If you’d like a relaxing day away from the fells, why not explore Keswick? The name Keswick is said to mean ‘place where cheese is made’ and while that may still be true, there is so much more to see and do. Keswick is the very heart of the Lake District – a charming, quaint town with a vibrant heart.
The town centre is pedestrianised which makes for a very pleasant, relaxing place to stroll and take in the atmosphere. The town was originally settled in around 1240, and its status as a market town dates all the way back to 1271, when it was granted a royal charter permitting a market on Saturdays – a market which still exists to this day. The town centre is dominated by the Moot Hall, which has in the past been a prison, a museum, a covered market and a courthouse. You will find shops, restaurants and cafes at every turn, in Market Square and down the alleys and side streets. As you might expect, Keswick offers the largest collection of outdoor equipment retailers in the country! You will also find many independent shops selling arts and crafts, jewellery and handmade items.
Carry on strolling and a short distance from the Market Square you will find two large public parks, Hope Park with its beautiful gardens and Fitz Park with a play area and space to play, as well as a picnic area beside the river. When you get to the lakeside you can hire a boat or you can take the launch service across the lake.
And if your taste is for the unusual museum, the Keswick Pencil Museum truly is a treat! At the end of a day exploring Keswick, return to the four-star hotel and enjoy a good meal in our AA Rosette winning restaurant, before deciding where to explore tomorrow.