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Cumberland Pencil Museum, Keswick, Cumbria

Cumberland Pencil Museum
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The first pencils ever made were manufactured at Keswick following the discovery of graphite in the Seathwaite Valley.

It started as a small cottage industry but the Cumberland Pencil Company grew naturally out of these small businesses and its formation in 1832 set a benchmark for quality that has lasted to the present day.

The Cumberland Pencil Company manufactures the world famous Derwent Fine Art pencils. These are used by professional and leisure artists who have come to acknowledge the tradition, craftsmanship and quality of Derwent.

To discover more fascinating facts about pencils and their history, why not visit the Cumberland Pencil Museum. With over 100,000 visitors a year it is one of the Lake District's top tourist attractions.


Months Open: All year
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Discount for Groups: Yes
Coach Parking: Yes
Car Parking: Yes

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