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What to do in Kendal

About Kendal

Famed for its delicious mint cake, Kendal is a historic market town that’s still bustling. Book your Kendal hotel in the centre of town to enjoy an array of pavement cafes, cosy eateries, and traditional pubs and restaurants. There’s a 13th century castle, a host of galleries and museums, and a number of architecturally important buildings, including the 14th century Castle Dairy, which is Kendal’s oldest inhabited building. Kendal is also a gateway to the southern Lake District, and there are plenty of hiking, cycling, and wild swimming opportunities nearby.

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What to see in Kendal

Kendal itself is a charming town whose cobbled lanes are lined with quaint tearooms, speciality shops, and rows of cottages dating back to the 1600s. For the best comedy, live music, and entertainment from around the country, head for a night out at the Brewery Arts Centre, or visit Hawkshead Brewery for a beer tour and tasting session. If you’re a thrill-seeker, enjoy a day at Kendal’s indoor climbing wall, or take to the slopes at the town’s snow sports club. The Parish Church is a Grade I-listed building dating back to the 1200s. Kendal even boasts its own tapestry: the Quaker Tapestry was made between 1981 and 1996, with over 4000 people contributing to it.

The Kendal Museum displays a host of objects celebrating nature around the world, while the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry tells the local story. Kendal is the perfect place from which to explore the surrounding countryside. Hike the woodland trail between the castle and Scout Scar for sweeping views of the fells and Morecambe Bay below, or enjoy the beauty of the Howgills, a clutch of hills boasting waterfalls and more breath-taking views. Wild swimmers will love a dip in Windermere’s Fell Foot, and keen cyclists can reach Windermere or Grange-over-Sands in a matter of minutes.

Where to stay in Kendal

Stay in the town centre to enjoy museums, galleries and other attractions. Here you can easily walk between the town’s main sites, and you’ll still have easy access to plenty of nature-based activities. The Lake District National Park, which starts on the outskirts of Kendal, makes for the perfect outdoor holiday. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers enough outdoor pursuits to keep the most avid outdoors fan occupied. To the north of Kendal, the village of Staveley lies in the Kentmere Valley, flanked by rolling hills that are a haven for walkers.

Book your hotel to the south of Kendal for easy access to Levens Hall, home to the world’s oldest topiary, and the medieval Sizergh Castle. Less than 9 miles out of Kendal lies Windermere, with its picturesque natural lake. Stay here to enjoy a host of water sports as well as being able to visit the pretty villages of Bowness-on-Windemere, Lakeside and Waterhead.

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