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One-Day or 12-Month Family Pass to The Derwent Pencil Museum

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Follow a journey of a pencil industry from its humble beginnings to the modern times and see one of the world’s biggest coloured pencils

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10 ratings9 reviews
June 11, 2021
We learned so much because it was presented in such an interesting way. Not just the pencils but the WW2 secret, the pencil sharpener collection and where all the componenets come from. There was an exhibition of pencil art that was quite beyond was achievable. Excellent value, especially for a family.
August 8, 2020
enjoyed museum sadly there were no craft activities because of covid 19 would visit again
2 ratings2 reviews
March 31, 2020
A very pleasant and informative couple of hours.
1 ratings1 reviews
March 4, 2020
This annual membership is a great way to enjoy the Pencil Museum. We were staying in the vicinity during half-term week, and the fact that we could wander around and sample the activities - as well as all the history, of course - at our leisure, made the museum a valued part of our whole week. Our seven-year-old daughter loved lots of the activities, but it was also much appreciated that the museum has thought to include the adults in learning more as they go around, by offering them a separate quiz sheet to complete. At the end of our visits, we were amazed by the shop, and the great selection of not just pencils, but lots of other art materials - again, aimed at all ages - which were on sale. And the fact that our membership gives us an extra discount was another bonus. In all, we'd highly recommend anyone to add the Pencil Museum to their itinerary while in the Lake District visiting its other, better-known attractions. And for anyone tempted to mock the purpose of a 'pencil museum', it's a true reflection of one of the rare parts of our industrial heritage which is still thriving today. For this reason alone, it's well worth an afternoon of anyone's time.
1 ratings1 reviews
March 3, 2020
Very interesting and despite not being very big, its surprising how long you can spend there.
3 ratings3 reviews
February 7, 2020
Fab place with loads of history, definitely worth a trip 👍

About This Deal

Choose Between Two Options

  • £12.50 for a 12-month family pass (50% off)
  • £10 for a one-day family pass (39% off)

  • Family pass is valid for two adults and three children
  • Includes 10% discount for Artisan Cafe and Derwent retail shop

Fine Print

Expires 4 months after purchase. May be repurchased every 6 months. Limit 1 per up to 5 people, may buy 1 additional as a gift. No booking required. Present Groupon on arrival. Both passes are valid for two adults and up to 3 children. Valid for option purchased only.

About The Derwent Pencil Museum

Keswick, the alleged birthplace of the first pencil is now home to a museum dedicated to the pencil industry. Patrons enter the Derwent Pencil Museum through a replica of a graphite mine, a central source of materials for the industry over three centuries ago. Visitors can then follow a journey of the simple writing instrument, from the discovery of graphite to modern day production. A selection of activities awaits including discovering secret World War II pencils with hidden maps. The museum also runs a series of artist in residence workshops, with people like Beverley Haines, Valerie Woods and Karen Coulson demonstrating their talent to the students.