Things to do in Keswick

Things to do in Keswick

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Discover the best attractions and things to do in Keswick

From stretches of sparkling lakes to vibrant town centre attractions, find great things to do in Keswick.

Keswick is a bustling market town situated in the famous Lake District National Park. This lively hotspot welcomes visitors all year round, boasting scenic walking trails, fun attractions, and one of the best Keswick things to do, meet some Alpacas!

Keswick attractions

Discover a wealth of renowned attractions including the popular Derwent Pencil Museum,  The route up the nearby fell, Catbells is a wonderful opportunity to explore the great outdoors. The Castlerigg Stone Circle is a popular heritage attraction, a Neolithic site with views over Helvellyn and High Seat. Other must-see attractions include

Keswick activities

A 10-minute walk from the town centre is the magnificent Derwentwater, one of the main bodies of water in the Lake District. The 8-mile trail around its circumference takes advantage of some spectacular views. Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities at the fun-filled Kong Adventure, visit the Theatre by the Lake, or make friends at Alpacaly Ever After.

Things to do near Keswick

If you’re looking for a day out, delight in the number of things to do near Keswick. Venture over to Ulverston, Ambleside or Kendal for a memorable afternoon out. Alternatively, get the full Lake District experience on the incredible waters of Bowness-on-Windermere.

Keep reading to discover exciting and fun things to do in Keswick…

  • Alpacaly Ever After

    Alpacaly Ever After

    The Lingholm Estate
    CA12 5TZ

    017687 78328

    Based on the edges of Derwentwater at the beautiful Lingholm Estate, is Alpacaly Ever After, a unique and delightful experience for any animal lover. Take these friendly characters on a walk around the scenic estate or, if you are visiting the Lakes Distillery on a weekend, why not meet the alpacas and their babies? Make sure to book to avoid disappointment.

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  • Castlerigg Stone Circle

    Castlerigg Stone Circle

    Castle Lane
    CA12 4RN

    0370 333 1181

    A striking English Heritage site of stoned circles, thought to have formed over 5000 years ago and dramatically set among the surroundings of Lake District Mountains.

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  • Catbells


    CA12 5TU

    One of the most popular fells in the Lake District, boasting breathtaking views of Derwent Water and the neighbouring mountains.

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    Derwent Water

    CA12 5DG

    Just a short walk away from Keswick town is the stunning Derwent Lake, one of the core bodies of water in the Lake District and overlooked by the striking and sometimes dramatic Cumbrian Mountains.

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  • Kong Adventure

    Kong Adventure

    Kong Adventure is an activity centre based in Keswick, the Lake District. Offering a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities including climbing wall, café, outdoor equipment shop, escape room and much more.

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  • Skiddaw

    CA12 4PT

    As the sixth highest mountain range in England, Skiddaw dominates much of the Keswick skyline and provides an excellent location for many walking trails in the area.

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  • Suzanna Swims

    Suzanna Swims – Open Water and Wild Swimming

    Enjoy the beauty of the Lakes from a new perspective! Suzanna guides swimmers of all abilities around some of the best wild swimming and open water spots in the area, providing a thrilling alternative to the usual Lakeland activities.

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  • The Lakes Distillery

    The Lakes Distillery

    CA13 9SJ

    Located near Bassenthwaite, the Lakes Distillery not only creates spirits but also offers a visitor centre, shop, bar and bistro, in which visitors can sample the spirits and other local produce. Take a tour of the distillery and see how they create the Lakes Malt, Lakes Gin and Lakes Vodka.

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  • Theatre by the Lake

    Theatre by the Lake

    Lake Rd
    CA12 5DJ

    Situated on the edge of Derwent Water is the popular Theatre by the Lake, which hosts many entertaining theatrical performances from comedy, opera and drama to more educational lectures, drawing in speakers from across the whole country.

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