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Derwent Pencil Museum

| Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
+44 17687 73626
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OK, but could do better

As far as it goes, the display in this little museum is interesting - I never knew about the origin... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brian H
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Draw your own conclusions

We loved the pencil museum - from being greeted by one of the old vans outside, to the mine tunnel... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Riggseys
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Shrewsbury
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Derwent Pencil Museum Keswick Opening times Open every day included Sunday 09.30-17.00pm (except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day). Parking Please Note - The car park is operated by Allerdale Bourgh Council and is not part of the Derwent Pencil Museum - parking charges apply. Admission prices Adults £4.50 Senior/student £4.50 Child £3.95 2 adults +1 child £12.50 2 adults + 2 Children £14.50 2 adults + 3 children £16.50 Yearly Membership ( 2 adults + up to 3 children) £25.00 plus 10% discount in the café and gift shop.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good42%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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| Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As far as it goes, the display in this little museum is interesting - I never knew about the origin of the humble pencil nor its use by MI5 in the second world war, for example. As I left the main hall however I was...More

Thank Brian H
pencilmuseum, Manager at Derwent Pencil Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review on the Derwent Pencil Musuem We are pleased you found the museum interesting and enjoyed your lunch in the cafe. We currently looking at the way the videos are played in the museum and your comments regarding a defined timetable...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the pencil museum - from being greeted by one of the old vans outside, to the mine tunnel at the entrance, the intriguing pencil making process to the shop and café at the end. There is a mine of very interesting information (pun...More

Thank Riggseys
pencilmuseum, Manager at Derwent Pencil Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your recent review on the Derwent Pencil Museum We are pleased to hear that you loved your visit and enjoyed the fascinating facts and information on pencil manufacture and graphite mining. We are currently in the process of arranging for sub titles...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so thankful that the museum reopens in time for my visit as I was checking the website and there was no news of it opening before my travel. It is rare to get an opportunity to visit such a museum. My other friends...More

Thank Kim025Singapore
pencilmuseum, Manager at Derwent Pencil Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your recent review of the Derwent Pencil Museum. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your first visit to the museum and found our history of graphite discovery and pencil manufacture interesting. We hope you enjoy using the watercolour pencils you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the re-opening of this lovely Museum since it was flooded out in Storm Desmond 18months ago. Dont understand some of the negative comments on this website, and do wonder what some people are expecting from a Pencil Museum! It is just that, nicely...More

Thank JMTIG
pencilmuseum, Manager at Derwent Pencil Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments and feedback - we are delighted you enjoyed your visit Kind Regards Derwent Pencil Museum

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to visit from West Yorkshire on a day trip. Was really easy to find. As expected in a tourist area parking was charges for and so decided to pay for full days parking as we were going to the lake as well. The museum...More

Thank bronipel
pencilmuseum, Manager at Derwent Pencil Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments and feedback - we are delighted you enjoyed your visit Kind Regards Derwent Pencil Museum

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a little gem of a museum. We visited here the other day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Before we came we did look on TripAdvisor and have got to say it did make us slightly weary but you also have to remember it is...More

Thank HarrietH123
pencilmuseum, Manager at Derwent Pencil Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments and feedback - we are delighted you enjoyed your visit Kind Regards Derwent Pencil Museum

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed me visit to the pencil museum. The staff were all friendly and we'll informed. The museum albeit a little small gave a fascinating insite into the history of the pencil,espionage included. The audio visual experience of pencil manufacturing was also very interesting. Also being...More

Thank Gareth H
pencilmuseum, Manager at Derwent Pencil Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments and feedback - we are delighted you enjoyed your visit Kind Regards Derwent Pencil Museum

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been there many years ago... Was great then. I am a bit surprised that it's called a museum; especially since it's just a display area in the shop, of a much smaller size. It's been priced totally inappropriately for the place. Charity donation with...More

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pencilmuseum, Manager at Derwent Pencil Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments and feedback- The display gallery is now twice the size of the original museum light and airy allowing visitors space to leisurely read the history information and look at the exhibits. As your comments state the car park is a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

And very expensive for only one room two grandsons aged almost 8 loved the longest pencil in the world and the art roomMore

Thank 28hannah2017
pencilmuseum, Manager at Derwent Pencil Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments - we are sorry you were a little disappointed with you visit. The museum previously was very dated with low ceilings and constricted spaces, the gallery space we have now enables visitors to comfortably read all the history and look...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The pencil museum cafe was great had cake and latte, very nice, decided to pay to go in the museum..NOT WORTH THE MONEY AT ALL . all that's in The museum is a large pencil and a lot of boards with writing on for you...More

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pencilmuseum, Manager at Derwent Pencil Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your recent review on The Derwent Pencil Museum. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit. We have tried to ensure that all exhibits and information that have been re introduced to the museum, have been...More

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srlucas2017
Is it dog friendly?
1 June 2017|
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Response from pencilmuseum | Property representative |
Hello - yes we welcome dogs into the museum on a lead they can't unfortunately go in the cafe but we have outside seating. Kind Regards Derwent Pencil Museum
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Lucy G
When will the Pencil Museum open again?
12 April 2017|
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Response from Derwent P | Property representative |
Hi Lucy, we are hoping to reopen on Friday, 26th May. We have been refurbishing the Museum after a severe flood last year.
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