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Cumberland Pencil Museum "Temporally Closed"

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Address: | Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG, England
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+44 17687 73626
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00

The Pencil Museum is Currently Closed for Major Renovations, Due to Severe...

The Pencil Museum is Currently Closed for Major Renovations, Due to Severe flooding in Dec 2015. We are working hard to reopen the museum as quickly as is possible, scheduled to be the end of 2016. Sincere apologies for any disappointment this may cause, we look forward to welcoming you back to the new museum.

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Temporary Shop.

We have previously visited the factory outlet shop which is at presently under repair due to the terrible flooding,but the make do shop is worth a visit just to see the vast... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
steve p
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

People please be respectful, the museum was hit by very bad flooding it is closed but it is under going renovations and will be opening middle of the year.

Thank Kay B
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have previously visited the factory outlet shop which is at presently under repair due to the terrible flooding,but the make do shop is worth a visit just to see the vast selection of paints etc available if you are into painting drawing or model making the helpful staff can advise to get you sorted.

Thank steve p
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

After the first visit and finding the Pencil museum closed this time I checked on line for opening times before visiting to see it was open till 4.30 so we drove the 2.5 hours to visit to find it was still closed. Suppose will try again next year. 3rd times the charm I suppose.

Thank gailnrich23
Ashton in Makerfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

not sure why I did't look on here first, but the building looks like it is closed for good. I did read somewhere that it reopens at Easter time, but this looks unrealistic. Went as a kid with my dad and loved it by all accounts, tried to take my girlfriend - no joy. good memories though

1 Thank rmurray86
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

... well get a grip! I'll tell you! It's all about pencils. This was actually one of William Shakespeare's favourite museums, although in the gift shop he couldn't decide what to buy; 2B or not 2B. Not to put too fine a point on it, but you'll need to get your tickets quick, they're going sharpish! I don't want to... More 

2 Thank Theo P
Northwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

!t's still closed after the disastrous floods a couple of years back. It's such a bonkers place though and my kids have always loved it and were disappointed it was shut. However we look forward to the problems with local utilities being sorted and going back next year. A sign in the car park perhaps and on the road before... More 

Thank neddyb1
Warrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

Very disappointed the museum was shut for refurbishment?..Looked very drab and went all the way to the entrance before we saw the sign to say it was shut......

1 Thank angieF1314OH
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

Having seen other reviews dating Sep 2016 I had assumed that the pencil museum had reopened. It hasn't. It won't be opening until Easter 2017 due to flood damage. There is a shop in Keswick which sells Derwent pencils.

Thank Lisa43
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

We took our grandchildren with us to visit the pencil museum, they loved trying to find the clues and answer to the activity sheet they received. They also loved trying on the dressing up clothes as a pilot and particuarly enjoyed sitting down colouring and trying out the water pencils. On the whole a very enjoyable experience that I would... More 

Thank Bexindra
Oldbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

Cannot understand the posts below extolling the virtues on the museum - it is shut, there are no signs of any work being carried out. It looks and feels derelict. The signs stating it will re-open soon are all faded, the toilets are blocked off by iron grids. Really strange experience as there is a sign indicating pedestrian access ad... More 

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pencilmuseum2016, Manager at Cumberland Pencil Museum "Temporally Closed", responded to this review

Thank you for your review, the museum has notified trip advisor that posts are being added while the museum remains closed. Unfortunately due to unforeseen utilities problems it is taking longer to reopen than we had anticipated. The pedestrian access is for the car park as this is privately owned, the toilets have had to be blocked off for health... More 

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