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Derwent Pencil Museum

Welcome to the Derwent Pencil Museum: home of the world's first pencil!

Welcome to the Derwent Pencil Museum: home of the world's first pencil!
Welcome to the Derwent Pencil Museum: 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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Opening Times / Prices

We are open every day (except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day).

Mon-Sun 9.30-5pm 


Admission prices

Adult                                    £4.95

Senior/Student/Child           £4.50

Child                                     £3.95


2 adults + 1 child               £12.50

2 adults + 2 children          £14.50

2 adults + 3 children          £16.50

Yearly membership            £25.00

(Two adults and up to 3 children)

Includes 10% discount in the café and gift shop.

Upcoming Workshops & Classes

New for September 2017: Children's Saturday Morning Beginners Art classes aimed at children 8 years old and above. A four-week taster course learning drawing techniques and skills (10.00-11.30 am). Course fee £40.00. For more details and to book, please call the Museum 017687 73626.

How to find us

The Derwent Pencil Museum

Southey Works,
CA12 5NG

Tel: 01768 773626

Download a map to the Cumberland Pencil Museum.

By car

From M6 Junction 40.
Follow signs for A66 Keswick. Ignore first sign for Keswick after approximately 16 miles. Continue on the A66 to the next roundabout ?take first exit. Continue to T junction turn left towards Keswick Town Centre. You will now see the factory on your left. Take first left and follow the signs to the museum.

By train

Our nearest train station is Penrith approximately 17 miles away. It is on the West Coast Main Line and is regularly served by trains from the north and south. A bus service taking approximately 40 minutes connects Penrith Station with Keswick Bus Station. Keswick Taxis will meet trains by prior arrangement.
For train times call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or visit their web site.

By bus

The main bus station is located approximately 5 minutes walk away. There are regular bus services to and from Keswick from the surrounding area.
For more information and to plan your journey contact.

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