The Lake District Travel Guide

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Derwent Pencil Museum

  • Carding Mill La. Map It
  • Keswick

Published 08/20/2030

Fodor's 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, so it's a good, family-friendly option on a rainy day.

Sight Information


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

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Sight Details:

  • £4.95

Published 08/20/2030


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