This section of the site will provide
details of tourist attractions in Kendal and in the immediate vicinity
of the town:
| |Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Abbot Hall Art Gallery is housed in one of Kendal's most important buildings, a Grade I listed villa on the banks of the River Kent. The galleries offer two floors of light-filled spaces in which to see art. The intimate rooms and tranquil setting are used to show British painting and sculpture in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere. As well as a fine permanent collection, Abbot Hall is widely acknowledged as having one of the most imaginative and independently-minded exhibition programmes outside London. Families are very welcome and children have free entry; there are also gallery trails and activity sheets to help everyone enjoy the exhibitions.
| |The Famous 1657 Chocolate House
The Famous 1657 Chocolate House is an Aladdin's cave of hundreds of handpicked chocolates. It offers a large range of gifts, ideal for any special occasion. Enjoy locally-made ice cream with their own hot chocolate sauce, taste the 'World's Best Fudge' or, in season, you can even buy a chocolate plant (Cosmos atrosanguineus). There is also a café on site with an all-day sweet and savoury menu, and offering 20 different chocolate drinks and 14 handmade gateaux.
| |Kendal Castle
Kendal Castle is now largely in ruins but is nevertheless well worth a visit. Take an easy stroll up Castle Hill and wander freely around the site, enjoying fabulous views over the town. The castle dates back to the late 12th Century and was home to the baronial families of Kendal, including the Parr family. Catherine Parr, the castle's most famous resident and later Henry VIII's sixth wife, grew up at Kendal Castle before moving to London. To learn more about Kendal Castle and the people that lived there, visit the exhibition at Kendal Museum. Unbeknown even to many residents of Kendal, this was not Kendal's first castle. A wooden motte and bailey fort that pre-dates Kendal Castle was built on the other side of the river, at Castle Howe, where earthwork remains and a monument now stand.
| |Kendal Climbing Wall
Kendal Climbing Wall welcomes climbers of all abilities and all ages. As the North's premier climbing centre, it offers an awesome 20-metre leading wall with roofs, grooves, belay cave, stalactites and more. There are also two bouldering rooms with a bouldering ladder in the winter. Beginners can try a taster session and there are improver modules available as private sessions for more experienced climbers.
Kendal Golf Club is more than a century old and seen numerous improvements during its history. Today the challenging par 70 18-hole course enjoys an elevated position over the town of Kendal, providing the golfer with breathtaking panoramic views not only of the Lake District fells and the Yorkshire Dales, but also of Morecambe Bay and Lancashire. Greens and fairways are maintained to a high standard and the club house has its own restaurant and function room.
| |Kendal Ski Club
Kendal Ski Club was formed by a group of enthusiastic skiers and has always been a friendly club with an annual membership of around 1500 people. All activities are provided on a voluntary basis, from gardening to ski and snowboard instruction and coaching. The slope nestles below Kendal Castle and is about 80 metres long and 35 metres wide. The surface is the user-friendly 'snowflex' material and there are two distinct smooth areas of slope, a quarter pipe, two kickers, 'waves', three rows of moguls, a grind bar and 'C' rail. Equipment is available for hire.
lakes leisure Kendal is one of the most diverse leisure and entertainment complexes in Cumbria. It offers an extensive range of arts, sports and leisure activities, facilities and events for visitors of all ages and abilities. Facilities include a 25m swimming pool and children's learner pool, a stationed gym and fitness centre with a complete schedule of fitness classes, squash and badminton courts, a 900 seat theatre, and a time-out area.
Low Sizergh Barn is at Sizergh on the outskirts of Kendal and lies on the edge of the Lake District National Park. It is open throughout the year and offers visitors and locals the chance to shop, relax and connect with food and farming in a stunning environment. There is a café where you can sit and watch the cows being milked and there are walking trails you can also enjoy.
| |The Quaker Tapestry Exhibition
The Quaker Tapestry inspires all who visit. Often compared with the Bayeux Tapestry, this modern, internationally-created exhibition reveals a myriad of stories within 77 captivating and colour embroidery panels. Situated within a 19th Century meeting house, The Quaker Tapestry Exhibition also offers embroidery workshops and courses which share the secrets and skills used in the making of the Tapestry. The award-winning Tapestry Tearooms serve morning coffee, lunch, light bites and afternoon tea with a variety of delicious homemade cakes.
| |Sizergh Castle & Garden
Discover this imposing house at the gateway to the Lake District. Sizergh Castle stands proud in a rich and beautiful garden with an important National Collection of hardy ferns, herbaceious borders and kitchen garden. Sizergh is a great stop-off point when visiting Kendal. The house, which is still lived in by the Strickland family, has many tales to tell. Centuries-old portraits and fine furniture sit alongside modern day family photos... it certainly feels lived in! Families will also enjoy the ability to explore the house and garden with the children's outdoor trail and house quiz.
Waterside Art Gallery
Widely regarded as one of the foremost figurative wildlife artists in Britain today, Phillip Alder is as passionate about conserving the world's remaining wild places as he is about his art. His gallery, Waterside Art Gallery, is so much more th an just 'a gallery'. It is where he now paints, in between his research trips. It his studio. It sometimes lacks the sterile tidiness you might expect from a gallery but you will be made welcome. You will be able to see work in progress, discuss techniques and, if you are an artist yourself, perhaps be inspired.
For tourist attractions a little further afield, see
the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales sections of the site.