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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.

Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Newby Bridge Road, Windermere, England
The price is £178 per night from 23 Aug to 23 Aug
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Lake Windermere, Winster Valley and Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House. World of Beatrix Potter ...
4/5Very Good! (470 reviews)
"Perfect location and excellent SPA facility. The rooms need some attention."

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2021

Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
The Ro Hotel
The Ro Hotel
4 out of 5
Helm Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, England
The price is £301 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
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 (412 reviews)
"Very good location for Bowness & Windermere"

Reviewed on 8 Jul 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 £338 per night from 9 Aug to 9 Aug
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! (819 reviews)
"It’s a lovely hotel, we stayed 3 nights, our room was spotless we had an amazing view of the lake and gardens, we used the swimming pool daily with no restrictions and it was never over busy, the breakfast was very good plenty of choices, dinner menu was a bit limited for us it was the same each ..."

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2021

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
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.
Kotel Windermere
Kotel Windermere
4.5 out of 5
Lake road, Windermere, England
The price is £216 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in the historical district, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Old Laundry Theatre, Lake Windermere and World of Beatrix Potter. Lyth ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (48 reviews)
"The property was lovely and clean. Was really quiet, felt like we were the only ones in the building. The fan in room was a really good idea as it was so hot while we were there. Room 11 bathroom door a bit squeaky, not a problem during the day but if you needed to go to bathroom through the night ..."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

Kotel Windermere
Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
4 out of 5
The Lodge, Kendal Road, Windermere, England
Situated on a lake, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Windermere and World of Beatrix Potter. Windermere Golf Club and Brockhole - the Lake ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (30 reviews)
Amazing place to stay
"The accommodation is well located, very close to the lake, with marina, shops, restaurants, pups, and little supermarkets around. The apartment got everything we needed, very clean, and very modern too, with parking in front of your accommodation. Dogs are allowed with a small fee for the stay. We ..."

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2021

Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
Priory Ghyll
Priory Ghyll
3.5 out of 5
6 Priory Cottages Rayrigg Road, Windermere, England
Situated in Windermere, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Orrest Head and Lake Windermere. World of Beatrix Potter is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Windermere Station ...
Priory Ghyll
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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