Kendal is a medium sized market town situated in the south of the Lake District. This town is in the county of Cumbria and is a great place to explore the nearby national park from. Kendal has a population of around thirty thousand but often gets busier in the summer months when people come to visit the area. Most of the buildings in Kendal are made from Grey Limestone and because of this the town is often called 'The Auld Grey Town'. But don't let this description put you off, Kendal is still a very nice place to spend some time.
There are some good options when it comes to accommodation in Kendal. There are a wide variety of hotels in the area offering some nice rooms. One of the best around is the County Hotel, this has a good reputation and is not to expensive. The Castle Green Hotel also offers some really nice rooms and the hotel is set in lovely grounds. Kendal also has a Premier Inn which offers good quality lodgings at a cheap price. There are also lots of nice cottages in Kendal and in the surrounding area, these are mainly privately owned but are available for rent.
The town centre of Kendal is a nice place to visit. There are a plenty of shops to browse around, mainly the usual kind of shops you would expect in a average sized town, but there is also a nice market which runs on certain days. This is a great place to have a look round and pick up some bargains. Kendal is world famous for it's 'Kendal Mint Cake'. This is a very sweet snack that is very tasty and great for giving you energy. If you have never tried Kendal Mint Cake you really must sample some while you visit the town, it's sold in quite a few of the shops.
Kendal also offers a good selection of cultural activities. There are a few galleries located in the town, the most notable one being Abbot Hall Art Gallery. This Georgian Villa is a wonderful setting for looking at the artwork local to the area, they also offer educational classes and other activities. Another good place to visit that is just outside of Kendal is Sizergh Castle and Gardens. This is a nice place to spend some time admiring the beauty of the area and also looking around the medieval house which is usually open to the public.
Kendal is a good place to stay if you want to explore the Lake District. This really is an area of outstanding natural beauty and Kendal is only a very short drive away from the heart of the Lakes. There tends to be more to do in Kendal than the other Lakeland towns such as Keswick and Windermere, so this can be an ideal place to use as a base for exploring. Kendal really does have plenty to offer and is a great place to go and visit.
I am currently living in Kendal (Cumbria). It is a welcome change from some of the other places I have lived in in the Lake District. It is situated in the South of the Lake District-and only about ten miles from Lake Windermere.
The transport situation in Kendal is pretty good compared to other towns and villages nearby. Although there is a small train station in Kendal, trains run more regularly and to a lot more destinations from nearby Oxenholme (approximately 1 mile away). The nearest city to Kendal is Lancaster-which takes approximately half an hour by car, or anything up to an hour and a half by public transport.
Kendal is the home to Kendal Mint Cake. There are a great selection of pubs and shops situated on the main street. It has a range of shopping arcades scattered in the centre of, and around Kendal. The town boasts museums and castles and isn't far from many popular tourist attractions-such as Devils Bridge (Kirkby Lonsdale).
Kendal also has a good leisure and entertainment centre, which often hosts celebrities. In the past guests have included Jimmy Carr and Lenny Henry. The Brewery Arts Centre also offers a range of films, theatres etc. The leisure centre has excellent parking facilities and often run roller-blading discos and sports clubs there.
Kendal is the perfect place for youngsters, people who like sightseeing, history or are very energetic- if you're none of this then Kendal is not the place for you!
Kendal is probably the biggest market town in the south lake district. It has alot of shops and alot to see and do. There is two castle, museums, factory outlets, shops, hotels, and historic buildings. Kendal is also the home of the famous Kendal Mint Cake which you have to try when you visit. Kendal also takes place in cumbria in bloom with some lovely collections of flowers, i think it was 2007 it won.
The main street is full of shops with high street names and speciality shops but there is also alot of backstreets leading off which also have lots of small shops, hairdressers and others boutique style, speciality shops.There is also a markets that visits kendal where you can pick up some nice bargains. There is a small indoor shopping centre which has shops like argos and vision express in.
Kendal is also home to a large population and has alot of houses in the area. I would think Kendal is an extremely useful Town to live close to. I live about 30 minutes away now which does come in useful but i dont visit too often. However, when i do visit, it is always a nice experience,i feel very safe walking around this town and always come home with a decent amount of shopping bags and bargains.
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Nestled in the valley of the river Kent is the market town of Kendal. Famous for its mint cake and shoes (K shoes) Kendal has a lot to offer the visitor. Kendal is found a few miles away from the M6 on the edge of the Lake District and the Yorkshire dales. Due to its location Kendal is used by many as a base for exploring and walking in these areas it does however have a lot to offer the visitor. Kendal has been a prosperous market town for many generations with lots of industries in the town. Engineering, sweet making, shoe making, and cloth making and dying have all been part of this small town. Now it still has lots of industries associated with the town but the most obvious is its tourism. There is a river running through the middle of this town, the river Kent which rises quickly if the weather has been wet, a common occurrence in the Lake District, its level falls as quickly in dry conditions. The highest recorded height of the river was in 1898. The river meanders through the town and separates the main shops from the castle. As you climb up from the river you can walk past many small shops. Some of the shops are familiar names to most towns in this country but others are just small local shops. There is an open market of some days and an indoor market every day. You can find all types of shops in Kendal but it has more than its fair share of outdoor pursuit shops selling walking and camping gear as well as plenty of shops selling trinkets for the tourist. Most shops sell its most famous confectionery Kendal mint cake basically just mint flavoured sugar, a must for fell walkers around the world. A must for bargain hunters is the K Village factory shops like most factory shopping areas it has a variety of shops but unlike most it is close to the centre of a town. If you have to kit children out with new school shoes this is a must as you can save a fortune on the cost of shoe leather! There is a bus which is provided by
the town during the summer months which will take you around the town to the from the factory shops at one end of the town to a garden centre at the other. The bus is a great hit with children, as it is a vintage bus and a great attraction. The town boasts a host of pubs and restaurants, all styles of pubs if you need a drink, an excellent range of restaurants to cater for all types of pallet and different wallet sizes. Several of the restaurants offer a happy hour where you can choose a main course for £2.95. You can of course visit the ubiquitous McDonalds and Kentucky fried Chicken. On the other side of the river to the shopping centre is the Castle. It stands on the top of a small hill. When you have climbed up the hill you will be greeted with the sight of a dilapidated castle. A lot of work was done to make it safe during the end of the 20th Century. Although there is not a lot of the castle left you can see a long way from there looking towards many peaks. It is well worth, with children their imagination can run wild. Kendal also boasts many museums and other places of interest. There is an art centre, which hosts various films, it does not have the variety of the big city multiplex cinemas but you can see a film or a play there and they usually have some art exhibition to see. There are a lot of musical events around the town if you know where to look. The Quaker Tapestries tell a lot about the history of Kendal in needlework. You can visit the Kendal Museum, the Abbot hall museum and many other little places of interest. Kendal is worth a visit in its own right not just a base for going elsewhere. It may not be the most cosmopolitan of places but it is compact enough to be able to wander around and its setting is superb.