Things to do in Keswick When It’s Raining

The weather in the Lake District can be notoriously unpredictable, but over the summer months you can guarantee that it will definitely throw it down at some point. It’s always a good idea to have a Plan B up your sleeve in case of a sudden downpour. Even when the weather isn’t co-operating, there’s plenty of things to see and do in Keswick that you can do indoors. Read on for our suggestions.

Puzzling Place

For a really fun activity for all the family, visit Puzzling Place, a unique attraction where you can step straight into an optical illusion. You won’t believe your eyes when you enter the “Anti-Gravity” room, where everything might seem a little off-kilter; the Forced Perspective Room lets you walk into an incredible illusion where people seem to grow and shrink as they walk around the room. At the end of the optical illusion exhibit, there’s a shop full of fun games and puzzles, providing even more entertainment for a rainy day.

Honister Slate Mine

One way of escaping the rain is to head underground - go on an adventure into the heart of a Lake District mountain when you visit Honister Slate Mine. Less than half an hour’s drive from Keswick, Honister gives you the opportunity to see just what goes on in a slate mine, with their underground mine tours and adrenaline-pumping “Climb the Mine” experience, where you’ll tackle vertical climbs, rope bridges and ladders to explore the hidden passages and caverns where Honister slate was once extracted by miners. 

Derwent Pencil Museum

Did you know that Keswick is the home of the first pencil? The Derwent Pencil Museum takes you on a journey through a replica graphite mine - discover how pencils were used in WW2 to hide secret maps, and marvel at one of the largest colour pencils in the world, measuring almost 8 metres. The Derwent Pencil Museum is a fun attraction for all the family, with regular children's activities throughout the summer. There is also a fantastic art shop with a wide selection of art supplies to get creative at home or for lovely presents.

Keswick Brewing Company

If you like your craft beers, you should make visiting Keswick Brewing Company a priority. Keswick Brewery hosts a gift shop full of bottled beers, mini casks, clothing, a bar (of course), and also offers guided tours of the brewery. Find out why Keswick Brewing Company uses sheep's wool when making their beer, what exactly goes into the brewing process, and finish the tour off by sampling a few of the delicious beers on offer in their Fox Tap Bar.

Have an Indoor Adventure

Keswick Climbing Wall offers indoor climbing, bouldering and indoor archery so it is an ideal venue if it is wet. Climbing lessons are available if you have never tried it before, while experienced climbers have a good range of challenges to test them. Kong Adventure has a hard play area where younger kids can experience climbing and caving in a fun, safe environment where they will be able to learn through play. It is also home to 48 roped lines and 4 auto-belays and the Kong Escape Room, a real live game where participants have to work together to solve a whole host of puzzles to escape the room.

Explore Keswick’s cafés, shops, pubs, and restaurants

Another great way to spend a rainy day in Keswick is exploring our town centre, where we have a wealth of quirky cafés and shops, cosy pubs, and restaurants. There is a wide range of independent shops and galleries offering local produce, clothing, gifts, jewellery, toys, food and drink, and much more. There are lots of cafés and restaurants to explore, with everything from bakeries and delis, to patisseries, tearooms and restaurants offering food from Italy, Thailand, Mexico and more. Put your feet up at the end of a long day in one of Keswick’s many pubs, where you can enjoy a local pint and classic pub food. You can explore the many culinary options available in Keswick by visiting our website here. 

Keswick Museum

If you’d like to learn more about the local area, the Keswick Museum is a great place to start. The Keswick Museum features a fantastic local history collection, going back as far as Roman times, as well as unique and interesting exhibits such as a man trap, a set of musical stones, and even a 700 year old mummified cat! As well as the exhibits and art collections, the museum also holds family activities, guided tours, events and talks. 

We hope that this blog post has given you some ideas on what Keswick has to offer during the occasional spell of bad weather! For more information about Keswick and things to do in the local area, visit