There’s plenty to see and do in Kendal, from walking, to museum visits, to cycling and tapestry gazing Read our guide whilst on tour

Things To Do In Kendal

There is vast amount of things to see and do in Kendal, and something that will suit all ages and budgets.  Kendal is located in the district of Cumbria just to the south of the Lake District and a perfect location for people who enjoy the great outdoors. Kendal is a lively market town that has a great deal to offer both indoors and outdoors.

Things To Do In Kendal When It’s Raining

Kendal has a vast array of things to choose from when it comes to finding an activity for when it is raining.

Quakery Tapestry Museum, Stramongate, Kendal

Quaker Tapestry Museum is an award-winning attraction that is world famous and it features an inspirational exhibition of embroidered panels which tell various stories covering revolutionary ideas, railways and the remarkable people of the local area. The exhibits contain three hundred and fifty years of history. The tapestries have all been hand crafted by four thousand people from around the world. This attraction has interactive displays and films to watch.

Kendal Wall, Lakeland Climbing Centre, Kendal

For the more adventurous visitors a trip to Lakeland Climbing Centre in Kendal may be worth considering as it is a great climbing experience for all abilities from beginners to experience climbers.

Kendal Leisure Centre

Kendal Leisure centre located in the heart of the town is another attraction that will provide a great day out as it has extensive fitness facilities as well as an impressive twenty five metre swimming pool and a indoor sports hall, therefore plenty to keep people busy who like to keep fit whilst on tour.

Days Out For Couples In Kendal

There are many activities in Kendal that couples can enjoy doing and seeing together.

The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

The Brewery Arts Centre is a well-known centre for events, art, music and theatre. The venue has a capacity of four hundred and fifty. This centre is also home to two art galleries, a dram studio, a Grainstore restaurant and a Warehouse Café.

The Antiques Emporium, Kendal

The Antiques Emporium is another fun activity for couples to do as they can enjoy a stroll around many this delightful emporium and browse the many antiques and bric-a-brac. The collections here include antiques, collectables, retro and mid-century modern furniture.  Along with furniture there are also collections of kitchenalia, jewellery, tools, paintings and books.

Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley, Kendal

For visitors that like beer, the Hawkshead Brewery is a location that must be visited whilst in the area.  Its visitor centre allows a peek into the world of beer brewing and bottling and you can take a look at the brewing process, and also wander through time by exploring the history of the brewery. There is also a specialist international beer shop, a conference room, a function room and a beer kitchen, where you can enjoy some tasty food during your visit.

Places To Visit In Kendal For Free

If you are looking keep control of your budget whilst on holiday in Kendal there is still plenty to do.  For a start, there are several walking and cycling routes in this area, providing a wonderful way to take in the local nature, and flora and fauna of the area.


Hill walking is a very popular activity in this area for the more adventurous visitors, and in addition to the hills there are plenty of popular walks to set off on around the area with varying degrees of length and terrain.  Some of the popular routes taken by those wanting to go walking near Kendal are:

  • Hawkshead to Lake Windermere
  • Loughrigg Tarn
  • Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge
  • Elterwater Waterfalls Walk
  • Loughrigg Fell and Rydal Water
  • The Langdale Pikes

Forests & Gardens

There are a number of forests and National Trust beautiful gardens to be explored around this area too.

These include:

  • Acorn Bank – Temple Sowerby, Penrith CA10 1SP
  • Allan Bank – Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9QB
  • Askham Hall – Askham, Penrith CA10 2PF
  • Brantwood – East of Lake, Coniston LA21 8AD
  • Brockhole Visitor Centre – Brockhole National Park, The Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere LA23 1LJ
  • Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens – Dalemain, Penrith CA11 0HB
  • Grizedale Forest – Lake District (near Hawkshead)
  • Holehird Gardens – Windermere LA23 1NP
  • Holker Hall & Gardens – Cark, Grange-over-Sands LA11 7PL
  • Hutton-in-the-Forest – Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith CA11 9TH
  • Levens Hall & Gardens – Levens Hall, Kendal LA8 0PD
  • Mirehouse & Gardens – A591, Keswick CA12 4QE
  • Muncaster Castle & Gardens – Ravenglass CA18 1RQ
  • Sizergh Castle – Sizergh, Kendal LA8 8DZ
  • Swarthmoor Hall – Swarthmoor Hall Ln, Ulverston LA12 0JQ
  • Wordsworth House & Gardens – Main Street, Cockermouth CA13 9RX

Window Shopping

Westmorland Shopping Centre, Stricklandgate, Kendal

Westmorland Shopping centre is a great place for a bit of window shopping as there are a vast amount of shops including Topshop, The Body Shop and even Poundland, if you fancy hunting for some bargains, to name a few.

There are also some smaller local shops which sell locally produced food and drink and memorabilia.

Days Out For Families in Kendal

Abbots Hall Art Gallery, Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL

Abbots Hall Art Gallery is an award-winning attraction and the gallery is housed in a Grade 1 listed building. Abbots Hall is located in the centre of the town on the banks of a river. This attraction will provide an inspiring day out for people of all ages. The Georgian Period room is dedicated to George Romney who is a Cumbrian born artist and he was one of the greatest painters of the eighteenth century.

The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL

The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry will be an interesting day out for people of all ages. A visit to this attraction will enable you to experience what Victorian farm houses were like from the food that would have been in the kitchen to the elegance of the parlour. The galleries at this attraction tell the story of the arts and crafts history in the area.  This attraction is a great way to discover tanning, mining and farming which would have taken place in the Lake District and it gives an insight into how inhabitants of the area would have lived many years ago.

Kendal Museum, Station Rd, Kendal LA9 6BT

Kendal Museum is another popular family friendly attraction which dates back to 1796 when it was opened by William Todhunter and is filled with collections of plants, minerals, animals, fossils and antiques. The displays at this museum are regularly updated and they all have many interactive features.

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