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Windermere is a town of 4,800 people (2021) in Cumbria. Tourism is popular in the town, owing to its proximity to the lake and local scenery. Boats from the piers in Bowness sail around the lake, many calling at Ambleside or at Lakeside where there is a restored railway.


Unless you are local, the town is often confused with the lake, with which it shares the name.

Get in[edit]


A591 leads from the main M6 north-south motorway.


Windermere is at the end of a branch line from Oxenholme on the main West Coast route from London to Scotland. Trains run every hour or so.

The 1 Windermere train station is above the town, a few minutes walk from the centre. The station forecourt has bus stops with frequent service into the town and to Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, and a taxi rank.


There is one coach per day to and from London. Local bus services run to and from Kendal, Lancaster and Keswick as well as to destinations throughout the Lake District.

Get around[edit]

The town is small enough to walk around easily. Buses run to the adjoining town, Bowness-on-Windermere, on the Windermere lake front (or you can walk there in around 20 minutes).


Windermere has the largest lake in England.


  • 1 Treetop Trek, Brockhole, Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere LA23 1LJ (Off the A591).
  • 2 Windermere Steamboat Museum, Rayrigg Road, Windermere LA23 1BN. Daily: Mar-Oct 10AM-5PM; Nov-Feb 10:30AM-4PM; closed 25 and 26 December; last admission to the museum is one hour before closing. A collection of boats comprising two dugout boats dating from between 1200 and 1320; five yachts charting sailing on the lake from the 18th century to late 20th century; an 1870 Windermere ferry boat and copper ore barge; ten steamboats ranging in age from 1850 to 1907; seven rowing boats and a group of canoes; seven motor boats and six speed boats. The museum is housed in a new building which opened in 2019. Heritage boat trips cost an extra £10. adult £9. Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories (Q8024129) on Wikidata Windermere Steamboat Museum on Wikipedia
  • 3 Blackwell House, +44 1539 446139. Blackwell (Q4923584) on Wikidata Blackwell (historic house) on Wikipedia
  • 4 Orrest Head. Orrest Head (Q2031590) on Wikidata Orrest Head on Wikipedia
  • Fell Foot Park.


  • 1 Booths, Victoria St, LA23 1QA (near the railway station). M-Sa 8AM-9PM, Su 10AM-4PM. Medium sized upmarket supermarket, in the former station building.



  • 1 The Queens Pub & Restaurant, Victoria Street, Windermere LA231AB, England.



  • 1 Low Wood Bay (English Lakes), Low Wood Bay, LA23 1LP, +44 15394 33338. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Low Wood Bay is a 4-star resort hotel on the lake shore of Windermere. Featuring its own leisure club and beauty salon including a 50-foot swimming pool and jacuzzi. £49-98 pppn.
  • 2 Miller Howe, Rayrigg Road LA23 1EY, +44 15394 42536.
  • 3 Broadoaks, Bridge Lane, Troutbeck LA23 1LA, +44 1539 445566. Gorgeous hotel in 19th century country house, great dining. Open Feb-Dec, no children under 4. B&B double £160.

Bed and breakfast[edit]


  • 14 Limefitt Park, Troutbeck, Cumbria LA23 1PA. Caravans and Cottages in a holiday park.

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