About Kendal

You will find Hillside Bed & Breakfast an ideal base for exploring the ‘auld grey town’ the beautiful Lake District and Dales National Parks. Kendal which is home to the famous mint cake, was named second best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times in March 2013.

Discover cobbled streets and hidden yards, watch the world go by from one of the many pavement eateries, or admire the wonderful view over the town from the dramatic ruins of 13th century Kendal Castle, Scout Scar or Serpentine Wood.

Once home to fell walker Alfred Wainwright, writer Arthur Ransome and the studio of 18th century artist George Romney, Kendal is best explored on foot.

Only 20 minutes’ drive, 8 miles from Windermere, Kendal offers a vibrant cultural scene; hosting events and festivals throughout the year from the Westmoreland County show, Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Freerange Comedy Festival to the internationally renowned Kendal Mountain Film Festival. A full events program keeps residents and visitors entertained all year round.

Things to do in the South Lakes: Kendal

March: Kendal Food Festival

May: Comedy Festival

May: Kendal Walking Festival

July: Kendal Calling

July: Wake The Lakes

 August: Lake District Summer Music Festival

September: LakesAlive

September:Westmorland Ccounty Show

September: Kendal Torchlight Parade

October: Comic Arts Festival

November: Mountain Film Festival

Kendal has an array of specialty shops, high street stores and great outdoor markets, as well as welcoming traditional pubs and a wide choice of restaurants. For a selection of places to eat please follow this link to our “Guest info and links” page or download Places to eat

Fascinating places to visit include Abbot Hall Art Gallery, one of the finest small galleries in Britain and the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry.

The Brewery Arts Centre boasts an exciting program of events and the Grade I listed, 13th century Kendal Parish Church, is interesting and beautiful, with one of the widest aisles in the country. Kendal Museum is one of the oldest in the country and the Quaker Tapestry Exhibition Centre has an international reputation.

For visitors seeking a challenge, the award-winning Lakeland Climbing Centre offers the finest indoor climbing and bouldering walls in the North West.

Just out of town there is a wealth of places to visit, including Sizergh Castle, dating from the 14th century, set in beautiful grounds, and Levens Hall, an Elizabethan Mansion home with world-famous topiary gardens. The stunning scenery in the Lake District National Park which inspired literary greats William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter is a must for sightseeing. Wordsworth’s former home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is also well worth a visit.

Why not base yourself at Hillside Bed & Breakfast for a well-deserved break? The area has so much to offer – cyclists can enjoy high-adrenaline Mountain biking over fells and valleys or family days out on quiet roads with spectacular views. Or just chill out and enjoy our stunning scenery – you can be sure of a warm welcome.