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The Puzzling Place (Keswick)
Member Name: lyndsey1989
The Puzzling Place (Keswick)
Advantages: Lots to see and do, all weather attraction
Disadvantages: None really
We were holidaying in the Lake District last week and when browsing what there was to do in the local area I discovered The Puzzling Place. I knew immediately that it would be exactly the kind of thing that my partner would be interested in so we decided to take a trip there one afternoon.
==Where is it?==
The Puzzling Place is in the town centre of Keswick. There is no specified car park for it so you will need to park in pay and display nearby.
==Arriving at The Puzzling Place==
The Puzzling Place is easy to find as there is a large sign pointing to it which is easily seen from the main road running through Keswick. The Puzzling Place is actually located upstairs and there is no lift so those who are disabled would probably not be able to visit. Entry to the shop is free which has a number of things in such as puzzles and toys but we wanted to go into the exhibit so we paid our entrance fee and went in.
This is the first part of The Puzzling Place that you will visit. There is a great deal in here for you to see and lots of puzzles for you to work out. Each part has a poster telling you what to do, what should happen and then explains why. These were lots of fun and we all had a great time in here trying to work things out. There is plenty in here and is the main part of the exhibit with it running through the middle of other attractions. We spent about half an hour in here in total trying to work out particular puzzles. One of our favourites was a chair that made those stood on it look tiny and those stood next to it look huge.
My favourite part of The Puzzling Place. This is the only room like this in the country and is designed to make you feel disorientated. You enter the room going up a slope and then inside there are numerous things to defy gravity, such as a chair which goes up in the air, a ladder where those on it look as though they are leaning to one side and a mini snooker table where the ball rolls up it. We had great fun in this room and we were all really impressed with it.
There is an impressive collection of hollograms (over 60) for you to look at. These were all very good and we enjoyed looking at these though our time in this room was spoiled slightly by a school trip arriving and the teachers letting them run havoc throughout the entire place!
==Ames Foced Perpective Room==
Another illusion room where one end the people look tiny and the other end people look huge. We really enjoyed this part of the exhibit and thought it was great fun.
==Shop and Puzzle Room==
This is outside of the exhibit and entry is free. The shop stocks a great deal of toys, games and puzzles and the puzzle room has a number of puzzles to keep you occupied (not that we managed to get any done)!
There is no cafe and no toilets, though there are toilets two minutes down the road.
Family (2+2) £11.75
Under 5's Free
These vary throughout the year but currently the exhibit opens at 11am and closes at 5:30pm.
==Would we recommend?==
Yes, absolutely. The four of us that visited were all adults but we really enjoyed ourselves and were amazed by some things. I imagine children would also enjoy it. I thought the admission price was extremely reasonable, we spent about an hour in here though we would have certainly spent longer if our peace wasn't shattered by the school trip. It is worth noting there was also a dog in there with some other visitors so I imagine well behaved dogs are allowed though I doubt they will like the anti-gravity room!
Summary: Great place to spend an hour
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