Derwent Pencil Museum

Nestled amongst the beautiful hills and lakes, a little piece of British history has been drawing artists and art fans to Cumbria for generations.

The Derwent Pencil Museum is a quirky British exhibition, located in Keswick, Cumbria, United Kingdom, next to the site of the original Derwent factory.

Curated by art materials manufacturer Derwent, the museum takes visitors on a journey through time to discover how graphite was discovered not far from the museum site, how pencils were first made in the United Kingdom, taking visitors through to the modern-day manufacturing processes that help create the award-winning pencils used by artists globally.

The Keswick-based attraction includes the record-breaking world’s largest colouring pencil too, where many a visitor has stopped to have their photo taken.

Featuring a large exhibition space, visitors will be able to discover the latest works from both local, regional and national artists – often created with Derwent’s innovative ranges.

After your tour around the museum, the Artisan café features handmade and home-baked sandwiches, cakes and pastries alongside a wide selection of coffee, tea and soft drinks.

The on-site gift shop features all the best Derwent materials for artists of all skills to take away, including the award winning Inktense, Procolour and Lightfast collections. There’s always a range of special offers for visitors too, making sure that artistic inspiration is both colourful and affordable.

Although tickets for the destination can’t be booked online, they can be bought at the museum itself – with some great offers for families and large groups. Hourly parking can be bought on site, meaning there’s not far to walk! Check the museum’s website for current opening times due to the Covid19 virus.

You can find out more about the Derwent Pencil Museum at or by calling the Museum directly on +44 17687 73626