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England, Cumbria, Kendal. A view along Highgate in Kendal, past shops and banks towards the Town hall.
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Built from the local limestone, the "Auld Grey Town" of Kendal is the thriving centre for a wide area. It was the birthplace of Henry VIII's sixth wife, Catherine Parr, but was famous for its wool trade well before her day. From the castle, there is a fine view of the town and its hill backdrop. Kendal is also renowned for its Mint Cake, a chocolate-covered delicacy known for its energy-giving qualities.

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Tourist attractions Kendal : Things to see and do

  • Levens Hall and Gardens Interesting

    GB - Kendal LA8 0PD

    Levens Hall is an Elizabethan stately home with a 13C tower. The great hall, with its oak panelling and decorated ceiling, give a foretaste of the engravings and stuccoes in the other rooms. There are some fine Charles II walnut chairs in the dining ..

  • Abbot Hall, an 18C country house, is now occupied by an art gallery with a permanent exhibition of paintings by portraitist George Romney (1734-1802), as well as temporary exhibitions. Another section is dedicated to the writer Arthur Ransome.

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Hotels Kendal

  • The Villa Levens

    The Villa Levens, Kendal Cumbria GB - Levens LA8 8EA

    The Villa Levens is set in Levens, 15 km from Windermere. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. Every room includes a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. All roo..

  • County Hotel

    Station Rd GB - Kendal LA9 6BT

    Set in a former coaching inn, the County Hotel is in the centre of Kendal, just 100 metres from Kendal Railway Station. The hotel offers traditional meals and cooked breakfasts. The bright and airy bedrooms each have a cosy seating area and a privat..

  • The Riverside

    Stramongate Bridge GB - Kendal LA9 6EL

    In Kendal town centre, the Riverside Hotel is a 17th-century building with a state-of-the-art leisure club. Rooms have river views, and Windermere and the Yorkshire Dales are 15 minutes' drive away. Most of the rooms have views of the River Kent. Fe..

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Restaurants Kendal

  • Castle Dairy Comfortable restaurant 

    Wildman St GB - LA9 6EN Kendal

    This delightful Grade I listed building dates back to 1402 and there's a cobbled Roman road running through its centre. It's run by college apprentices, under the eye of an experienced chef. Cooking is skilled, modern and flavoursome.

  • Sawadee Thai Quite comfortable restaurant 

    54 Stramongate GB - LA9 4BD Kendal

    The staff, dressed in authentic Thai silks, provide a very warm welcome at this smart neighbourhood restaurant. The appealing menu offers flavoursome dishes ranging from Tom Yam soup to Som Tam Thai salad and Geng Ba Jungle curry.

  • Newmoon Quite comfortable restaurant 

    129 Highgate GB - LA9 4EN Kendal

    Smart, high street restaurant with ground floor bar, intimate, beamed dining room and a loyal local following. The owner's Turkish heritage is reflected in the menu, which has a strong Mediterranean base; dishes are fresh and colourful.

  • Punch Bowl Inn Traditional and pleasant pubs serving food 

    GB - LA8 8HR Crosthwaite

    Charming 17C inn set in the picturesque Lyth Valley, boasting antiques, cosy fires and exposed wood beams; dine either in the rustic bar or the more formal restaurant. Cooking has a classical base but also features some modern touches; dishes display..

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