The lake is just a 10 minute walk from the town centre where you can hire boats, go on launch trips and leisurely lakeside walks; click here for more information, pictures and videos on Derwentwater Lake. Despite being a small town, Keswick has so much to offer and with accommodation in abundance, every need and budget is catered for. So whether you are a long stay tourist or a day visitor, there really is something for everyone in Keswick.