Bowness-on-Windermere

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Let nostalgia take hold in a museum of children’s tales and learn about the history of boats in this pleasant lakeside commune.

Bowness-on-Windermere is a pleasant village on the eastern shore of England’s largest lake. Rent a boat to travel around the 18 islands on the water. Enjoy a picnic with a bottle of wine on a lake cruise.

Nearby is the family setting of the The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction, a delight for kids. The rooms and the garden depict memorable scenes from the writer’s tales. Watch a short film about how the children’s author spent time in this region and was influenced by its wildlife and vegetation. Embark on the Virtual Walk, which zooms in on the most scenic parts of the park.

Look around the 15th-century St. Martin’s Church in the heart of the village. Admire the lead-roofed building. Step inside to see murals and 16th-century instructive sayings.

Walk along the pier that enters the water from the main lakeside promenade. It has a boat station as well as bus stops along the road. To the south of the village is Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House. Marvel at the fascinating architecture, furnishings and landscape gardens.

Among the village highlights is the Windermere Jetty, telling the story of steamboats on the lake. Learn about the village’s collection of boats, including how they were made and the traditions they follow. Vessels date from the 13th century until the late 1900s. See how the boats have changed over the centuries and admire the speedboats used in attempts to set world records. Note that this attraction is closed until 2017.

The village is on the eastern side of its namesake lake in the southeastern region of the Lake District National Park. Drive northwest for 5 or 6 hours to reach the area from London. The country town of Carlisle lies 1 hour by car or train to the north.

Arrive in August for the warmest weather and April for the driest. It is otherwise quite wet and mild, with snow flurries in winter. Bowness-on-Windermere is a serene commune with winding streets and enchanting Tudor-style buildings.

Laura Ashley - The Belsfield
Laura Ashley - The Belsfield
4 out of 5
Kendal Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, England
The price is £192 per night from 12 Oct to 12 Oct
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of World of Beatrix Potter and Lake Windermere. Hill Top and Lakeland Motor Museum are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (789 reviews)
"Great location and view room"

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2021

Laura Ashley - The Belsfield
The Ro Hotel
The Ro Hotel
4 out of 5
Helm Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, England
The price is £198 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of World of Beatrix Potter and Lake Windermere. Old Laundry Theatre and Bowness Pier are also ...
3.4/5 (421 reviews)
"It was a lovely building some of it old with character but yet it was clean and served it’s porpoise well"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2021

The Ro Hotel
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
23 Church Street, Windermere, England
The price is £241 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
This family-friendly Windermere hotel is located on a lake, just steps away from Bowness Pier and Lake Windermere. World of Beatrix Potter is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) ...
4.2/5Very Good! (825 reviews)
"Stunning location. Hotel decor a little dated"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2021

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
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Comfortable 3 Bedroom Apartment in the Heart of Bowness With View on the Lake
Comfortable 3 Bedroom Apartment in the Heart of Bowness With View on the Lake
Quarry Rigg, Windermere, ENG
Situated on a lake, this apartment building is steps away from Old Laundry Theatre and World of Beatrix Potter. Lake Windermere is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away. Windermere ...
4.1/5Very Good! (11 reviews)
Excellent Location
"Plentiful supply of hot water, clean, lots of storage and great WiFi. New shower curtain put in. Well stocked kitchen. It’s a good base to go exploring. Good communication with the owners."

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2021

Comfortable 3 Bedroom Apartment in the Heart of Bowness With View on the Lake
Post Knott Lodge
Post Knott Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Post Knott Lodge Brantfell Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, England
Situated in Windermere, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of World of Beatrix Potter and Lake Windermere. Old Laundry Theatre and Bowness Pier are also ...
Post Knott Lodge
Scafell
Scafell
3.5 out of 5
Langdale View Holiday Apartments 112, Craig Walk Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, England
Situated in Windermere, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of World of Beatrix Potter and Lake Windermere. Old Laundry Theatre and Bowness Pier are also ...
Scafell
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