History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The area is strong in literary associations; the poet Southey lived here from 1803-1843, and Samuel Coleridge inhabited Greta Hall (now part of Keswick School) from 1800-1809. On the outskirts of Keswick is Crosthwaite Church, established by St Kentigern in AD 533. Southey is buried in the churchyard, as is Canon Rawnsley, co-founder of the National Trust.
The Moot Hall was a product of the 16th century prospoerity brought by the mining boom, though the building was later remodeled in the Victorian period. Many of the buildings in central Keswick boast 19th century frontages over much older medieval cores. In the Edwardian period Keswick became a popular leisure centre, with a variety of boarding houses and hotels springing up around the town. In the hills around the town a plethora of Italianate villas sprouted up.
A popular attraction is the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, located on the north east side of town in Fitz Park, where visitors can see a scale model of the Lake District; an invaluable aid to planning travel!. Just outside Keswick is Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of the most atmospheric such circles in England. Located in a natural amphitheatre in the hills, Castlerigg can be reached by easy walks.
Address: Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England
Attraction Type: Town
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Derwent Island House - 0.4 miles (Historic Building)
Keswick Museum - 0.4 miles (Museum)
Castlerigg - 0.9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Crosthwaite, St Kentigern's Church - 1.1 miles (Historic Church)
Derwentwater - 2 miles (Countryside)
Lodore Falls Waterfall - 2.6 miles (Countryside)
Dodd Wood - 3 miles (Countryside)
Mirehouse - 3.9 miles (Historic House)
Nearest Accommodation to Keswick:
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Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 017687 72645
Fax: 017687 75043