Kendal is within easy reach of the English Lake District and also the north west coastline. Both Windermere and Keswick are a short car journey away and can be reached in less than 30 minutes. The other lakes which make up the Lake District are within an hour or two from the town as well.
The Lake District is famous for its beautiful scenery the town is also well worth exploring. Here we’ll look at some attractions that you’ll want to consider when you visit Kendal.
Abbot Hall Art Gallery is located in a Georgian Villa to be found in the heart of the town and houses some wonderful works of art. There are regular exhibitions and many events and informative lectures as well. So you can take your admiration of its art to new levels.
Sizergh Castle and its gardens is a popular tourist destination which is only a short drive from Kendal. The castle dates back to medieval times and was extended further when Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne. It boasts a number of oak panelled rooms which lead to the Inlaid Chamber with its magnificent collection of portraits and ceramics. The Strickland family still live here, as they have done since the middle ages.
Plus after exploring what is on offer inside the house one can spend time when the weather is fine exploring the gardens. These include a rock garden and two lakes. There are also a number of viewpoints in the grounds which offer views across Morecambe Bay and to the Lake District’s fells.
For those who don’t have a car then in a prominent position in the town you will find the Quaker Tapestry Exhibition Centre. This can be found in the Friends Meeting House built in 1816 and this Georgian building houses exhibits celebrating the formation of the Quakers Religious Society in 1652.
However, if you are looking for somewhere to learn more about what life is like for those who have lived in the Lake District over the centuries, make your way to the Museum of Lakeland Life. Housed in a converted stable block opposite to the Abbot Hall Art Gallery visitors young and old will find plenty to keep them occupied.
You can view a restored eighteenth century Victorian kitchen and down the Edwardian street you will get a flavor of how life has been in the area for the last one hundred and fifty years or so. Certainly for those who want to get a real visit for what Kendal is like and what life has been like for those living here then a visit to this museum is a must.
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