If you are planning to explore the Lake District this spring, choose from a wide range of attractions and stunning places to visit near Windermere in this popular National Park.
Why not combine your stay with a few nights in a Windermere spa hotel?
There is so much to see and do in Windermere, that you may find yourself deciding which attractions are top of your list, and work your way through them. Public transport links to and from Windermere are excellent, and the Mountain Goat Bus Service is worthy of note as it provides frequent transport, along with the ferry services to and from Bowness and Ambleside.
Ambleside, just 4 miles north of Windermere, is undoubtedly one of the prettiest villages in the Lakes, with its cobbled, steep streets, quaint pavement cafés and old world charm.
Some of the most popular Ambleside attractions include: Mountain Journeys, offering guided mountain activities, Windermere Lake Cruises and boat hire, Zefferelli´s Cinema and Restaurant, Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, Hawkshead Trout Farm, Hill Top House, where Beatrix Potter lived and worked, and The Homes of Football, featuring the photographic art of Stuart Clark.
Grasmere, just 8 miles north of Windermere was described by William Wordsworth as: “The loveliest spot that man hath ever found.” Wordsworth fans can take a trip to Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Ambleside, and also tour Rydal Mount and Gardens, where the famous poet spent much of his working life, plus see Hawkshead Grammar School and rooms, where he first studied.
Founded in 1891, The Wordsworth Trust secured Dove Cottage ´for eternal possessions of all those who loved English poetry, all over the world.” Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District, The Wordsworth Museum tells the fascinating story of one of England´s finest poets, and his love of the Lake District.
Rydal Mount nestles between Lake Windermere, the Lake District fells and Rydal Water, and was Wordsworth´s favourite home between 1813 and 1850. Visitors can wander through the house, which is still owned by the descendants of the famous poet.
Kendal, which lies 7 miles to the east of Windermere, boasts plenty of great attractions to suit all tastes and budgets, including:
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, where visitors can enjoy works of art in this beautiful Georgian villa on the edge of the Lake District. The gallery also offers a range of educational activities, lectures and events, to keep the whole family entertained.
The Old Brewery Arts Centre is well worth a visit. The town´s first brewery was licensed in 1758, and its first owner was John Whitwell, whose family lived at 122, Highgate, Kendal. The brewery was taken over by Vaux Breweries of Sunderland in the late 1940´s, and produced the famous ´Auld Kendal´ beer. The last brew was produced between 13th and 16th September, 1968, and the Old Brewery Arts centre tells the story of beer making in this old Lake District town market town.
The Quaker Tapestry Exhibition and Tea Rooms is situated at the Friends Meeting House in Stramongate, Kendal, and attracts hundreds of visitors every month. The Quaker Tapestry consists of 77 panels of embroidery, and celebrates the ideas and experiences of the Quakers since this unique religious society began in 1652 in Swarthmoor Hall near Kendal.
If you are planning to stay in a Windermere spa hotel, book a hot tub room.