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Kendal, located in Cumbria, is a market town of some 30,000 inhabitants. It describes itself as "The Gateway to the Lakes". Kendal is a picturesque, moderate sized town with plenty of shopping and a surprisingly low level of tourist activity.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

National Express runs buses to Kendal; Stagecoach's 555 (or X55) service links Lancaster and Kendal with Keswick.

By train[edit]

Kendal has its own train station, one stop (3 km) beyond Oxenholme on the branch line to Windermere. Trains run hourly until 2145 weekdays, 2045 weekends.

By car[edit]

Kendal is easily accessible via the M6 motorway (Junction 36 from the south or 37 from the north)

Get around[edit]

  • On Foot - Kendal is smallish and interesting enough to be a pleasure to stroll through.


  • The Brewery Arts Centre. Is 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 River Kent flows through Kendal.
  • 1 The Kendal Parish Church. Is an interesting building to wander through. Kendal Parish Church on Wikipedia Kendal Parish Church (Q6388859) on Wikidata
  • Levens Hall.
  • Castle Ruins.
  • Quaker Tapestry.
  • 2 Sizergh Castle, Sizergh, LA8 8AE, +44 15395 60951, e-mail: . Sizergh Castle and Garden on Wikipedia
  • Abbott Hall Art Gallery.


  • The Scout Scar - a hike in the hills to the east of Kendal. Information available from the tourist information shop. Map and guide 45p.
  • Museums - Kendal has a number of museums, the most notable of which are Abbot Hall Art Museum and the Quaker Tapestry Museum
  • Lakeland Climbing Centre.
  • Kendal Museum.
  • Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry.


  • Kendal has a multitude of small boutiques and shops that could probably take up at least half a day of browsing.
  • Low Sizergh Barn.


  • 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. Romney's Homepage
  • Waterside Cafe. A café on the River Kent that specializes in vegan/vegetarian cuisine.


Chang Thai Restaurant, Stramongate. Excellent and inexpensive Thai restaurant. A favourite with locals. They also operate a Thai takeaway in Kirkland close to the Abbott Hall



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