With such a range of first-class scenery on its doorstep, Keswick is the obvious major location from which to explore the northern Lake District. Its role as a bustling market town in earlier centuries, serving the mining industry in nearby valleys, changed during the 19th century when tourism came to Keswick in the form of hotels and lodging houses. Whilst the town has a rather Victorian flavour as a result, it has a modern-day energy and all the amenities that visitors could wish for.
The trainline that brought so many tourists to Keswick ‘back in the day’ no longer operates, but the town is well located just a few miles from the M6 motorway. Once in Keswick, many of the northern Lake District’s most appealing aspects are nearby, including beautiful lakes, glistening tarns, charming villages, and the mighty fells, hence the great allure of it as a base.
The town itself is worthy of exploration, with plenty of shops and an excellent outdoor market that takes places on each Saturday throughout the year, and on Thursdays from February to December. There are three museums in the town, galleries and craft shops, and the highly regarded Theatre by the Lake. The lake itself is Derwentwater, a ten-minute walk from the town. Various water sports are available, and boats run regularly to take passengers to any of the drop off points around the edge of the lake. There are a host of other attractions nearby to Keswick, and with a good stock of accommodations and places to eat at, visitors are well taken care of here.