Pencil Museum

Lonely Planet review

In the middle of the 17th century, graphite was discovered in the Borrowdale fells, and Keswick became the centre of pencil production. The old Cumberland Pencil Factory now houses this rather odd pencil-themed museum, whose exhibits include the world's longest pencil (measuring 8m from end to end) and a replica of a Borrowdale slate mine. Luxury Derwent colouring pencils are available for you to buy in the museum shop.