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Destination guide

Find an enchanting Keswick holiday cottage

It might be overshadowed by the hulking peak of Skiddaw, in the highland depths of the Lake District National Park, but Keswick is a real stunner. It has long inspired the ditties of great Romantic poets and it's easy to see why. Stone-built Victorian architecture lines the streets and haunting churches tower overhead, all spilling down to the edge of mirror-like Derwentwater, where the grey and brooding massifs lurch atop the horizon. Keswick holiday lettings are an obvious pick for outdoorsy types, but they can also be a base for culture buffs in search of jazz fests and the hallowed homes of the Lake Poets.

History

Culture and heritage around Keswick holiday lettings

The age of this stone-built town beneath the rising fells of the Lake District is palpable. There's no question that it's an old place. You can feel that as you wander the medieval market squares, spying out stern buildings, like Moot Hall, which dates back to the 16th century. However, Keswick's most famous period probably came with the golden age of English Romanticism. To uncover that story, head to Greta Hall, built around 1800. It was once the home of the revered poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and where he met his contemporary, William Wordsworth.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Keswick

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Keswick a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Whinlatter Forest Park (4.8 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Rookin House Activity Centre (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
  • Lake District Wildlife Park (8.3 mi / 13.3 km)
  • Brantwood (15.9 mi / 25.6 km)
  • Go Ape Grizedale (17 mi / 27.4 km)
  • Maryport Golf Club (17.3 mi / 27.9 km)
Outdoor activities

Getting outdoors from your Keswick holiday cottage

Keswick holiday rentals have all the hiking routes and paths of the most mountainous corner of the Lake District right on their doorstep. That means you can pull on the boots and head out to conquer the 3,000-foot-high summit of Skiddaw, or go for the rock-ribbed ravines of Grisedale Pike, all without having to drive or catch a bus to the trailhead. The glistening surface of Derwentwater offers even more in the way of outdoors adventure. From wild swimming to canoeing, there are plenty of challenging ways explore the iconic lake.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Keswick

Travellers love Keswick for its panoramic lake views and pristine countryside. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, Keswick is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Derwent Water (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • Hope Park (1.2 mi / 2 km)
  • Lodore Falls (1.3 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Whinlatter Forest Park (4.8 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Hellvellyn (5.8 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Buttermere (6.2 mi / 10 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Keswick

The nearest airport is in Carlisle (CAX), located 28.3 mi (45.5 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Getting around the Keswick area

It's likely you'll have already packed the hiking boots for that trip to a Keswick holiday cottage. That's a great idea, especially considering just how walkable the whole place is. Not only is the centre compact and criss-crossed by neat medieval lanes and market squares, but the banks of Derwentwater and the surrounding mountains can all be readily explored on foot, too. Of course, having your own car will add a little extra freedom to the mix. It will also mean you can pick from more off-the-beaten-path holiday rentals, hidden in the woods and green valleys elsewhere in the Lake District.

Food & drink 

Food and drink to try in Keswick

No matter whether you're cooking your own treats in a self-catering Keswick holiday rental or hopping between the gastropubs and teahouses in the heart of the old town, it's possible to sample all sorts of regional delicacies on that Lake District break. Cumberland sausage is a real favourite. It's a curled sausage, sold by weight in local butcher shops, and typically made with a high content of pork meat and just a smattering of pepper and herbs. Something totally different awaits in the cafes. Afternoon teas are nothing short of ritualistic in the north of England. In Cumbria, they are regularly accompanied by gingerbread biscuits or a gooey serving of sticky toffee pudding.

Essential info

Key facts and things to know about Keswick

  • Around 5,000 people live permanently in Keswick
  • Snow is common in the Lake District in the winter months
  • You should book that Keswick holiday cottage early, if you're planning on coming during the popular summertime
  • Both Newcastle Airport and Manchester Airport are within 2 hours' drive of Keswick
  • Keswick is entirely located inside the Lake District National Park

How many holiday rentals are available around Keswick?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,074 holiday lettings around Keswick. From 540 cottages to 67 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent Cottages in Keswick?

Yes, of course. Vrbo UK offers 540 Cottages in Keswick. Our other popular types of Keswick holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 67 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 540 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 929 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Keswick?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 77 holiday homes with pool available in Keswick. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.