The 10 Best Things to Do in Windermere, United Kingdom (UK)

December 29, 2017 Leonarda Pillsbury

This popular resort town is located just a mile from Windermere Lake, the largest lake in Europe and alleged home of more than one peculiar sea creature. If we've scared you out of skiing, boating and fishing in Windermere Lake, there's always horseback riding and golf. Or you can explore the lake from the safety of a ferryboat, which regularly takes passengers from Hawkshead to Bownes.
Restaurants in Windermere

1. Orrest Head

Windermere, England
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5 based on 1 reviews

Orrest Head

Reviewed By LALL777 - London, United Kingdom

We had arrived in Windermere for a weekend break to celebrate my Wife’s birthday. The short walk was relaxing and relatively easy walk. We were fortunate with decent weather; the views were quite break taking all around at the top. Well worth it, a must do.

2. Brant Fell Above the Bustle

Bowness-on-Windermere, England
Excellent
76%
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4.5 based on 111 reviews

Brant Fell Above the Bustle

Reviewed By Colin D - Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom

A short but fairly steep climb from the village will be rewarded with amazing views over the lake and surrounding area.A lot of people miss out on this gem by just staying in the village,Close to the caravan site and a great walk for the dog.

3. Townend

Troutbeck LA23 1LB, England +44 15394 32628
Excellent
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4.5 based on 206 reviews

Townend

Atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories The Brownes of Townend in the Troutbeck Valley were just an ordinary farming family: but their home and belongings bring to life more than 400 years of extraordinary stories. As you approach Townend - a traditional Lake District stone and slate farmhouse, you'll understand why Beatrix Potter described Troutbeck Valley as her favourite. Once inside, you are welcomed into the farmhouse kitchen with a real fire - burning most afternoons - and a quirky collection of domestic tools. Throughout the house, intricately carved furniture provides a window into the personality of George Browne. The library contains the family’s well-used collection of books, including 45 that are the only remaining copies in the world. Outside, the colourful cottage-style garden is a lovely place to while away some time among the flowers.

Reviewed By ozzertjie - United Kingdom

This is a unique property, in single ownership for 600 years, giving it an extraordinary unity of design.
Idiosyncratic owners have developed it over centuries, adding often weird, self-aggrandising touches which fascinate.
The room guides are just the best; enthusiastic, knowledgeable and responsive. Outstanding.
You MUST see this house if you have any interest in 17, 18 or 19 century domestic history.

4. Claife Viewing Station

Claife Station Cottage Very close to the Windermere ferry landing | Kemble Drive, Far Sawrey LA22 0LW, England +44 15394 41456
Excellent
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4.5 based on 94 reviews

Claife Viewing Station

This Victorian Viewing Station is the perfect place on the beautiful west shore, to take in a panoramic view of Windermere. Wander up the Viewing Station as the first tourists to the Lakes did hundreds of year before you. Don't miss the cosy cafe in the courtyard and the striking vistas from the top of the station.

Reviewed By stickinsect - Cheshire, UK

Went in search of a straightforward Walk with the dog in lovely surroundings. Just the ticket! Ample parking although it’s a quiet time now. Open space for ball throwing and wide paths lakeside. Amazing views from the summit.

5. Hawkshead Brewery

Staveley Mill Yard Back Lane, Staveley, Kendal LA8 9LR, England +44 1539 822644
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4.5 based on 480 reviews

Hawkshead Brewery

The Beer Hall is the Hawkshead Brewery tap, but within it are many things: visitors' centre, specialist international beer shop, function room, conference room and The Beer Kitchen providing the perfect food to complement the beer - our "Beer Tapas." The Beer Hall is a showcase for real ale and has a Cask Marque award for serving “the perfect pint”.

Reviewed By davival - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Myself and my two sons enjoyed a guided tour at Hawkshead brewery recently. Our host, David, was very knowledgeable about the brewing process and his enthusiasm for his job shone through. After a short video presentation, and an opportunity to taste various types of malted barley, then experience the various flavours of different hops, we were taken through to the brewery to see every stage of the brewing process. Very interesting, and there was even a surprising piece of information about what the brewery do, when the beer is in the fermentation vessels, but you'll have to go on the tour to find out what it is! A great tour which ended with two halves of beer, from their vast selection, in the spacious bar area.

6. Lake Windermere

Windermere, England 0139443360
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Lake Windermere

More than ten miles in length, Windermere is England's largest lake that offers a wide variety of summer recreation including cruises, fishing, boating, sailing and scuba diving.

Reviewed By Andrina106 - Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

A must if in the area, get yourself on a cruise or hire a boat. The Lake is full on interesting things to see and do. We went on a pleasure cruise, what a super trip.

7. Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT, England +44 15394 46139
Excellent
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4.5 based on 635 reviews

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Enjoy a serene day out at the most enchanting historic houses in the Lake District. When you visit you are invited to relax and immerse yourself in all the beauty and craftsmanship of Blackwell. We encourage you to sit and soak up the atmosphere in Blackwell’s fireplace inglenooks, which have fine examples of tiles by Arts & Crafts designer William de Morgan. The inviting window seats offer stunning views of the surrounding Lake District scenery. You can appreciate the house as it was originally intended, without roped-off areas. Blackwell retains many of its original decorative features, including a rare hessian wall-hanging in the Dining Room, leaf-shaped door handles, curious window catches, spectacular plasterwork, stained glass and carved wooden panelling by Simpsons of Kendal. The rooms contain furniture and objects by many of the leading Arts and Crafts designers and studios.

Reviewed By Assessory - Worcestershire, United Kingdom

My wife was particularly interested in the arts aspect and was not disappointed. The contrast between panelled hall and dining room contrasted with the brilliant living room with views over Windermere. You don't need to buy the guide as the display notices are sufficient. Additional...MoreThank you for taking the time to review your visit to Blackwell. We are pleased to read that this extraordinary house lived up to your wife's expectations too! Hopefully we can welcome you both back to Blackwell again soon.

8. Hawkshead Grammar School

Hawkshead, Ambleside, England
Excellent
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4.5 based on 109 reviews

Hawkshead Grammar School

Reviewed By alisdair t - Workington, United Kingdom

Its only £2.50 to get in, and well worth it.. The "curator", gave us a lovely history lesson on how the school operated way back in time, so interesting... Showed us where Wordsworth sat and etched his name into the desk.. Also contains the headmasters room, and a few museum pieces upstairs, All in all a wonderful little place...Also further up the hill, is the lovely church

9. Ambleside Climbing Wall

101 Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0DB, England +44 15394 33794
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5 based on 181 reviews

Ambleside Climbing Wall

Indoor Climbing Venue, suitable for all ages in the heart of The Lake District. Offering Taster sessions, Private Lessons and Kids Clubs throughout the week, and open late for experienced climbers.Our parent company also offer a wide range of outdoor activities; from kayaking and rock climbing, to gorge scrambling and hiking.

Reviewed By mooimanb - Crewe, United Kingdom

We took our two children here for a kids taster session, once we made a telephone reservation.
The facility is fantastic. Both instructors were very good, very knowledgeable, but most of all, very entertaining, very engaging and very good with the children.
There are two indoor walls the fist one is sort of a horizontal wall where one climbs across rather than up and down. In this area the children got a warm up and some basic tuition, before going to the big "up and down" wall. There everybody got about three or four goes climbing. Then lastly there was a bit of warm down and some games back in the horizontal wall area.
This is a friendly, but professionally managed climbing wall. I thoroughly recommend this as a kids activity, rain or shine.

10. Holehird Gardens

Holehird Gardens Patterdale Road, Windermere LA23 1NP, England +44 15394 46008
Excellent
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5 based on 360 reviews

Holehird Gardens

Holehird Gardens, home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society, 12 acres of volunteer-run stunning Gardens, open every day of the year & a partner garden to RHS. Our Visitor Information office is open daily from 10.00 to 16.00 from April to the end of October.

Reviewed By 611mariec - Geelong, Australia

With some directions in hand, I drove out to see the Gardens, but had some trouble finding my way. Eventually, I got there and all the stress was forgotten . What a beautiful haven in the midst of rather spectacular scenery. this was genuinely one...MoreSo pleased you found your way! Do come again as the Gardens change constantly with the seasons.

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