CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Lancashire Life today CLICK HERE

Spending a day out in Kendal

PUBLISHED: 00:01 03 September 2015 | UPDATED: 23:43 23 October 2015

Branthwaite Brow

Branthwaite Brow

Archant

Synchronise your watches and enjoy a day exploring with our hour-by-hour guide to the Auld Grey Town

10am

Arrive, park in one of the long stay pay and display car parks, or on the road a little further out of town. If you arrive by train, you’ll have to change at Oxenholme, and have a little walk into town.

The shops, cafes and attractions in Kendal are all within walking distance of one another and there are some lovely independent stores to explore. The town centre is bookended by the Westmorland Shopping Centre and the K Village Outlet Shopping Centre and between the two, the main street is lined with shops with many more on the side streets and the yards – particularly those to the north of the town centre, so spend a while browsing.

12.30pm

There’s no shortage of choice at lunchtime in Kendal, with a wide selection of pubs, cafes, delis and restaurants around the town centre. Whatever the size of your appetite (and your wallet) you’re sure to find something suitable. For no-nonsense food and a huge range of teas and coffees try Farrer’s Tea and Coffee House on Stricklandgate.

1.30pm

Take a stroll by the River Kent, one of the fastest flowing rivers in England, although it’s a in a sedate mood as it passes through Kendal. As you wander, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including kingfishers and otters, and for more close-up encounters with animals head for Kendal Museum on Station Road. The museum houses a stunning a collection of animals from across the world, as well as Roman artefacts, geology and items relating the legendary fell-walker, and former Kendal town clerk, Alfred Wainwright.

At the other end of town, the Abbot Hall Art Gallery houses one of the finest collections of George Romney’s paintings. Next door, the Museum of Lakeland Life, in the old Abbot Hall stable block, explores the history of the region and the people who shaped it.

You could also visit the fascinating Quaker Tapestry Museum in the Friends’ Meeting House on Stramongate. As well as giving an insight into the religion, there’s lots of colourful embroidery, activities and workshops. There’s also a particularly good vegetarian café in case you’re starting to feel peckish (and they do good coffee and cake in case you just need a bit of a pick-me-up).

4.45pm

You’ve had a good look around the town, so now enjoy the view over the town from Kendal Castle. (If you find you need an energy boost at this point, we recommend Kendal Mint Cake.) Built in the 12th century, the castle is now a ruin but it’s well worth exploring and gives brilliant views. It was built as the home for the barons of Kendal. In 1897 Kendal Corporation bought Castle Hill for ‘public enjoyment’ to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Turn off the A65 into Parr Street and climb the footpath from the end of the road. Once you’ve admired the Auld Grey Town and seen the queues of traffic finally edge away, retrace your steps to Stricklandgate, the main road through town.

6pm

You could probably do with a drink after your walk, so take your pick from the pubs around the town centre – there’s something to suit all tastes. You could enjoy some wholesome pub food, or try one of the many restaurants around the town – the new and impressive Greenhouse Restaurant at the Castle Green Hotel is well worth a visit.

7.45pm

Once you’re revived, head to the Brewery Arts Centre. Since May 1972 when the first productions were staged there, the former home of Whitwell Mark brewers has boasted a packed and varied programme of events. There’s now a cinema and theatre and the centre regularly hosts music, comedy, dance, literature and drama events. Among the highlights this month are comedy by Chris Ramsey, an evening with Tim Brooke-Taylor and music from Judie Tzuke.

10pm

Time to head for home, unless you’ve booked in to one of the hotels, guest houses or b&bs around the town, in which case have a good night’s sleep and enjoy a second day exploring Kendal tomorrow. If you need some more inspiration, head to Kendal Tourist Information Centre, on Branthwaite Brow, 01539 735891. w

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Lancashire Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Lancashire Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Lancashire Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Yesterday, 00:00

With the West Pennine Moors and the summits of Rivington Pike and Winter Hill right on its doorstp, Bolton has plenty of options for walkers.

Read more
Bolton

Lytham Hall was the spectacular setting for a glittering weekend of steam engines, tractors, cars and family fun.

Read more

Barrowford is one of Lancashire’s most stylish towns but it also has some quirky tales to tell

Read more

The busy West Lancashire village of Parbold scores highly for natural beauty and community spirit

Read more

The two-and-a-half year initiative to preserve the remains of the copper mines.

Read more
Coniston
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Books by Lancashire writer Paula Daly are being filmed in the Lakes by the Broadchurch team for a six-part TV drama starring Rochdale’s Anna Friel

Read more
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Fact and fiction merge to create a tale of murder and kidnap in a novel based on Rufford Old Hall by National Trust volunteer Margaret Lambert

Read more

Liverpool has always buzzed, even in its darker days, but today it’s booming, and underpinning the resurgence are institutions with roots deep in the Merseyside soil

Read more
Liverpool
Friday, November 2, 2018

With carpets of damp fallen leaves and rotting deadwood covering woodlands, autumn is the time when fungi of all shapes and sizes thrive. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Molly Toal explores the mushroom kingdom.

Read more
Thursday, November 1, 2018

An ancient system for training troops in the use of the longbow has been revived in Lancashire

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

John Lenehan grabs his broomstick and takes us on a journey through some of Lancashire’s loveliest countryside.

Read more
Ribble Valley Walks Pendle Hill
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Canicross is one of the fastest growing sports and it has arrived in the Lake District. Irene Rothery reports

Read more
Dogs Lake District Walks

Having 10,000 students on the doorstep is helping this West Lancashire town centre to thrive

Read more

In 1972, a hoard of ancient silver coins was discovered in Prestwich. These days, they’re hoping to strike gold with an unbeatable mix of community, creativity and independent shops but for one craftsperson, silver is still the way to go.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Subscribe or buy a mag today

Local Business Directory

Property Search