Things to do in Kendal
Kendal is a wonderful market town perfect for a break away from home.
What does Kendal have to offer?
There are many things to do in Kendal. With its majestic castle, cobbled streets and breathtaking fells as a backdrop, Kendal is a place to fall in love with. Whatever you’re into, from superb food and drink, discovering quirky gifts and cool new clothes or just absorbing the atmosphere of this beautiful town, Kendal will delight you.
Kendal Castle and culture
Kendal’s atmospheric castle harks back to more turbulent times and offers the chance to take a trip through history. Home to Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife, the castle has an audio guide to walk you through its tales, as well as great views over the town and surrounding countryside.
You’ll discover snippets of history at every turn, whether it’s imagining the shepherds bringing their flocks in over the cobbles or uncovering the secrets of the mediaeval chapel. A trip to the Lakeland Museum is an opportunity to learn about the more recent history and discover how the local people work, live, and celebrate in this unique landscape.
Art and exhibitions
Kendal is home to several galleries and exhibition spaces too, including Abbot Hall Gallery where you can see some wonderful work from across the region and The Factory creative hub, which is where many local crafts people, poets and musicians work their magic.
If you’re a fan of live music, comedy, film, and theatre then the internationally renowned Brewery Arts Centre is the place to be. There’s a vibrant programme of events all year long, plus there’s a top notch bar where you can enjoy a drink before or after the show.
Holidays are fab for families and you’ll find lots for you and your little ones to enjoy. Active types will enjoy the climbing wall, snowsports centre or maize maze and history lovers will love the interactive exhibitions at Kendal Museum. You’ll find a superb programme of creative activities at the Brewery Arts centre too, and the Quaker Tapestry Museum holds regular family focused events with dressing up and fun activities.
One of the best things about Kendal is its wonderful countryside and there are so many spaces to enjoy time together in nature. You’ll find secret picnic spots, cool play areas and plenty of places where your youngsters can let off steam.
Shop till you drop
Kendal’s range of shops might surprise you – as well as familiar high street names, you’ll find a wonderful variety of independent shops. There are style driven boutiques, quirky vintage shops and of course Kendal is home to the Lakes’ most famous sheep – the wonderful Herdy and you’ll find their flagship store right in town.
Kendal is a great place to discover some wonderful local makers too. With such wonderful surroundings, it’s no surprise that this part of the world is an inspiration for painters, poets, sewers and woodsmen as well as all manner of other crafts. Several makers have their studios in town, and you’ll find their goods in many of the independent shops.
One of the best things about staying in a luxury Lake District self-catering cottage is being able to rustle up a tasty feast using great local ingredients. The Lakes is famous for superb produce including Cumbrian sausage, tasty puds and of course the famous Kendal Mint Cake. You’ll find lots of shops selling our wares, as well as the local markets for food fresh from the field.
If you want a change from cooking, you’ll find some super places to eat in Kendal too. There’s everything from proper pubs to chic bistros and a great choice of international cuisine. Rest assured there are cafes and delis too for when you want something lighter. Ans it goes without saying that there are places to snap up some delicious fish and chips as well.
Leisure Facilities at Silverdale Holiday Park
Enjoy complimentary access to our 5-star leisure facilities at Silverdale Holiday Park during your stay in one of our nearby holiday cottages.
Leisure facilities include: swimming pools, sauna, steam room, spa pool.
Additional facilities include: gym, bowling lanes, bar, restaurant, shop, play areas & ice cream parlour (fees may apply).
Places to Visit
Places to Visit
Lancaster, Morecambe & Carnforth
Nearby towns and cities such as Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth are great places for days out during your stay!
Discover the history of Carnforth’s rail at the Carnforth Station Heritage Centre or walk the promenade in Morecambe. Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth are also great for a spot of shopping or a bite to eat!
The Lake District
There are endless discoveries to be made in the Lake District, with Windermere approximately just a 40 minute drive from our cottages which is perfect for days out in the Lake District!
Take in the charm of Windermere and Bowness, with plenty of cafes, restaurants and water activities including Windermere Lake Cruises.
If you have little ones, why not visit The World of Beatrix Potter?
If you’re not afraid of a slightly longer journey to explore even more of the fantastic places in and around our region, why not venture to some of favourite spots below!
Ingleton Falls (approx 18 miles)
Fantastic sights and a splendid walk through Ingleton Waterfalls will make for memories that last a lifetime!
Malham Cove (approx 35 miles)
Spot Peregrine Falcons nesting in this geographical wonder, famously used as a location to film Harry Potter.
Farleton Knott (approx 9 miles)
Offering views across Silverdale, Morecambe Bay, Lancaster and the Lake District – Farelton Knott is a magnificent walk within easy reach from the M6.
Scorton (approx 22 miles)
South between Lancaster and Preston, the village of Scorton is wonderful place to stroll and enjoy at a slower pace. Be sure to pop into local garden centres and Wyresale Park.