"Keswick - Queen Of The Lakes" Top 5 Page for this destination Keswick by steventilly

Keswick Travel Guide: 147 reviews and 342 photos

Keswick is undoubtedly the Queen of the Northern lakes, and for my mind of the whole lake district. It stands by Derwentwater, a very pretty and accessible lake, and there are some great walks not far from the town (in fact there are some you can make by just walking OUT of the town).

Keswick is the principal town in the Northern Lakes. It enjoys a magnificent setting by Derwentwater and is surrounded by some great walking country. Skiddaw and Blencathra lie just behind the town while Borrwodale and Coledale lie to either side of Derwentwater.
Because of these factors Keswick is the major tourist destination in the area and apparently has more B&B's and guest houses per head of population than anywhere else in the country!
The town has a good variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants and a good number of shops, although the camping/walking/climbing type of shops greatly outnumber the other shops in the town.
Keswick boasts a fantastic theatre "The Theatre By The Lake" (the successor to the rickety old assembly of portacabins that used to be called "The Blue Box Theatre") and a Cinema. There's even a pencil museum!

There are several parks in Keswick, the three main ones being Fitz Park, Hope Park and Crow Park, and each offers different things but all are nice places to relax.

I'll show you what's in and around Keswick, particularly the pubs & restaurants ;-) You'll find that there's a bit of overlap between this page and my Derwentwater page, that's unavoidable.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Pubs, Cafes, Shops, Hotels, Walks, Lake, Scenery, Access...
  • Cons:Parking Can Be Difficult (& Expensive) At Peak Times
  • In a nutshell:Great Base For A Lakeland Holiday
  • Last visit to Keswick: Jul 2003
  • Intro Updated Sep 11, 2003
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  • lou31's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2008 at 2:59 AM

    Great info for my up and coming trip to the UK...thanks for sharing...liked the pics too!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2004 at 6:43 AM

    Good to see you are a Jennings man, even if a veggie one. ;P Indispensible pub guide. I must stop over for a Sneck Lifter sometime.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2004 at 2:06 PM

    Excellent pages, useful information.

  • 10eke's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2003 at 12:41 AM

    mushy peas? that does not sound yummy and doesn't look yummy neither ;-) I would go for the pizza place :)

  • hayward68's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2003 at 3:19 PM

    Stop taking pics of me eating! And yes you are a greedy pig :P!

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2003 at 5:53 AM

    hmm, those restaurant tips are making me feel like eating now, esp those veggie kebabs ;-)

  • aliante1981's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2003 at 1:15 AM

    Wow, that food looks great:))

  • Sep 10, 2003 at 12:47 PM

    No cons to Keswick?... TRY PARKING THERE IN THE SUMMER! Still.... a very detailed set of tips and info that I'd otherwise totally agree with.


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