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During the Second World War students from St Katharine's College, Liverpool and Roedean School, Sussex, were evacuated to Keswick when their own buildings were requisitioned for use as a hospital and a navy base respectively.[54] Students were also brought to the safety of Keswick from Central Newcastle High School,[55] Hunmanby Hall School, Yorkshire,[56] and the Liverpool Orphanage.[57]

Keswick Tourist Information centre is in the Market Square, in the iconic Moot Hall:

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We're open seven days a week from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

If you have a technical problem with the accommodation booking process please email helpdesk@guestlink.co.uk or call 0844 209 25555 (calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone company's access charge). Open 9am - 5.30pm Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm Sat and Sun.

The copper mines prospered for about seventy years, but by the early 17th century the industry was in decline. Demand for copper fell and the cost of extracting it was high.[27] Graphite mining continued, and quarrying for slate began to grow in importance. Other small-scale industries grew up, such as tannery and weaving. Although the boom of the mid-16th century had finished, the town's economy did not slide into ruin, and the population remained generally constant at a little under 1,000.[28]

Keswick museum has several events organised for the summer, see http://keswickmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/family-activities/

The Lake District National Park Authority looks after this unique corner of England, encouraging people to enjoy and understand its beauty and helping those who live and work here. Our staff include rangers and field workers, advisers at our visitor centres, planners and ecologists.

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William Wordsworth is probably the best known of the Lakeland Poets. Experience the artistic heritage of the Lake District and see the works of today's artists.

Keswick (/ˈkɛzᵻk/) is an English market town and civil parish, historically in Cumberland, and since 1974 in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria. The town, in the Lake District National Park, just north of Derwentwater, and 4 miles (6.4 km) from Bassenthwaite, had a population of 4,821 at the time of the 2011 census.

Experience the natural beauty of Northern Lakeland on foot or by car. Sit, relax and dream, watch amazing wildlife, draw, paint or photograph.

The registers of Crosthwaite Church stated that there were 238 interments in 1623, believed to have been something between a twelfth and a tenth of the whole population of the parish at that time.[77] In the 1640s there was a sharp fall in population, brought on by the plague epidemic which affected Keswick, Carlisle, Cockermouth and Crosthwaite and other areas in 1645–47.[78]

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The town is served by other bus routes providing direct connections with Carlisle, Cockermouth, Kendal, Lancaster, Penrith, Windermere, Workington, and other towns and villages in the north west.[134] The flow of traffic from Penrith to Cockermouth and beyond was eased after the A66 was diverted to a new bypass in 1974, a development that caused controversy because of a prominent new viaduct carrying the road across the Greta Gorge to the north of the town.[135]

Classical music is presented throughout the year, both in conjunction with the Lake District Summer Music Festival[147] and independently through the Keswick Choral Society[148] and the Keswick Music Society, which was founded in 1947.[149] Performers in Keswick have included the Chilingirian Quartet,[147] the Royal Northern Sinfonia,[150] Tasmin Little,[151] the City of London Sinfonia,[149] Red Priest[149] and Nicolai Demidenko.[152]

Keswick is on the A66 road linking Workington and Penrith, as well as the A591, linking the town to Windermere, Kendal and Carlisle (via the A595).[129]

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Perfectly situated in the historic Moot Hall building, Keswick Information Centre is open all year round, providing information to over 300,000 visitors a year. It provides advertisers with a captive audience looking to spend time, and money, in the Lake District National Park and throughout Cumbria. Find out about advertising options at Keswick.

Climatically, Keswick is in the North West sector of the UK, which is characterised by cool summers, mild winters, and high monthly rainfalls throughout the year.[75] The wettest months fall at the end of the year, the peak average of 189.3 mm falling in October. Rain, sunshine and temperature figures are shown below.

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Keswick's chief industry is to promote the contentment and happiness of its visitors. Its pleasant position provides at the outset a tonic atmosphere ... it is set in the most delightful part of a delightful district, described by Wordsworth as "the loveliest spot that ever man has found." There are numerous places of interest and fine shops, and good accommodation is offered to visitors at reasonable prices. Keswick is the best centre from which to visit Lakeland.[53]

Grant to Thomas de Derwentewatere, and his heirs, of a weekly market on Saturday at Kesewik in Derewentfelles, co. Cumberland, and of a yearly fair there on the vigil, the feast and the morrow of St. Mary Magdalene, and the two days following.

The Mary Hewetson Cottage Hospital, founded in 1892, has fifteen beds and a minor injuries unit.[119] It underwent a major rebuilding and upgrade in 2013.[120]

The following are the listed buildings in Keswick. The listings are graded:[105]

For the adventurous of all ages this beautiful and unique environment allows many oportunities to test yourself in outdoor activities.

The majority of visitors arrive by car and are catered for by three town centre car parks, another large one next to the Theatre by the Lake, and smaller ones elsewhere in the town.[136]

Junior education is provided by St Herbert's School, which had a roll of 263 in 2013.[115][116] At senior level, Keswick and Lairthwaite schools merged in 1980 as a single comprehensive secondary school, with the name Keswick School. It was included in The Daily Telegraph's list of the top thirty comprehensives in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2014.[117] The Local Education Authority for Keswick is Cumbria.[118]

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The prominent social thinker and art critic John Ruskin, who had many associations with Keswick, once said that the town was a place almost too beautiful to live in. In October 1900, mainly through the efforts of Rawnsley, a simple memorial of Borrowdale slate was erected to Ruskin at Friars Crag. The monument is a now a Grade II listed structure.[97]


As at 2014 no other religions maintain dedicated buildings in Keswick; Muslim worship is accommodated on Fridays in a room at the local council building in Main Street.[104]

To make the most of your visit, pop in for leaflets, guides and advice from our friendly advisers. 

Among Keswick notables before the Lake Poets was Sir John Bankes, a leading Royalist during the English Civil War. He was Charles I's Attorney General and Chief Justice. Bankes was born at Castlerigg near Keswick in 1589.[156] A bust in his memory is in upper Fitz Park close to the museum.[157] In 2014 he was further commemorated by the conversion of the former Keswick courthouse into a bar named in his honour with his full title, "The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas".[158]

In addition to its growing importance as a tourist centre, Keswick developed a reputation for its manufacture of pencils during the 19th century. It had begun on a modest scale in or about 1792, as a cottage industry, using graphite mined locally. This developed on more industrial lines in factories purpose-built by several companies. Pencil making was the town's most important manufacturing industry by the mid-19th century, textiles and leather goods having declined.[40]