Kendal, in Cumbria, is a market town of 29,000 inhabitants (2012). It describes itself as "The Gateway to the Lakes". Kendal is a picturesque, moderate sized town with plenty of shopping and surprisingly little tourist activity.
Kendal is easily accessible via the M6 motorway (Junction 36 from the south or 37 from the north)
Kendal is smallish and interesting enough to be a pleasure to stroll through.
- The River Kent flows through Kendal.
- 1 The Kendal Parish Church. Is an interesting building to wander through.
- 2 Levens Hall.
- 3 Kendal Castle.
- 4 Sizergh Castle, Sizergh, LA8 8AE, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kendal has a number of museums, the most notable of which are Abbot Hall Art Museum and the Quaker Tapestry Museum
- 5 Kendal Museum, Station Rd, LA9 6BT, ☏ .
- 6 Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry.
- 7 Abbott Hall Art Gallery.
- 8 Quaker Tapestry, Friends Meeting House, Stramongate, LA9 4BH, ☏ .
- 1 The Brewery Arts Centre, 122A Highgate, LA9 4HE, ☏ . A notable place to visit. There are 3 cinema screens, music concerts, comedy acts, theatre and during the Kendal mountain festival there are numerous lectures and movies focused on adventure and mountaineering. Also a great bar and restaurant.
- The Scout Scar. A hike in the hills to the east of Kendal. Information available from the tourist information shop. Map and guide 45p.
- 2 Lakeland Climbing Centre (Kendal Wall), Lake District Business Park, Mint Bridge Rd, LA9 6NH, ☏ .
- Kendal has a multitude of small boutiques and shops that could probably take up at least half a day of browsing.
- 1 Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop & Tea Room, Low Sizergh Farm, Sizergh, LA8 8AE, ☏ . 9AM-5:30PM.
- 2 The Factory (Artist's Studios), Aynam Road. Artists' workshops round the factory yard. Opening hours for each business vary.
Kendal has produced a local delicacy called the Kendal Mint Cake. It was created in 1936 and was used as an energy bar on the 1953 expedition that climbed Everest for the first time.
- 1 [formerly dead link] Waterside Cafe, Kent View, LA9 4DZ, ☏ . A café on the River Kent that specialises in vegan/vegetarian cuisine.
- 2 The Moon, 129 Highgate, LA9 4EN, ☏ .
- 3 The Joshua Tree, Yard 11, Stramongate.
- 4 Mumbai. Indian, Pakistani & Bangladeshi restaurant and takeaway.
- 5 Union Jack, 15 Kirkland, LA9 5 AF. Proper British grub. Full English Breakfast.
- 6 Neko Sushi, 37 Strammongate. Noon-2PM and 5:30-7:30PM. A Japanese take-away with some space to eat in, specialising in nigiri and maki rolls.
- 7 Deja Vu, 124 Stricklandgate. French - British bistro.
- 8 Jintana Thai Restaurant, 101 Highgate, LA9 4EN.
- 9 Romneys, 72 Milnthorpe Road, LA9 5HG. Family friendly pub, with accommodation.
- Pedro's Casa, 128 Stricklandgate, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M-Sa noon-2:30PM, and daily 5-10PM. Tapas Style restaurant offering mainly Spanish & Mexican Cuisine. Vast menu and can cater for all dietary requirements.
- 1 The Wine Bar, 19 Lowther Street. Noon-midnight. A great choice of wine, beer , and day time food service.
- 2 Ring o'Bells, 39 Kirkland. The only pub built on consecrated ground in England, they serve a good selection of real ales in this small and quirky pub.
- 3 The Factory Tap, 5 Aynam Road. 4-9PM. Great selection of beers . Good beer garden for the summer. Open to 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
- 1 [dead link] Kendal Hostel, 118-120 Highgate, LA9 4HE, ☏ . £20.
- Low Greenside Farm Campsite.
- Stonecross Manor Hotel.
- 2 Riverside Hotel, Stramongate Bridge, Beezon Road. £69.
- 3 Premier Inn, Maud Street. £45.50.
- 4 Castle Green Hotel (Best Western Hotel), Castle Green Lane. £79.50.
- 5 The Station Inn, Oxenholme LA9 7RF (Up the hill from Oxenholme Railway Station).
- 6 Punch Bowl Inn, Totter Bank, Crosthwaite LA8 8HR, ☏ . Stylish small hotel in 18th-century coaching inn, great dining. No dogs in rooms. B&B double £110.
|Routes through Kendal|
|Glasgow ← Penrith ←||N S||→ Carnforth → Manchester|
|Penrith ←||N S||→ Carnforth|