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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 more!

A great day-out for the family and we look forward to welcoming you.


  • Derwent Gift Shop - can't wait until you get here? Check out our online gift store!
  • Coffee Shop
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Baby changing facilities

Opening times

Summer Opening

Opening hours (1st April - 30th October)
Monday - Sunday: 9:30am - 5pm
Last admissions at 4pm

Winter Opening

Opening hours (31st October - 31st March)
Wednesday - Sunday: 9:30am - 5pm
Last admissions at 4pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays


Tickets can only be purchased on site.

Admission prices

Adult: £6.25
Child: £4.85
Senior/Concession: £5.45


2 adults + 1 child: £15.50
2 adults + 2 children: £19.50
2 adults + 3 children: £23.50


Yearly membership: £30.00
(Two adults and up to 3 children)
Includes 10% discount in the coffee shop and gift shop.

Address and directions

The Derwent Pencil Museum
Southey Works,
CA12 5NG

Phone: 01768 773626

See location on map.

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We have been awarded the latest accreditation from Visit England, which was applied for and presented to the Pencil Museum.