Keswick in the Lake District

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It took us 4 hours to travel to Keswick, in the Lake District.

Our destination was down a little lane named Vicarage Hill. We arrived at Lairbeck Hotel at just after 4pm, Wow! 

We got out of the car and the view of the mountain was amazing, with its crevices and streams running down them.  

The Lairbeck Hotel nestled in the mountains of Keswick
View from our Lairbeck Hotel

Lairbeck Hotel

We entered the hotel and stood back in amazement, the grandeur of the place was amazing, full of charm.  Didn’t realise it was this posh when we booked it!  The Lairbeck was listed as 3-star hotel, but more like a 4-star. 

The building had a lot of history and photos of the families that had previously owned it. There was a grand open staircase in the large hall which led to the bedrooms.

Each of the rooms had a number and a name on them.  We were shown to room 16, “The Maid’s Room”, opposite us was “The Cook’s Room”.

The room was snug with lots of beams, we were in the roof space area and it felt very cosy.

Theatre by the Lake

We took a walk into Keswick and visited an upmarket cafe that did Tapas, it had a nice atmosphere but the tapas was mediocre. 

Then went on to visit the Theatre on the Lake, the views were amazing.  

We booked to see a production called “Dracula”, which was ok.  The show finished at 10:45pm, we then took a 20 minute walk back to our hotel.

The following day we walked into Keswick town centre and spent most of the day looking around the shops.

The shops are mostly outdoor clothing type stores but there are also some lovely gift shops.

Derwent Pencil Museum, Keswick

We visited the Pencil Museum in the afternoon. I like to visit these random museums, as you should never judge a book by its cover.

  It was surprisingly good with a little something for everyone

A fun face in the hole photo board at Derwent Pencil Museum
Derwent Pencil Museum

Afterwards we visited a nice tearoom called The Strawberry Cafe and had tea and a snack, it was yummy. 

Alhambra Cinema, Keswick

We came across an old cinema called The Alhambra, they were showing a Hindi film that night called The Lunchbox so couldn’t resist going to see it …

The Lunchbox movie poster

 …how lucky.  It was a great little film and the cinema was fantastic.

They had a members club which were mainly seniors but they were so welcoming.  They even offered a free coffee to take into the cinema!   

The seats were comfy and the film was great, it was about a woman who sent a tiffin box to her husband but it gets delivered to the wrong man which sparks written notes between the two strangers.

Went to an Italian restaurant on the way back to the hotel, best Italian i’d ever had.


To read what else the Lake District has to offer, read my 4 days in the Lake District or 10 places to visit in the Lake District blog post.

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