Kendal Tourist Information

Kendal in Cumbria is the largest settlement in the former county of Westmorland, an important town in a largely rural area. There is a tourist information centre here.

Historically Kendal was a stronghold against the Celts and there are several ruined castles in the area, the most recent dating from the 12th century. Henry VIII's sixth wife Katherine Parr is said to have been born at Kendal Castle. From the ruined castle there are wonderful views over the town and the surrounding area.

The town centre is characterised by many narrow yards and lanes branching off the main street. This layout evolved to allow the local population to take shelter during Celtic raids.

Standing on the River Kent, the town became an important manufacturer of woollen cloth, with many mills sited along the river. Kendal later became known for the manufacture of shoes, notably Kays Shoes. Most of the this production is now done elsewhere and the Kays Shoes site houses the 'K Village', a outlet shopping centre offering famous brands at discount prices.

The Heritage Centre at K Village also gives visitors the chance to discover the history of shoe-making in Kendal.

One of the visitor attractions in the town is the award-winning Kendal Museum, one of the oldest in the country.

Other attractions here include the excellent Abbot Hall Art Gallery, set in a Georgian house beside the River Kent, which houses works by Turner and Ruskin. Nearby is the facinating Lakeland Museum of Rural Life.

Just outside the town stands the Elizabethan mansion Levens Hall.

Kendal's most famous product is Kendal Mint Cake. This glucose-based energy food supplied Ernest Shackleton's Transarctic Expedition (1914-17) and has been taken on numerous mountaineering expeditions, including to the summits of Everest and K2.

With the decline its old industries, Kendal's economy is now based on tourism and the town has become the gateway to the Lake District.

Towns Near Kendal To Visit - straight line distance:

Bowness-on-Windermere (7.41 miles) Windermere (7.42 miles) Ambleside (11.32 miles) Coniston (13.53 miles)
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Stonecross Manor Hotel
Milnthorpe Road Kendal LA9 5HP
Stonecross Manor Hotel is situated on the edge of Kendal, one of the Lake District's most important market towns. it has free parking and easy access from the M6 and A591. The hotel has an indoor pool and a good restaurant serving local produce.
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The Riverside
Stramongate Bridge Kendal LA9 6EL
In Kendal town centre, the Riverside Hotel is a 17th-century building with a state-of-the-art leisure club. Rooms have river views, and Windermere and the Yorkshire Dales are 15 minutes' drive away. All of the rooms have views of the River Kent.
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Days Inn Kendal (Killington Lake)
Killington Lake Motorway Service Area, M6 Southbound Kendal LA8 0NW
Days Inn Kendal is located just off the M6, attractively located beside Killington Lake. The hotel offers scenic Lakeland views with free Wi-Fi and free parking.
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County Hotel
Station Rd Kendal LA9 6BT
Set in a former coaching inn, the County Hotel is in the centre of Kendal, just 100 metres from Kendal Railway Station. The hotel offers traditional meals and cooked breakfasts.
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Station Inn
Oxenholme Kendal LA9 7RF
On the edge of The Lake District, this country inn offers rooms with private bathrooms, a children’s play area, and resident alpacas. Guests can enjoy locally sourced full English breakfasts.
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Travelodge Kendal
A591 Prizet Kendal LA8 8AA

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Garnett Bridge near Kendal LA8 9AZ
Water's Edge is a one of a group of four in an old mill in the small Lake District village of Garnett Bridge near to Kendal. It sleeps two people in one double bedroom plus a family shower room. Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets allowed. Price Guide: £256 - £467 a week.
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Staveley near Kendal LA8 9QX
Situated in a magnificent hillside position in the beautiful Kentmere Valley is this 17th Century Lakeland hill farm - located half way between the county town of Kendal and Lake Windermere. Sleeps up to 2 in 1 bedrooms. Pets allowed. Price Guide: 275.00-410.
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The Hayloft
Staveley near Kendal LA8 9QX
This 17th Century Lakeland hill farm has been lovingly converted to offer first-class holiday accommodation. Sleeps up to 2 in 1 bedrooms. Pets allowed. Price Guide: 280.00-440.
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Hide Map How to get to Kendal
Kendal, M6 Junction 37 then the A684 west, or the A591 east from Windermere.

Hide AttractionsTourist Attractions in Kendal to Visit

Art GalleriesArt Galleries

Abbot Hall Art Gallery The Gallery in the Hall is in a pleasant setting near the river.

Historic HousesHistoric Houses

Levens Hall A fine Elizabethan mansion with fantastic topiary.

Sizergh Castle A rather impressive castle to visit.


Kendal Museum Local exhibits and natural history.

Museum of Lakeland Life Life in the Lake District.

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