Cumberland Pencil Museum

Enter the Pencil Museum through a replica of the Seathwaite mine where graphite was first discovered 350 years ago.

Through words, pictures and carefully restored machinery you can trace the history of pencil making and see how Derwent Fine Art Pencils are made today.

The video theatre shows a presentation detailing the history of pencil making in Keswick, including the current production methods.

Be amazed at the Worlds Longest Coloured Pencil, and see a World War 2 Pencil designed like a James Bond Gadget.

There is a themed quiz for the children to enjoy on their visit through the museum, a monthly drawing competition, where the winners have a chance to win luxury Derwent Pencils Gifts and their drawing displayed in the on-line gallery for visitors all over the world to see.

Open 362 days, the pencil museum is an ideal all weather family attraction in Keswick, with Lake District events and activities to entertain throughout the whole year.

The Cumberland Pencil Museum
Southey Works,
CA12 5NG

The museum is open all year round
from 9.30am to 5pm daily.
Last admission 4pm

Tel: 44 (0) 17687 73626

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  • Jen

    We went here last year and it was actually really interesting! The pencil is actually much more useful and historic than you’d give it credit for! And personalised pencils on site there and then!! Awesome