The Cumberland Pencil Museum

From these origins, the pencil industry grew and this wonderful museum is at the site of the UK’s first Pencil Factory, opened in 1832.

When graphite was discovered in Borrowdale in the 1500s, shepherds began using the ‘strange new material’ to mark their sheep. Since then the pencil industry grew and this wonderful museum is at the site of the UK’s first Pencil Factory, opened in 1832.

Situated in Keswick, Cumbria, in the heart of the Lake District, the Pencil Museum is a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do.

Be amazed at the world’s longest colour pencil, marvel at the James Bond style World War II pencil, follow the history of pencil making in words, pictures and lovingly restored machinery, find out exactly how we get a lead into a pencil today and let the kids imaginations run free in the Kids Art Studio.