Derwent Pencil Museum

Derwent Pencil Museum

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Welcome to the Derwent Pencil Museum, home of the world's largest pencil! 

Located in the picturesque Lake District, the Derwent Pencil Museum is a gem of a museum that's well worth a visit. 

The museum is a fascinating insight into the history of pencil-making and the brand that's been crafting these handy little tools for over 180 years. You'll discover the different techniques used to create the perfect pencil, from graphite mining to wood processing, and get to see rare antique pencils from around the world.

Learn and discover in this interactive museum in Cumbria, a perfect day out for families

But it's not all about the history. The museum also boasts the world's largest pencil, standing tall at a whopping 26 feet! You can't help but feel a little dwarfed standing next to it, but it's a great spot for a fun photo op.

For the young (and young at heart), there are art activities during school holidays and quizzes are provided for all ages.

But let's not forget the gift shop, where you can stock up on all sorts of pencils, from classic graphite to vibrant-coloured ones, as well as bespoke museum gifts. 

With 80,000 visitors a year, Derwent Pencil Museum makes an excellent destination for rainy days out in Lake District

And if all that exploring works up an appetite, then make the most of the museum café serving up delicious homemade cakes and scones, soups and sandwiches. 

The Derwent Pencil Museum is a quirky and fun-filled day out for all ages. So next time you're in the Lake District, be sure to 'pencil' it into your itinerary!

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How to find us

By car

Follow signs for A66 Keswick. Ignore first sign for Keswick after approximately 16 miles. Continue on the A66 to the next roundabout and take the first exit. Continue to the T-junction and turn left towards Keswick Town Centre. You will now see the factory on your left. Take the first left and follow the signs to the museum.

By train

The nearest train station is Penrith, which is 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 taking approximately 40 minutes connects Penrith Station with Keswick Bus Station. Keswick Taxis will meet trains by prior arrangement.

By bus

The main bus station is located approximately 5 minutes walk away. There are regular bus services to and from Keswick from the surrounding area.
  • Paid parking
  • Café 
  • Toilets

Dogs are allowed throughout the building at Derwent Pencil Museum. 

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