Windermere

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Windermere featuring signage, heritage architecture and street scenes
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 kilometres) 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 metres) deep and just less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometres) 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-kilometre) journey. London is 280 miles (450 kilometres) 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.

Windermere Manor Hotel
Windermere Manor Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rayrigg Road, Windermere, England, LA23 1EX
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The price is RM347 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
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1 Feb - 2 Feb
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Windermere. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.8/5 Good! (452 reviews)
Tranquil quality retreat
"A great tranquil position, superb grounds, amazing staff too, the breakfast buffet was a lovely choice too. A very relaxed atmosphere due too a tight schedule I did not get chance to use the indoor swimming pool. However I will make a point of going back to stay another time & utilise the indoor ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2023

Windermere Manor Hotel
The Belsfield Hotel
The Belsfield Hotel
4 out of 5
Kendal Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, England, LA23 3EL
The price is RM650 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan
RM650
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29 Jan - 30 Jan
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Windermere. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,015 reviews)
"Excellent stay. Perfect location"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2023

The Belsfield Hotel
Lakes Hotel and Spa
Lakes Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
Kendal Road, Bowness, Windermere, England, LA23 3EP
The price is RM622 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
RM622
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7 Feb - 8 Feb
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Windermere. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (447 reviews)
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"Wonderful from start to finish. Amazing hotel. The staff made us feel very welcome especially Katie on reception. The front concierge was so friendly and helpfu. The guys over in the pub and the food was good too. Our junior suite with hot tub was fabulous, so comfortable. Perfect to enjoy a couples ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2023

Lakes Hotel and Spa
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Kotel Windermere
Kotel Windermere
4.5 out of 5
Lake road, Windermere, England, LA23 2BY
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Windermere. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (92 reviews)
First time stay
"High quality accommodation in a very quiet area but ideally located Would definitely recommend"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2022

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Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
4 out of 5
The Lodge, Kendal Road, Windermere, England, LA23 3EW
Stay at this 4-star golf aparthotel in Windermere. Enjoy free WiFi, a health club and on-site parking. Our guests praise the bathrooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (39 reviews)
50th birthday celebration
"I rang the day before to see if we could come early as we were celebrating a birthday and they said yes . On arrival they had put a birthday card and bucks fizz in the apprtment. They were so helpfull and kind x"

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2022

Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
Aarons Place
Aarons Place
3.5 out of 5
Windermere, England
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Windermere. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a kitchen. Popular attractions Old Laundry Theatre and World of Beatrix Potter ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
Lovely apartment in heart of bowness
"Lovely little ground floor apartment with good sized off street parking right in the heart of bowness. Overall cleanliness of the accommodation was very good with basic cleaning materials provided. it had all the mod cons provided and would definitely use again"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2022

Aarons Place
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