Cumberland Pencil Museum

Cumberland Pencil

Cumberland Pencil - Credit: Archant

Come and discover the colourful World that is home to a giant, an escape artist’s pencil, art adventures and not forgetting tasty treats!

Situated in Keswick, Cumbria, the Pencil Museum is a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do. We are home to the Guinness book of records, World’s Longest Coloured pencil, which took 28 men to carry into the museum! Marvel at our James Bond style World War 2 pencil, then travel down our graphite mine and discover why pencils are manufactured here in Keswick. Legend has it that a violent thunderstorm in Borrowdale led to a new and strange discovery..., beyond the fells and through the mist, an ancient art form has grown (alright it’s 180 years old, but that’s older than your granny), and become the home of the World’s best pencils. Our new exhibition details through video and photography, the amazing hardships that surround the humble graphite pencil, and its struggle through history.


It’s never too early or late in life to get the pencils out. With workshops in creative crafts from animation, cartoons and illustrations to model making there is something for all the family to get creative with. Let the kids get messy in our themed art studio, we clean up the whirlwind! They’ll enjoy the activity trail, take home personalised pencils made before their very eyes and enter drawing competitions to win cool art stuff. There is no substitute for local and lovingly made food. We source all our food locally from the Cumbrian baked bread and scrummy scones with jam and cream, to seasonal veggies for our homemade comforting soup. We keep food miles to a minimum and delight in making sticky treats for you to tuck into. What could be better than a riverside location with views of Catbells with a cuppa and a sticky bun? The Pencil Museum is open 7 days from 9.30am till 5pm. Last admission to the museum 4pm. Please visit our website for further details and events.