Things to Do in Keswick

People riding the Keswick Launch on Derwentwater

As one of the most popular destinations in the Lake District, you can be sure that there are plenty of things to do in Keswick. Whatever’s up your street, there’s bound to be something for you to enjoy.

Things to do Outside in Keswick

Of course, as you’d expect, we’re big fans of everything outdoors and everything adventurous. Fortunately, Keswick is the best place for that. Surrounded by towering mountains, on the shores of a glittering lake, and close to impressive valleys, you’re never short of a thing or two to do!

You can take a look at all of our outdoor activities and book your own guided adventure, or – if you have the right experience – head out on your own. There are walks galore directly from Keswick, or in Borrowdale or the Newlands Valley. Rock climbers and boulderers can go indoors in Keswick, or outdoors in Borrowdale. If you’re a water lover, hire a boat at Derwentwater or take a cruise on one of the Keswick Launches.

Things to do Inside in Keswick

If the weather’s a bit wet or you just fancy a break from the outdoors, Keswick also has plenty of indoor activities. The town boasts two local museums, a theatre, Art Deco cinema, Puzzling Place, and lots of shops. There are also stately homes nearby, as well as forest walks at Whinlatter and Dodd Wood, which will keep you sheltered.

For food and drink – ranging from sit down meals to tastings – take a look at our guides to eating and drinking in Keswick.

So, read our guides below, make your plans, and get ready for an amazing time in the most beautiful part of the country! And, don’t forget, you can book an outdoor adventure with us and we promise you’ll have an incredible time!

17 May 2023

11 of the Best Walks In and Around Keswick

Walking in and around Keswick is a real pleasure thanks to the beautiful scenery, range of options, and easy access. It can be just a few minutes by foot, car, boat or bus until you’re at the base of a mountain or along the side of a lake.
8 March 2023

Guide to Derwentwater in the Lake District

Derwentwater is one of the Lake District’s most famous and best loved lakes thanks to its ease of access, position close to the town of Keswick, spectacular views, and activities available. It’s also the lake where many of our outdoor adventure activities take place, so we’re in, on and around it on an almost daily basis! So here’s our guide to our favourite lake in the Lake District!
25 January 2023

Short Walks in Keswick

Although the Lake District is an amazing place for long hikes, sometimes you just want a gentle stroll to stretch your legs, or a short walk to fill in an hour or two before dinner. Fortunately, Keswick offers plenty of opportunity for a quick potter in the mountains, along the lake shores, and by the rivers.