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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.


Facilities

  • 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

Christmas 2022 opening
  • 21st December to 24th December
  • Closed 25th and 26th December
  • 27th December to 31st December
Winter hours resume from 2nd January

Pricing

Tickets can only be purchased on site.

Admission prices

Adult: £5.75
Child: £4.35
Student/Concession: £4.95

Family

2 adults + 1 child: £14.35
2 adults + 2 children: £16.65
2 adults + 3 children: £18.95

Membership

Yearly membership: £25.00
(Two adults and up to 3 children)
Includes 10% discount in the coffee shop and gift shop.

Address and directions

Address:
The Derwent Pencil Museum
Southey Works,
Keswick,
Cumbria,
CA12 5NG
UK

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.