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The Derwent Pencil Museum is in Keswick, in the north-west of England.
|Monday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
An enjoyable experience for me and decent variety of things to look at and listen to. They have some good ideas. There is also somewhere to try out the pencils. You even get to draw a sheep
Very reasonably priced entry, lots of information not just how pencils are made. Able to sit and draw and then visit the gift shop. Great reductions on products. Great coffee shop on site serving good quality food
Fascinating info on the history of graphite and the pencil industry. The making of the pencils in WW2 for aircrew to carry a hidden map and compass is a great story. Seeing examples and being able to buy a reproduction pencil is an excellent bit of fun. Pleasant café too. Your entrance 'ticket' is a pencil. Nice touch.
We love this place. It's a beautifully simple and happy museum - a celebration of a childhood tool. It always brings a smile to my face. It isn't big but it is gloriously formed. The cafe is wonderful. It was quiet when we went. It was clean and the food fresh and very tasty. The menu is simple but what they do do, they do very well. I wish more places adopted this approach. Great value for money. I can't recommend it highly enough!
Small museum with a passion for the pencil. All the history shown from their view. Café. WC. HC friendly. Big parking you can use if you want to walk the town after. The fabric is beside but closed down. Moved. Nice staff. Allow at least 30-45 minutes here.
Fascinating museum full of history, information and - pencils! Good cafe and well stocked shop. Well worth a visit. Look for the flood line, one metre up the wall, from December 2015.
Very interesting great for kids and adults. Reason for only 4 stars they need to sort out some air conditioning/ventilation. We were there on a very warm day, however some fans to help cool down the place would be good. Lovely Cafe.
We were on holiday with our wriggly 4.5 year old. It was raining and cold and we didn't expect much from the pencil museum. I am so glad we went. The quiz is brilliant and our little boy had a great time. Loads of parking, easy to find, not expensive and genuinely very interesting!
Avoid telling people that you have been. Got ribbing from friends that I was obsessed with stationery (true) or cruelly imposing boring museum visits on my kids (true but not in this case). A fascinating place... don't allocate a day to your visit but good nonetheless and you get a free pencil with your fee. Understand why they keep this in Keswick, but really should be next to the new factory, so they can give you a view of the manufacturing process like the Cadbury place in Birmingham.
super little place very friendly staff. mobility access excellent as all on one level. toilet was good for disabled as well. excellent shop if you like colouring pencils and books. super place.
Fascinating place and the quiz really helps keep your interest! Huge bonus getting a prize for it at the end too :D Don't agree with people saying it's too small etc! There's still a LOT of information to take in and absorb. Friendly staff, great food at the café. Would recommend :)
Interesting small museum. There is a lot more history to making pencils than I expected! Fun quiz, shop with excellent selection of drawing equipment and books, pleasant cafe.
Good value at £5. Interesting history to read and videos to watch. A quiz with 20 questions helped focus our minds while going round and earned us 4 pencils and a pack of erasers and a pack of pencil grips. Friendly staff too.
I didn't have much expectations before I went here, but was unexpectedly surprised. Staff extremely friendly and helpful. Adding the quiz really adds to the experience and gets you to interact more. Would recommend for others, probably centred more towards adults than kids though
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Educational as well as fun. Staff very friendly and helpful. Cafe very nice and lovely soup.
Went here to kill some time on a rainy day...what an amazing place! Fantastic, especially the info about the RAF James Bond pencil. Wow, definitely worth a visit. Cafe is canny too.
A nice informative place to go although not the best for really young children I don't think. Wheelchair access is brilliant. There's also a cafe and little shop.
Great for a visit. Especially for the artist in you. Has the world's largest pencil and information on how pencils are made, has a great shop selling all Derwent pencils and art supplies. Lovely cafe which makes gorgeous coffees and cakes.
Interesting place! Did you know that graphite was mire valuable than gold in 1650? Neither did I! Lots of other interesting facts regarding the mining of graphite and the production of pencils reside in this museum. Including one of WWlls secret weapons. Worth a visit. Very friendly staff and a great cafe.