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WindermereUnited Kingdom

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.

Top hotels in Windermere

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Low Wood Bay
Low Wood Bay
4 out of 5
Low Wood Bay, Ambleside Road, Windermere, England
The price is £175 per night

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre and Lake Windermere. Ambleside Pier and Townend are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (258 reviews)

"Very nice hotel in beautiful surroundings staff nice and friendly was a bit surprised you had to pay to park your car per day"…"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2020

Low Wood Bay
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
23 Church Street, Windermere, England

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! (764 reviews)

"Excellent hotel in a great location and the staff were very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2020

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Cragwood Country House Hotel
Cragwood Country House Hotel
4 out of 5
Ambleside Road, Windermere, England
The price is £149 per night

Situated in Windermere, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre and Lake Windermere. Wray Castle and Townend ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (146 reviews)

"We had a wonderful stay at the Cragwood Country House Hotel - the rooms were lovely and very comfortable. The staff were simply amazing and super helpful...a big thank you to Helen, Tracy, Nick and Yannis for making our stay super-fantastic."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

Cragwood Country House Hotel

Popular places to visit in 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.

Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre
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Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre

4.5/5(61 reviews)

Traverse the largest lake in England and relish the relaxed atmosphere at this base equipped with rental equipment and activities for the family.

Windermere Golf Club
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Windermere Golf Club

Enjoy a round of golf in Windermere at Windermere Golf Club. Amble around this relaxing area's lakeside and enjoy its lively bars.

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
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Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

5/5(1 review)

You can spend an afternoon browsing the exhibits at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House during your trip to Windermere. Visit the spas and lively bars in this relaxing area.

Orrest Head
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Orrest Head

Find out about the history of Windermere when you spend time at Orrest Head. Wander the lakeside and picturesque gardens in the area.

Top things to do in Windermere

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
High Adventure from Oxenholme
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High Adventure from Oxenholme

£60
Per adult
Lake District Day Trip with Cream Tea & Windermere Cruise
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Lake District Day Trip with Cream Tea & Windermere Cruise

£229
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
2-Day Lake District Tour by Train
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2-Day Lake District Tour by Train

£339
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
4 hour Private Lake District tour (Tour B)
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4 hour Private Lake District tour (Tour B)

£213
Per adult

Reviews of Windermere

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 71.04795737122558%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 26.820603907637654%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 1.5985790408525755%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5328596802841918%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

Great location to base from to explore the Lakes

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Beautiful

4/5 - Good

Brandon

10 Feb 2020

Lovely place to visit i can imagine it would be alot better with nicer weather but it didnt spoil our trip just disappointed with the room considering the price we paid

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Feb 2020

Nice and quiet this time of year. Superb place for relaxing and walking the dogs.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Feb 2020

It’s a beautiful place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

Perfect for a weekend break

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