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Mists over Windermere from Waterhead, sailing boats docked on the shore. Windermere is close to a wide range of hotels and tourist destinations / sights


Tourist Information

Things to see & do in Windermere

Windermere Including Bowness on Windermere. Situated on the shores of Lake Windermere, the bustling town of Bowness offers a great variety of visitor attractions and shops. From Bowness, you can take the short ferry at Hawkeshead and head towards Coniston and Beatrix Potter country. Bowness is the main centre within the Lake District and the departure point for many cruises on Lake Windermere, the Lake District's largest Lake.  Various watersports can also be arranged.

Here are some of the top things to see and do in Windermere:

Hike to Orrest Head: Embark on a short but rewarding hike to Orrest Head, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding countryside.

Beatrix Potter Attractions: Explore the world of Beatrix Potter, the beloved children's author, by visiting the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead or the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere.

Visit Wray Castle: Explore the historic Wray Castle, a neo-Gothic Victorian mansion located on the western shore of Lake Windermere. The castle offers beautiful grounds and family-friendly activities.

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway: Take a nostalgic steam train journey on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, which runs from Haverthwaite to the southern tip of Lake Windermere.

Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House: Visit this stunning Arts and Crafts house, which showcases beautiful architecture, interiors, and gardens. It also hosts exhibitions and events.

Outdoor Activities: Engage in various outdoor activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, and fishing on Lake Windermere.

Cycling: Explore the Lake District's scenic countryside on a bike. There are dedicated cycling routes and quiet country roads for cyclists of all levels.

Brockhole on Windermere: This visitor center offers a range of activities, including treetop trekking, zip-lining, adventure playgrounds, and gardens with lake views.

Scenic Drives: Take leisurely drives through the Lake District, enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Kirkstone Pass and Hardknott Pass are particularly scenic routes.

Explore Ambleside: Visit the neighboring town of Ambleside, known for its charming streets, shops, and historic sites like Bridge House.

Aira Force: Discover the picturesque Aira Force waterfall and enjoy walking trails amidst lush woodlands.

Windermere Jetty Museum: Learn about the history of boats and steamships on Lake Windermere at this award-winning museum.

Gardens: Explore some of the stunning gardens in the area, such as Holehird Gardens and Levens Hall Gardens.

Climb the Wansfell Pike: For more adventurous hikers, climb Wansfell Pike for panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells.

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