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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.

Get in[edit]

Kendal roofscape.jpg

By bus[edit]

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

By train[edit]

1 Kendal station is one stop (3 km) beyond Oxenholme on the branch line to Windermere. Trains run hourly until 9:45PM weekdays, 8:45PM 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]

Map of Kendal (England)

Kendal is smallish and interesting enough to be a pleasure to stroll through.


River Kent


Kendal has a number of museums, the most notable of which are Abbot Hall Art Museum and the Quaker Tapestry Museum


  • 1 The Brewery Arts Centre, 122A Highgate, LA9 4HE, +44 1539 722833. 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, +44 1539 721766.
  • Westmoreland County Show is held in early September at Crooklands 7 miles south of Kendal. Follow the show website directions not Satnav: there's no direct access from A590 or M6. The next show is 7-8 Sept 2022.


  • 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, +44 1539 560426. 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, +44 1539 729743. A café on the River Kent that specialises in vegan/vegetarian cuisine.
  • 2 The Moon, 129 Highgate, LA9 4EN, +44 1539 729254.
  • 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, +44 1539 722332, . 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.



Kendal and its approach roads have 4G from all UK carriers. As of May 2022, 5G has not reached this area.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Kendal
GlasgowPenrith  N UK-Motorway-M6.svg S  CarnforthManchester
Penrith  N UK road A6.svg S  Carnforth
END  NW UK road A65.svg SE  Kirkby LonsdaleSkipton

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