Visiting Windermere

Windermere is one of the most popular towns in the UK's most visited National Park, the Lake District. The town makes an ideal base for exploring the Lakes, but also has plenty to offer tourists itself.

Accommodation In and Around Windermere

There are dozens of hotels in windermere from which to choose, ranging from some of the most luxurious in the Lakes to more affordable options. Some of the better hotels are located some way out of the town, many overlooking Lake Windermere and offering spectacular lake and mountain views. It can be the ideal destination for a short break to celebrate a special occasion, and several area hotels also offer wedding packages. The town itself has plenty of family run bed and breakfasts where the emphasis is on a clean, comfortable and affordable room. And the full English breakfast that's served everywhere is the ideal way to start your day if you're walking over the surrounding fells. Many hotels in Windermere offer locally sourced food for breakfast and for dinner; meat, fish and vegetables.

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What To Do In Windermere

As one of the major gateways to the Lakes, Windermere has a better than average variety of shops, restaurants and tea rooms; it's one of the best places in the area to shop for camping and outdoor equipment, as well as souvenirs. Windermere and neighbouring Bowness also offer some delightful walks along the lake, and one of the best ways to get an overview of the town is from a cruise on Lake Windermere. Steamers provide trips around the lake, as well as to the opposite bank. But without a doubt one of the most popular attractions in Windermere, and the reason why many people come here, is the World of Beatrix Potter. It's an interactive museum and theme park celebrating the life and works of the popular children's author with displays, exhibits and performances, all designed to appeal to adults as much as children.

Gateway To the Lakes

But many visitors understandably use Windermere as a convenient base from which to explore the rest of the Lake District, especially the southern area and the fells around Windermere and Coniston. There are plenty of scenic walks in and around the town that can be completed within a few hours, although the walk up and down Helvellyn, England's 3rd highest mountain, should not be tackled by beginners. One of the most popular excursions from Windermere is to the cottage at Hill Top in Near Sawrey, where Beatrix Potter lived. The house contains over 2,000 paper drawings and illustrations, as well as personal artifacts and the beautifully maintained gardens. Nearby is the charming village of Hawkshead, with its craft shops and art galleries, and also within easy reach is the town of Coniston, another popular resort. However, Windermere's central location means that just about everywhere in the Lakes can be easily reached from the town, and staying here really does allow you to enjoy everything that this stunning region of England has to offer.