Pencil Museum

Southey Works, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5NR

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Nestled into Keswick, the heart of the Lake District, come and discover the colourful world that is home to a giant, an escape artist’s pencil, art adventures and the world’s longest colour pencil!

Be inspired by our artists and create your own adventures in art. With workshops in creative crafts from animation, cartoons and illustrations to model making there is something for all the family to create.

Discover the secrets behind the fascinating history of the escape artist’s pencil that RAF pilots carried with them during the war to guide them safely home, in our Secret Pencil Exhibition.

Find out exactly how we get colour into a pencil today and let the kids imaginations run free in the Kids Art Studio.Relax and have a cuppa and a sticky bun at our riverside location with views of Catbells.

Fun for all ages! We hope to welcome you soon.

Opening Times

Please contact Pencil Museum for the latest opening times.


Toilet facilities are situated at the rear of the museum with access from the car park. Baby changing facilities are available.


The museum is all on one level with no steps or ramps. Disabled parking is available opposite the main entrance to the museum.

Sketchers Coffee Shop

We have a coffee shop which serves a wide range of refreshments, soup, sandwiches, Paninis, and cakes.. On warmer or dry days you can enjoy your coffee in our outside seating area overlooking the River Greta.

Museum Shop

The museum shop offers the most comprehensive range of Derwent & Lakeland pencils and accessories anywhere in the UK plus an extensive range of art books. Orders can be placed and paid for over the phone for home delivery - telephone 017687 73626

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