You will find Hillside Bed & Breakfast, in Kendal, an ideal base for exploring the ‘auld grey town‘ the beautiful Lake District and Dales National Parks. Kendal is home to the famous mint cake, and was named second best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times in March 2013. It still retains its charm and beauty today.
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
July: Kendal Calling
July: Wake The Lakes
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 Guest Info and a selection of places to eat please scroll further down this page.
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.
For your convenience, below we have listed a few places of interest, whether it is somewhere to eat or something to see. We hope that you find this page useful when organising your stay.
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Good Pub Grub Just Outside Kendal
Punch Bowl – (5 miles) Crosthwaite 015395 68237
The Wild Boar – Crook
The Wheatsheaf – (3 miles) Brigsteer
The Watermill – (3 miles) Ings
Strickland Arms – (2 miles) Sizergh 015395 61010
Station Inn – (2 miles) Oxenholme
The Grain Store, – 01539 725133 www.breweryarts.co.uk
Within the Brewery Arts Centre,Highgate, LA9 4HE
The Moon – 01539 729254 www.themoonhighgate.com
129 Highgate, LA9 4EN
Corner 124- 01539 724843 [email protected]
124 Stricklandgate, LA9 4AT
Little Italy- 01539 583877
21a Stramongate, LA9 4BH
Shakespeare Inn- 01539 724069
The Miles Thomson – Wetherspoons 01539 815710
The Wakefield Arms – Table Table
Stricklandgate, LA9 4QD
Beijing House – 01539 738686
181 Highgate, LA9 5AA
Mumbai – 01539 723787
8 Stramongate, LA9 4BN
New Eastern Balti – 01539 724074
22 Wildman St, LA9 6EN
India- 01539 722711
20 Blackhall Rd, LA9 4BW
Jintana – 01539 723123
101, Highgate, LA9 4EN
Bankok 7 – 01539 33733
24 Finkle street, LA9 4AB
Pizza Express – 01539 728598
Wainwrights yard, LA9 4AP
Some restaurants and bars are not open every night of the week, we have provided telephone numbers if you wish to ring ahead and book first.
Places of interest.
Chocolate House 1657, famous chocolate shop in Kendal
Low Sizergh Barn, Farm Shop & Gallery near Kendal
Art Gallery in Kendal
Levens Hall and Gardens, with famous topiary
Windermere Lake Cruises
Brewery Art Centre, Kendal, exhibitions, live music & cinema
Blackwell is Britain’s finest surviving Arts and Crafts house by M.H.Baillie Scott
The Quaker Tapestry Exhibition Centre Museum at Kendal
Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry
Kendal Climbing Wall
Kendal Golf Club : One of the Best Clubs in the Lake District, Cumbria
Kendal Golf club proudly celebrated its centenary in 1991 and indeed has now been at its present location for over 100 years.
Sizergh – Visitor information – National Trust