Kendal is rightfully known as the gateway to the Lakes and a market town steeped in history. It’s therefore the perfect place to start your next (or first) Cumbrian adventure.
There are many reasons why you should make Kendal your next port of call, but here are six of our favourites:
Visitors to the Kendal Museum can see original Roman artefacts from the Galava Fort, or spend time in the Natural History Gallery and the World Wildlife Gallery that houses a unique selection of rare and extinct animals from all around the world.
The Wainwright Gallery charts the development of the Cumbrian man and has a large selection of Greek and Egyptian relics, as well as an ongoing display telling the story of Kendal Castle.
Get creative with kids activity packs and fossil rubbing for younger visitors, or museum themed trails for older children.
Situated just three-and-a-half miles south of Kendal, Sizergh Castle is a beautiful example of a British Tudor castle.
Visitors can explore the Pele tower, the lavish wood paneling on display in the Inlaid Chamber as well as a huge 650 hectare estate.
Younger visitors will love the Wild Play Trail giving them an excuse to explore and play in the woods while testing their balance, stamina, resolve and brainpower.
Levens Hall is another stunning stately home that is full of whimsy, with its 13th century fortified Pele tower, traditional Jacobean interiors, and the kids will adore the 27th century topiary garden full of pyramids, pompoms and peacocks.
For culture lovers and families alike, the Brewery Arts Centre offers 2 cinemas, a drama studio, galleries, a theatre and a restaurant and bar as well as a full program of events including music festivals, comedy nights, dance, drama and literary events.
The centre also hosts five major festivals every year, including the internationally renowned Kendal Mountain Festival, which was the proud recipient of the Cumbria Life Culture Awards ‘Venue of the Year’ award in 2017.
Family visitors can book all manner of child friendly shows, classes and events all year round.
Lakeland Maze Farm Park is located just outside the town and is one of the top attractions in the Lake District.
The Maize Maze is grown anew every year and is a huge draw for visitors to the area. This family friendly destination also offers tractor rides around the farm and a chance to meet and feed the animals in the pet barn and out on the farm.
There are also several country parks dotted throughout the region that give access to the stunning Cumbrian countryside and act as a gateway to the incredible Lake District National Park itself.
There are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy in Kendal.
The Lakeland Climbing Centre offers a superb range of wall climbing experiences for visitors of all ages, and younger visitors will love The Fun Factory in nearby Bowness that offers exciting soft-play activities in safe and comfortable surroundings.
For those looking for a unique, all-weather adventure, check out Treetop Nets, a tree climbing activity centre with stunning views across Lake Windermere.
The good folk of Kendal are proud of their town and its rich Cumbrian heritage. With plenty of thriving independent shops and businesses, great food and good company to be found throughout the town, there’s really no reason not to visit this wonderful part of the UK!
Days Inn Kendal is conveniently located on the M6, making our hotel the perfect base for exploring Kendal, the Lake District and The Yorkshire Dales. A very warm welcome awaits you!