Windermere

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Windermere which includes café lifestyle, heritage architecture and signage

Ride a boat around the islands of this scenic lake and visit the charming villages where some of England’s greatest writers lived.

Windermere is England’s largest lake, with spectacular views of the surrounding green hills and valleys. Pleasant villages with museums dedicated to the Lake District’s treasured writers surround the lake, which is 11 miles (17 kilometers) long. Rent a boat to visit some of the lake’s 18 islands.

Cycle along the lake’s perimeter and enjoy the serene ambiance. Find a spot for a picnic with a view of the water. Choose one of the many romantic cruises that take you around the lake. North of the water is Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, which has wildlife trails and intriguing displays.

Visit some of the quaint villages lining the shores. Ambleside on the northern side has rows of charming boutiques and cafés in Tudor buildings. Stroll through Bowness-on-Windermere to find the The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction, where the rooms and gardens depict scenes from her children’s books.

Northwest of the lake lies the village of Grasmere, formerly home to one of England’s greatest poets, William Wordsworth. See his former family houses at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount and take a trip to the Wordsworth Museum.

Learn about the many world speed record attempts on the lake. Sir Henry Segrave broke the record in 1930 but later capsized and died of his injuries.

Expect fairly wet and mild weather in Windermere, with August the warmest month. April is the driest time of the year, while snow covers parts of the region in winter. The lake is up to 219 feet (67 meters) deep and just less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) wide.

The area is in the southeastern part of the Lake District National Park in the county of Cumbria. Ride a 1-hour train south from Carlisle or drive the 50-mile (80-kilometer) journey. London is 280 miles (450 kilometers) south. Get around the lake via passenger ferries and steamers.

Enjoy a Windermere trip with a mixture of relaxing cruises, island visits and strolls through quaint villages.

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
23 Church Street, Windermere, England
The price is AU$245 per night from 3 Jan. to 3 Jan.
This family-friendly Windermere hotel is located on a lake, just steps away from Bowness Pier and Lake Windermere. Old Laundry Theatre and World of Beatrix Potter ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (853 reviews)
"Great location, lake views, friendly courteous staff and good food."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Low Wood Bay
Low Wood Bay
4 out of 5
Low Wood Bay, Ambleside Road, Windermere, England
The price is AU$254 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre and Lake Windermere. Ambleside Pier and Townend are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (340 reviews)
"Fantastic facilities, beautifully located and makes the best of stunning vista. Black cushions in room were stained which spoiled the perfection a little. Paying extra £12 per day for parking because not booked via English Lakes seems a bit harsh and petty. There is a sign in reception that advised ..."

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2021

Low Wood Bay
The Belsfield Hotel
The Belsfield Hotel
4 out of 5
Kendal Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, England
The price is AU$256 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of World of Beatrix Potter and Lake Windermere. Hill Top and Lakeland Motor Museum are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (823 reviews)
"Lovely hotel with very friendly, helpful staff. The rooms are a good size and very clean with big comfortable beds. The location is perfect."

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2021

The Belsfield Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kotel Windermere
Kotel Windermere
4.5 out of 5
Lake road, Windermere, England
The price is AU$245 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated in the historical district, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of World of Beatrix Potter and Lake Windermere. Brockhole - the Lake District ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (56 reviews)
"The unusual contactless check was problematic in that I was stuck in gridlocked traffic unsure when I would arrive and, well past check in time, had still not received my access code. I phoned and a very helpful staffer told me what it was. At least I'd be able to get in when I finally arrived. Since ..."

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2021

Kotel Windermere
3 Bed Lodge (Sleeps 6) at White Cross Bay Holiday Park, Windermere (Indoor Pool)
3 Bed Lodge (Sleeps 6) at White Cross Bay Holiday Park, Windermere (Indoor Pool)
White Cross Bay Holiday Park, Ambleside, Rd 41 Skiptory Howe, Windermere, ENG
This family-friendly Windermere cabin is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre and Lake Windermere. Orrest ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (27 reviews)
Great location, well-equipped and comfortable
"Ideally located for exploring the major Lakes attractions. Decent facilities in the holiday park itself. The lodge is well-equipped and comfortable for 6. Great comms and local advice from the hosts - thank you!"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2021

3 Bed Lodge (Sleeps 6) at White Cross Bay Holiday Park, Windermere (Indoor Pool)
Semi detached one bedroomed endearing cottage. Short walk to Lake, pubs, cafes
Semi detached one bedroomed endearing cottage. Short walk to Lake, pubs, cafes
North Cottage, Longtail Hill, Windermere, ENG
The price is AU$695 per night from 17 Dec. to 17 Dec.
Situated in Windermere, this romantic cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Bowness Pier and Lake Windermere. Windermere Ferry and Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
Relaxing
"A lovely stay in a lovely property, highly recommend staying here. Thanks from for the surprise in the fridge. Wish we could have stayed longer."

Reviewed on 7 Nov. 2021

Semi detached one bedroomed endearing cottage. Short walk to Lake, pubs, cafes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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