NOT many people would consider a trip to a British market town when thinking of a holiday with spectacular views, festivals and fancy restaurants.
But there’s one city in the UK that has all that and more to offer, including a strange museum that’s surprisingly popular with tourists.
Situated on one of the country’s largest lakes, Keswick is a very small town with a population of less than 5,000.
It remains a very popular tourist destination and was named the country’s most popular holiday destination earlier this year.
The Most Booked list, compiled by self-catering holiday specialist Cottages.com, was compiled after analyzing booking data.
Keswick was at the top of their list and was the most booked holiday destination in the UK.
And that’s not surprising when you have some of the most spectacular views in the country right on your doorstep.
Derwentwater Lake and Lake Bassenthwaite, the third and fourth largest lakes in the Lake District.
One visitor wrote in Google reviews about Bassenthwaite: “Absolutely lovely place to relax.”
Another added: “Beautiful clear water and surrounding hills create a stunning backdrop.”
Meanwhile, a review of Derwentwater said: “Walking from Keswick for the first time and the views that opened up from the trees was one of the few times in my life that I was surprised.”
“It’s absolutely wonderfully beautiful.”
Visitors can walk around the lakes or experience them from the water on a Keswick lake cruise.
The boats cruise around Derwentwater, showcasing the surrounding countryside including Skiddaw, England’s fourth highest mountain Catbells and the Jaws of Borrowdale.
Back on land, there’s plenty to explore, including the market, which has already been named the best outdoor market in the country.
Every Thursday (February – December) and Saturday, more than 60 stalls are set up selling snacks, clothing and goods.
Phil Byers, manager of Keswick Market, said: “There is always a great atmosphere at our market, we have a great range of traders all offering something diverse and unique.”
For those who prefer a more luxurious dining experience, restaurants such as the Michelin-starred Cottage in the Wood offer contemporary menus in a tranquil woodland setting.
The restaurant’s website says: “At The Cottage in the Wood we pride ourselves on providing an ambience full of charm.”
“Guests are both cozy and breezy, enjoying views of the highest mountain forest in England, which is often home to red squirrels.
“As night falls, candles are lit and the starry sky of the Lake District appears over the forest. The magic of the night makes everything seem a little brighter.”
Meanwhile, pubs such as the Bank Tavern, the Wainwright and the Dog and Gun offer locals and visitors the opportunity to sample beers and ciders in a cozy, traditional pub atmosphere.
There’s plenty to do for families too: Puzzling Place, a “fun attraction with illusion exhibitions, a gallery of holograms and 3D images” in the city center.
The Derwent Pencil Museum is now proving surprisingly popular with visitors, with thousands of positive online reviews.
One person who gave the excursion a five-star review said: “Excellent experience. Ideal for a day trip with children. Information tour and numerous activities for the little ones.”
Another added: “An amazing place. The Pencil Museum sounds boring, right? Forget the thought! It was great.”
Visiting at certain times of the year can also be beneficial, as the Keswick Mountain Festival takes place every May.
The UK’s leading outdoor multi-sport festival offers outdoor activities including trail running, triathlon, swimming, cycling and hiking.
However, there is also live music, cinema, speakers and camping on site.
A night in Keswick can be found from around £59 for two people.
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