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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.


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.


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 1,539 holiday lettings around Keswick. From 1,244 cottages to 62 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 a rural property in Keswick?

There's something kind of special about living out in the countryside. If you're a city dweller longing for a rural living experience, let us sort you out. HomeAway has 354 rural rental properties in this destination. Looking for a different atmosphere? See if any of our other properties steal your heart. Our selection here includes:

  • 304 lakeside holiday accommodation options.
  • 265 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 195 mountainside holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Keswick?

Wave goodbye to standardized, cookie cutter chain-hotel rooms. Our house holiday rentals have an unique, personal touch — as well as all the space you and your group could need! There are 1,084 options currently on HomeAway. Prices start at £57 per night. Or maybe you'd rather pick one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Cottage: 570 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £54 per night.
  • Apartment: 66 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £55 per night.
  • Hotel: 54 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £33 per night.

Can I stay in Keswick in a large group?

Whether you're taking off on a special getaway with the entire family or spending a few nights away with your old school mates, it's a whole lot of fun staying under the one roof! And the best news is that HomeAway has options to suit. 205 house holiday rentals are available. Currently, they're the preferred option here for sizeable groups. The lodging options that can cater to large numbers in the area include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we've got 716 properties perfect for that size. Stay a night for as little as £57.
  • If you have 5 in your group, you'll be pleased to discover that there are 258 holiday rentals suitable. You can book one for as little as £74 a night.
  • Organising a trip away with a group of 8? We've got 250 rental accommodation that will be perfect. Prices start from £99 a night.

So don't worry! When you book with us you can bring along your uncle, your cousins and all your pals to Keswick.