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The Lake District Sights

Cumberland Pencil Museum

  • Carding Mill La. Map It
  • Keswick

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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.

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Southey Works, Carding Mill La., Keswick, CA12 5NG, England

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Sight Details:

  • £4.50
  • Daily 9:30–5; last admission at 4


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