Windermere

Travel Guide
Windermere showing café scenes, heritage architecture and street scenes
Windermere is the perfect lakeside destination all year round.

With the water’s shores so close, the scenery is always fantastic and the leisure activities plentiful. The village of Windermere itself has plenty of shops and nice restaurants to enjoy where you can eat outside and enjoy the fantastic scenery. Several local viewpoints offer visitors panoramic views of both the lake and the more distant Pennines.

Windermere and wider Cumbria have a wide selection of accommodation types to choose from, including some local hotels and bed & breakfasts. Why not spoil yourself and stay in a luxurious spa, perfect to relax in and receive some pampering.

Windermere, originally a small hamlet called Birthwaite, came to prominence with the completion of the railway link from Kendal. The railway terminated at Windermere to avoid the steep descent into the lakeside at Bowness.

Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the most popular holiday locations in the Lake District. With immediate access to the waters of Windermere, it is an excellent location for water activities, such as boating.

Bring the family to Grizedale Forest, which offers tree top adventure activities and much more for the whole family to enjoy. It makes for a perfect location for a great day out. There are different levels of park walking trails to suit all needs. Take a picnic and make a day of it.

While staying in Windermere take the opportunity to explore the rest of Cumbria. The North Pennines, Eden Valley and a section of the Yorkshire Dales are all located within Cumbria.

Cumbria itself is a real treasure trove of historic sites including some of the earliest stone circles in the UK. Hadrian’s Wall runs along its border making for a real interesting place to delve further into Britain’s historic and famous past.

Explore Cartmel Priory a simple beautiful priory with some great examples of Norman architecture. This large Priory in the small village of Cartmel does not disappoint in terms of structure with beautiful carved effigy of a knight and his lady, coupled with interesting wall plaques and floor tomb stones.

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the North Pennines is one of England’s most picturesque places. Made up of expansive countryside of heather moors and peatlands, with lush green dales as far as the eye can see, along with its welcoming communities and intriguing remains of a mining and industrial past, make it a top place to visit when in Cumbria.

The Windermere Hotel
The Windermere Hotel
3.5 out of 5
LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK, KENDAL RD,, Windermere, England, LA23 1AL
The price is £68 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Windermere. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the bar and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
3.4/5 (219 reviews)
"It was good for the amount we paid but it was a bit disappointing that we had to pay for parking in their own car park."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

The Windermere Hotel
Lakes Hotel and Spa
Lakes Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
Kendal Road, Bowness, Windermere, England, LA23 3EP
The price is £176 per night from 31 Aug to 1 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Windermere. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (368 reviews)
Nice spa
"Nice hotel, friendly staff, lovely getaway"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2022

Lakes Hotel and Spa
Windermere Manor Hotel
Windermere Manor Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rayrigg Road, Windermere, England, LA23 1EX
The price is £148 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Windermere. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Good! (358 reviews)
Lovely stay, good location.
"Beautiful hotel tucked away from the main road going towards Bowness-on-Windermere. Approx 20 minute walk. Lovely staff but evidently understaffed as managing different roles e.g. reception, barman and waitress all in one. Food was lovely and reasonably priced. Buffet breakfast also great. Spacious ..."

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2022

Windermere Manor Hotel
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Kotel Windermere
Kotel Windermere
4.5 out of 5
Lake road, Windermere, England, LA23 2BY
The price is £121 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Windermere. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (81 reviews)
"Absolutely stunning and chic place to stay. If you want to really give yourself a treat, this is the place to be."

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2022

Kotel Windermere
The Mews Boutique Apartments
The Mews Boutique Apartments
4 out of 5
North Terrace, Windermere, England, LA23 3AU
The price is £175 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Windermere. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and Netflix. Popular attractions Lake Windermere and World of Beatrix Potter are located ...
The Mews Boutique Apartments
The Rockefeller Apartments
The Rockefeller Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Lake Rd, The Rockefeller, Windermere, England, LA23 3BJ
The price is £226 per night from 29 Aug to 30 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Windermere. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Lake Windermere and World of Beatrix ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Funky cool central apartments
"What a funky cool place to stay. Very central. Lovely property with many interesting features. I would highly recommend and will stay there again."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2022

The Rockefeller Apartments
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.

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