Visit a Museum and explore Keswick's colourful history

The origins of today’s tourism industry began in the late 18thC when the first visitors started to arrive encouraged by the area’s close connections with famous writers and artists who were themselves inspired by the great scenic beauty of the area. Mirehouse, just outside Keswick is a beautiful family run historic house with strong literary connections. Step back in time to the 1770s and experience William Wordsworth’s childhood home at Wordsworth House and Gardens in nearby Cockermouth.Discover the history of slate mining at Honister Slate Mine or visit the home of the first pencil at Derwent Pencil Museum where you can trace the history of pencil making through displays and carefully restored machinery. Exhibitions, events and displays at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery overlooking Fitz Park tell the story of Keswick's landscape, history and culture.

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