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The pretty cobbled main street is lined with a mixture of independent and high street shops selling all manner of high quality goods. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs catering for all tastes and budgets, although be warned, as prices here are much heftier than in some of the coastal towns, out west.

There are a couple of supermarkets to choose from and plenty of small businesses selling local produce. Options for regular day-to-day clothing for adults and children are limited but there’s an abundance of outdoor clothing shops.

There are several hotels in the centre of town and the streets are packed with B&Bs of varying standards. There is hostel accommodation down by the river and several campsites in the area. Employment in the service industry is high and there are many seasonal jobs. Many students return home to work in bars and cafes during the holiday period.

Caring for your family

Keswick, and surrounding villages, are served well by high performing primary schools, many offering great nursery provision too. Keswick School, the town’s secondary, has been rated Outstanding by OFSTED in all categories. The school has its own drama studio and has a wide range of sporting and extra curricula opportunities.

The Keswick Community Hospital is a 12 bed GP and nurse led unit which provides patient centred medical, nursing, rehabilitation and end of life care. It also has a Minor Injuries Unit. Several of the businesses and organisations in the town are working together to make Keswick a dementia friendly town by offering dementia friendly provision and services.

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