Kendal is a historic market town situated on the banks of the River Kent off the A591. Known as the 'Gateway to the Lakes', the town is well worth a visit and offers a bunch of museums, attractions, a shopping centre, pubs and restaurants, and a bustling market.
Things to do in Kendal
Internationally renowned for hosting music, theatre, arts and events, the Brewery Arts Centre houses a cinema complex as well as a theatre hall and 450 capacity live music venue, attracting productions and performers from all over the world. Enjoy a refreshing real ale or meal at The Vats bar.
Kendal Museum is where history meets nature, with the Lake District National History Gallery showcasing a geological history of the Lakes whilst the World Wildlife Gallery provides a fascinating experience into animal evolution and ecology. Open Tue to Sat 10am to 4pm.
Pay a visit to Kendal Castle, a fully accessible 12th century ruin and former home to Queen Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of King Henry VIII of England. The top of Castle Hill also provides fantastic panoramic views over the town, and the whole site is free to visit.
Discover how people used to live in the Lake District, whilst strolling down a Victorian high street. Explore a Victorian kitchen and bedroom. For anyone interested in the history of this lovely part of the world then a visit to the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry is a must.