About Kendal

Home of the famous 'Mint Cake', Kendal, is an Ancient historic market town, situated by the banks of the River Kent, less than a mile from the southern border of the Lake District National Park and only 8 miles from the coast of Morecambe Bay.


The town has a high number of quality hotels, as well as many guest houses and B&B's. Kendal is also within 20 minutes drive to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, making it an ideal base for both walkers and sightseers alike.
Kendal has been called "The Gateway to the Lake District" as the A6 heading to the Lakes passed through the town centre. There is now a bypass that avoids the congestion that can still occur around the one way system!

kendal_church.jpgThe town’s unique blend of history, culture and shopping make it a very popular destination for visitors. There is a museum, modern and historic art and a variety of leisure facilities including a sports centre and a theatre complex, making it attractive for all ages. For shoppers there is now a large pedestrianised area with a mix of High Street names, Shopping Centres, Speciality Shops and a Traditional Market held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Kendal was the largest town in the former County of Westmorland, before it became part of Cumbria. It was a one of the country's main manufacturing towns from the 14th Century until the 19th Century, with many mills on the River Kent.

The town's layout  is characterised by the narrow "yards" and lanes branching from the main street. Many of the buildings are Victorian and constructed in local limestone (giving rise to the term  “the Auld Grey Town”), but there are much older buildings, particularly in the “Yards” for which the town is famous.

There are even the remains of a Norman Castle which overlook the town centre and the town’s history stretches back even further to Roman times.

Kendal is the main administrative town for South Lakeland District Council as well as area offices for Cumbria County Council.

The Kendal Tourist Information Centre has now moved from the Town Hall into the Made in Cumbria shop in Stamongate

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