Keswick is the North Lakes’ most popular holiday destination, and in such an idyllic location, it’s really no wonder this little town has such a big reputation. If you can stay longer we highly recommend it. The Lake District is one of the UK’s most loved National Parks and there is so much to explore, from water sports to conquering a fell or two. Not only that but it has provided literary inspiration throughout the ages; there’s no shortage of stunning scenery here. However, if you only have a one day to spare these are all the places you really shouldn’t miss.
You’ve arrived. Early morning sunshine is beginning to illuminate the iconic scenery of north west England’s most beautiful National Park, and you’ve chosen the town of Keswick to explore. After your journey either by car or train – both get you to Keswick without issue – you’ll first be after a quaint, countryside breakfast. Talk a walk down Main Street, starring the photogenic Moot Hall Clock Tower at its heart, to find the small but mighty Merienda Cafe, who can serve you up a gourmet fry-up complete with rare breed bacon and a host of breakfasty additions. Or, if you’re feeling healthy, porridge oats with toppings of your choice.
Now it’s time to see the town. Keswick, Main Street in particular, is a thriving shopping location where you can find anything from antique books to boutique jewellery, speciality foods to big outdoor brands. Make sure you visit on a Saturday if you want to grab a Made in Cumbria bargain at Keswick’s traditional, weekly market.
When it comes to family friendly fun, options here are a plenty. Bring your costumes and your towel for a dip in Keswick Leisure Pool (complete with water slides and scheduled tidal waves). Or for those wanting to stay a touch dryer, try the infamous Puzzling Place – a holographic adventure in optical illusions that won’t just entertain the children in your group.
And after all that walking, you’re hungry again. Who could blame you. So venture through the George Fisher Store in the town centre to their in-house cafe, Abrahams, for what has been called the best lunch in Keswick, all while you plot your potential buys from the floor below. Choose from hot food, salads and sandwiches; be sure to leave room for pudding too.
If the store gets you feeling adventurous, release your inner-Tarzan at Keswick Indoor Climbing Wall, or failing that, climb a mountain or two – they don’t charge at all! The hike to Castlehead reveals spectacular views of Keswick and Bassenthwaite for very little effort and only an hour out of the day.
If you fancy something a little fancy for dinner head to Morrel’s restaurant, situated on Lake Road. It features daily specials and is open Tuesday-Sunday each week. The menu is just the right amount of posh with a wide range of fish and meat dishes on offer. Top tip: Make sure you leave room for dessert. You can thank us later.
Last but not least, finish your day off with some culture. Take a five minute stroll from the restaurant to the Theatre by the Lake, situated on the shores of Derwentwater, one of the most picturesque locations in all of Keswick. Here you’ll find live entertainment from drama to dance, films to concerts. It’s a lovely way to round of a trip to the lovely town of Keswick.