Kendal in Cumbria known as the southern gateway to the Lake District
, it is approximately 10 miles from Windermere. The Lake District with beautiful lakes and spectacular scenery is a very popular tourist destination for many people, if you also enjoy outdoor activities, this area should suit you. Before exploring further a field Kendal has lots to offer its visitors within the town and nearby.
On Station Road you will find the Kendal Museum, founded in 1796 it features a natural history collection plus displays that cater for children. There are personal effects of Alfred Wainwright and temporary exhibitions.
The Museum of Lakeland Life is an award winning museum housed in the former stable block of Abbot Hall. The museum displays take you back in time with reconstruction 17th 18th and 19th house interiors, there are exhibits of spinning, weaving and rural crafts.
Another museum which is housed in the main hall of Abbot Hall is the Art Gallery whose permanent collection includes works by George Romney. This is a superb setting for a collection of fine art and it includes some good examples of 18th century furniture. Behind the Georgian Abbot Hall and worth seeing is Kendal Parish Church whose central isle is 800 years old.
Kendal has a good variety of shops with well-known stores alongside many independent shops. There are two shopping centres to look around; the covered Westmorland Shopping Centre offers a variety of quality shopping opportunities. The Elephant Yard Centre has a mixed range of shops. As you stroll around the town you will find specialist shops, tea-rooms and galleries to interest you, there are historic yards, ginnels, and some interesting buildings. The main streets are Highgate and Stricklandgate, plenty to keep you occupied within the town area.
Around 3 miles south of Kendal is Sizergh Castle & Garden, the Strickland family have lived here for over 700 years. The oldest part of the house features a 14th century Pele Tower. There are fine collections of silver, china, oak furniture and portraits to admire. There is a wonderful garden to enjoy and you can take one of the walks around the estate.
A further 2 miles south of Sizergh will bring you to Levens Hall an Elizabethan Mansion, with period furniture, paintings by Rubens and some fine wood panelling among its attractions. See the world-famous topiary gardens designed by Monsieur Beaumont in 1694 and are virtually the same today.
There are many other interesting visitor attractions in Kendal and the surrounding areas, including, of course Windermere, where you can enjoy some water based activities enabling you to have a varied excellent holiday break.
There are hotels and guest houses in and around the town; the Tourist Information located in the Town Hall on Highgate will be able to help you with the latest information/ details on accommodation and any of the visitor attractions in the locality. There are plenty of Youth Hostel accommodations in or around the Kendal area the one in Kendal opens all year round for more details try firstname.lastname@example.org.