Accommodations Flights Flight + Hotel Car Rentals Airport Taxis

Visit Keswick: Your Travel Guide

Things to Do in Keswick

The Derwentwater Walk
This beautiful trail takes in the quiet awesomeness of Derwentwater, the "Queen of the Lakes." Ten miles of well-marked paths loop around its still shores, taking you past age-old forests and rugged fells. For picture-perfect views, head to Friar's Crag and look out over the lake towards the bumpy Cat Bells ridge.
The Cumbria Way
Keswick marks the 72-mile Cumbria Way's halfway point. If you follow the River Derwent from Langdale, you'€ll see everything from flapping kingfishers and soaring merlin to hardy Herdwick sheep. The more isolated, northern stretch to Caldbeck takes in windswept moors and the rugged beauty of the Blencathra Mountains.
The Wainwrights Walk
It takes experienced hikers two weeks to climb all 214 of the Wainwrights' peaks. From Keswick, you can circle around the 24 summits of the Northern Fells in a couple of days. Start your trek with a more relaxed walk up the lowest fell, Latrigg, then gradually work your way up to the over 3,000-foot-high Skiddaw to take in some mindblowing lake views.
The Lake District National Park
The best way to see the Lakes’ unspoiled shores is from up above. Pathways go up and over hilltops, like the route to the Old Man of Coniston, a summit looking on to Coniston Water – the largest stretch of water in the Lake District. Walkers with limited mobility will also find plenty of paths along the "Miles without Stiles" trails.
Whinlatter Forest
An adventure awaits on this so-called "mountain forest" – the only one of its kind in England. At almost 1,000 feet above sea level, the trails are challenging enough for biking and orienteering. While Nordic walking fans and those looking for a relaxing hike will both be happy. Among the tall conifers, you’ll spot red squirrels and osprey, as well as views of Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater, and Keswick.
Quercus Trail
Take in the sprawling Whinlatter Forest as you move beneath its treetops. The 4.5-mile-long Quercus Trail runs through twists and turns. As the forest becomes thicker and darker, you’ll emerge back into the open as the path brings you to a wooden boardwalk overshadowed by tall conifers.
The Old Keswick to Penrith Railway
This gorgeous route through the River Greta Gorge is a perfect outing for you and your furry friends. You’ll weave and wind your way along the river, which is home to herons and other wildlife. After such a picturesque trek, enjoy some well-deserved refreshments in the quaint village of Threlkeld.
Skiddaw via Sale How Walk
If you truly want to get away from it all, the summit of England’s sixth highest mountain is splendidly isolated. For a relatively easy walk, follow the well-graded route via Sale How that gently wraps around the northern side of the imposing mound. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of high moors and rolling hills as far as the eye can see.
Whinlatter Forest Park
The crazy terrain of this park has a lot to offer for mountain bike enthusiasts. For casual riders, there’s the Quercus Trail, a smooth track with gentle berms and shallow climbs. And for accomplished bikers, the 12-mile Altura Trail blends together all kinds of jumps, rocks and cork screws.
The Skiddaw Loop
There’s a reason the Skiddaw Loop is a Lakeland classic. You’ll ride through some of the most wild and beautiful sections of the Northern Fells, with panoramic mountain views around every bend. The circuit is best for experienced mountain bikers, as some of the twists and turns can prove to be quite a challenge.
Derwentwater
Derwentwater is one of the main bodies of water in the Lake District National Park – and it’s perfect for pooches who love nothing more than to splash about. There are also companies that offer boat cruises which allow pets on board – just make sure you keep your furry friend on a lead!
Lowther Castle & Gardens
This charming castle and its grounds welcome well-behaved dogs with open arms. As long as your pooch remains on a lead, you can both wander where you please on the premises. Dogs are even allowed inside an area of the café, provided they are calm around strangers.

When to Go to Keswick

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
45 ℉ 38 ℉
45 ℉ 36 ℉
49 ℉ 37 ℉
52 ℉ 39 ℉
57 ℉ 45 ℉
63 ℉ 49 ℉
68 ℉ 53 ℉
65 ℉ 53 ℉
62 ℉ 48 ℉
57 ℉ 45 ℉
50 ℉ 41 ℉
48 ℉ 39 ℉
19 %
15 %
17 %
15 %
14 %
13 %
14 %
15 %
15 %
18 %
19 %
19 %

Traveler Reviews & Photos

Margaret
10
Exceptional
Everything is in easy reach from hotels. My husband has mobility issues so being able to come out of the hotel and walk to shops restaurants and pubs was great. The scenery around is wonderful and only a short drive to local points of interest
Margaret
United Kingdom
April 13, 2018
Andrew
8
Very Good
Lovely town centre, busy during day but quiet at night. Easy access to walks around Keswick. The Cheif Justice of the Common Pleas is a lovely Witherspoon pub where food and drinks are good quality and good value.
Andrew
United Kingdom
April 15, 2018
Julie
8
Very Good
Keswick itself is good. A few shops, nice cafes and pubs. Only gripe as with whole of Cumbria is being fleeced for parking. We would of eaten there at night but wasn’t going to wait until 7pm to get reduced parking rate....
Julie
United Kingdom
April 14, 2018
Michael
10
Exceptional
Wonderful location near beautiful lake and hill walks. Great pubs, interesting shops. Dog friendly. Welcoming atmosphere. But make sure that you book a table for dinner because this bustling little town can get booked up very quickly.
Michael
United Kingdom
April 15, 2018
John
10
Exceptional
Keswick is a great place to visit. Lots to do and plenty to see. We will be coming back. Castlerigg Stones is a must see.
John
Australia
April 14, 2018

Accommodations & Hotels in Keswick

Royal Oak at Keswick - A Thwaites Inn of Character

8.7 Excellent

Score from 833 reviews

$158

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    232 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    187 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    172 related reviews
Highfield Hotel & Restaurant

8.9 Excellent

Score from 551 reviews

$93

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    88 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    77 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    62 related reviews
Derwentwater Hotel

7.5 Good

Score from 1,743 reviews

$109

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    271 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    222 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    158 related reviews
Keswick Park Hotel

8.1 Very Good

Score from 552 reviews

$85

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    114 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    108 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    48 related reviews
Skiddaw Hotel

8.7 Excellent

Score from 807 reviews

$117

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    65 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    59 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    43 related reviews
Crow Park Hotel

8.8 Excellent

Score from 595 reviews

$114

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    141 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    101 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    60 related reviews
The Leathes Head Country House Hotel

9.3 Awesome

Score from 271 reviews

$141

Average price per night
  • “excellent quality of food”
    71 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    65 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    37 related reviews
The Kings Arms Hotel

8.6 Excellent

Score from 563 reviews

$108

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    71 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    46 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    44 related reviews
Inn on the Square

9 Awesome

Score from 633 reviews

$114

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    147 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    95 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    53 related reviews

A really nice walk around Derwent Water, about 8 Miles. You can walk part way around Lake a catch the Keswick Launch to take you back to Keswick if you do not want to walk so far. There is a good Tourist Information Office in the centre.

Plan route, plan for wet and dry weather. Always follow Country Code, don't leave rubbish behind unless its binned. Remember to leave it as you found it so others can enjoy it.

The performance at the Keswick Theatre was fantastic, and that is from someone who never goes to the theatre

The shops are unique where you can find things that are not "run of the mill" chainstore goods.

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Keswick for food?

the restaurant was very good and staff were brilliant

Views of derwent water from ashness bridge.

Take good boots and waterproofs.

Be well equipt and take advice.

Inspirational!

Find accommodations in Keswick

Travel Guides for Top Destinations

Travel Guide Ambleside
Walking · Scenery · Relaxation
Travel Guide Grasmere
Walking · Scenery · Relaxation
Travel Guide Windermere
Scenery · Lakes · Walking
Travel Guide Bowness-on-Windermere
Scenery · Lakes · Walking
Travel Guide Cockermouth
Scenery · Walking · Relaxation
Travel Guide Carlisle
Shopping · History · Castles