Kendal lies in the valley of the River Kent. It is a lively market town offering a nice change from the peace and quiet of Kentmere valley.

Kendal is excellent for shopping and is distinctive for its small yards, tucked away from the main street, which house specialist shops selling local produce. The usual high street stores can also be found. Booths supermarket is the best place to buy food, including tasty local cheeses. There is a fine art gallery and a swimming pool on the outskirts of the town.


Kendal Leisure Centre
Burton Road, Kendal, Cumbria. LA9 7HX. 01539 729777

If you need an activity for a rainy day then Kendal Leisure Centre is a good option. Facilities include a gym, squash and badminton courts, a 25-metre swimming pool and learner pool, theatre, sauna and licensed bar and cafe.

Brewery Arts Centre

Brewery Arts Centre
Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria. 01539 725133

Theatre, cinema, dance and free art exhibitions are all on offer here. But one of the best things about the old brewery is its fantastic cafe serving down to earth but delicious food at reasonable prices.

Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle, Farm Shop Garden
Sizergh, near Kendal, Cumbria. LA8 8AE 015395 60951

This imposing house, at the gateway to the Lake District, stands proud in a rich and beautiful garden, which includes a pond, lake, national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden.

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