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Cumberland Pencil Museum

Cumberland Pencil Museum Review

Legend has it that shepherds found graphite on Seathwaite Fell after a storm uprooted trees in the 16th century. The Derwent company still makes pencils here, and the museum contains the world's longest colored pencil (it takes 28 men to lift it), a pencil produced for World War II spies that contains a rolled-up map, and displays about graphite mining. There's a café and plenty of opportunities for kids to draw.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Southey Works, Carding Mill La., Keswick, CA12 5NG | Map It
  • Phone: 017687/73626
  • Cost: £4.25
  • Hours: Daily 9:30–5; last admission at 4
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  • Location: Keswick
Updated: 05-30-2014

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