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Covid Update 
Face Masks:
- Due to increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases, we have decided that mandatory face wear during your visit to the Pencil Museum will continue after the 19th July, until further notice. This is to ensure the continued safety of all our staff and visitors. This does not apply to those who are exempt.
- Telephone bookings will no longer be required at the Museum from Monday 19th July.
Test and Trace:
- Test and Trace is still in place and scanning of the NHS QR code or completion of a paper form will be required for all visitors over the age of 16.
- Chargeable parking is available onsite. Please use the ticket machines provided.
Children's Activities:
- Children's activities will resume from Monday 26th July. Various activities will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays between 10am to 11.30am and 2pm to 3.30pm – booking is not necessary.

***** Please note: From 1st Nov new Winter Opening Hours (1 Nov - Feb 2022) 
Wed-Sun (9.30-5 pm). Last admissions at 4 pm. The museum will be CLOSED on Mondays and Tuesdays.*****

Visitor safety

Your visit to the museum may be a little different due to the new safety procedures we have now put in place, however, our focus still remains on delivering an enjoyable museum experience.
  1. We have carried out a thorough risk assessment of our entire business, sharing the results with every member of our team.
  2. Extensive training has been given to all employees on hygiene, social distancing and transmission risks.
  3. Increased cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures are in place throughout the building.
  4. We have taken all reasonable steps to ensure people can maintain a safe social distance.
  5. At the beginning of each day, every member of our team has their temperature taken, and we will be recording visitor and staff details in line with the Government's contact track and trace initiative with the NHS.

We have been awarded the latest accreditation from Visit England, which was applied for and presented to the Pencil Museum to show that Visit England are happy for us to receive visitors once again.

Home of the world's first pencil!

Located in Keswick, the home of the first pencil, visitors enter this museum through a replica graphite mine which would have served as the source of the pencil industry over three centuries ago. A journey of graphite and pencil discovery from its humble beginnings as a cottage industry to modern day production.

Discover our secret WW2 pencils with hidden maps; one of the largest colour pencils in the world measuring almost 8 metres; The Queen's diamond Jubilee pencil; miniature pencil sculptures; and much much more! We also have a Derwent fine art retail shop, run art workshops and there is a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi. A great day-out for the family and we look forward to welcoming you.

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