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Bowness-on-WindermereUnited Kingdom

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.

Top hotels in Bowness-on-Windermere

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
23 Church Street, Windermere, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £191 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

This family-friendly Windermere hotel is located on a lake, within a 5-minute walk of Bowness Pier, Lake Windermere and World of Beatrix Potter. Lyth Valley ...

4.2/5Very Good! (773 reviews)

"The hotel looked lovely and old from the outside, inside was quality, furniture, rooms , staff all perfect. The only downside was the cramped car park ( and the hotel was not at full capacity) and we had to pay £15 to be almost blocked in by a member of staff !"…"

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2020

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Laura Ashley - The Belsfield
Laura Ashley - The Belsfield
4 out of 5
Kendal Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, England
Free cancellation
The price is £162 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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! (692 reviews)

"We paid extra for the room we had , but it was worth it, great view of the lake , staff where very friendly and helpful, breakfast was a bit poor came out cold but they did reheated it, I would definitely stay here again great position for all the shops pubs and restaurants"…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2020

Laura Ashley - The Belsfield
The Burnside Hotel
The Burnside Hotel
4 out of 5
Kendal Road, Bowness, Windermere, England

Located in the heart of Windermere, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bowness Pier and World of Beatrix Potter. Lake Windermere is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) ...

4.1/5Very Good! (128 reviews)

"Excellent room, service, food and facilities, one minor negative £12/day parking fee"…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2020

The Burnside Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Bowness-on-Windermere

The Stables
The Stables
3.5 out of 5
Bank Road, Windermere, England

Situated in Windermere, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Laundry Theatre and World of Beatrix Potter. Lake Windermere is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) ...

The Stables
Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
4 out of 5
The Lodge, Kendal Road, Windermere, England

Situated on a lake, this spa aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of World of Beatrix Potter and Lake Windermere. Windermere Golf Club and Brockhole - the Lake ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (21 reviews)

"Very clean and well maintained property, beautifully maintained public areas, friendly and helpful reception staff. Its nicely located within walking distance to the shops, bars and restaurants. We had a great week staying here and wouldn't hesitate to book an apartment again."…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
Cherry Trees
Cherry Trees
3.5 out of 5
Windy Hall Road, Crook Road, Windermere, England

Situated in Windermere, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake District National Park.

Cherry Trees
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Bowness-on-Windermere

World of Beatrix Potter
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World of Beatrix Potter

4.5/5(147 reviews)

Bring your childhood dreams to life at the complex devoted to the children’s books and other works at this local wonderland.

Bowness Pier
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Bowness Pier

4.5/5(158 reviews)

Find out about the history of Bowness-on-Windermere when you spend time at Bowness Pier. Visit the area's spas or amble around its lakeside.

Ullswater
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Ullswater

4.5/5(293 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Ullswater, a popular spot to commune with nature in Penrith. Stroll along the area's lakeside or simply savour its lively bars.

Top things to do in Bowness-on-Windermere

Wordsworth Afternoon Half Day Tour including Dove Cottage
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Wordsworth Afternoon Half Day Tour including Dove Cottage

£69
Per adult
Lake District: Half-Day 8 Lakes Afternoon Tour
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Lake District: Half-Day 8 Lakes Afternoon Tour

£52
Per adult
Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour
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Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour

£50
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Western Lake District Tour with Heritage Railway Ride from Windermere
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Full-Day Western Lake District Tour with Heritage Railway Ride from Windermere

£50
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
MANCHESTER: Lake District Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip
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MANCHESTER: Lake District Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip

£47
Per adult
Beatrix Potter Private 5 hour tour
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Beatrix Potter Private 5 hour tour

£265
Per adult

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