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WindermereUnited Kingdom

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 kilometers) 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 meters) deep and just less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) 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-kilometer) journey. London is 280 miles (450 kilometers) 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.

Top hotels in Windermere

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Low Wood Bay
Low Wood Bay
4 out of 5
Low Wood Bay, Ambleside Road, Windermere, England
The price is Rs19,090 per night

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre and Lake Windermere. Ambleside Pier and Townend are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (258 reviews)

"Very nice hotel in beautiful surroundings staff nice and friendly was a bit surprised you had to pay to park your car per day"…"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2020

Low Wood Bay
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
23 Church Street, Windermere, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs21,258 per night

This family-friendly Windermere hotel is located on a lake, within a 5-minute walk of Bowness Pier, Lake Windermere and World of Beatrix Potter. Lyth Valley ...

4.1/5Very Good! (763 reviews)
Misleading Lack of hotel car Parking

"The hotel was in an excellent position near the Lake Windermere but the Hotels.Com website said there was parking available. However this was at a cost of £20 per night for off site parking. I would not have booked the stay if I had known this"…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Cragwood Country House Hotel
Cragwood Country House Hotel
4 out of 5
Ambleside Road, Windermere, England
The price is Rs13,892 per night

Situated in Windermere, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre and Lake Windermere. Wray Castle and Townend ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (145 reviews)

"We had a wonderful stay at the Cragwood Country House Hotel - the rooms were lovely and very comfortable. The staff were simply amazing and super helpful...a big thank you to Helen, Tracy, Nick and Yannis for making our stay super-fantastic."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

Cragwood Country House Hotel

Popular places to visit in Windermere

World of Beatrix Potter
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World of Beatrix Potter

4.5/5(147 reviews)

Bring your childhood dreams to life at the complex devoted to the children’s books and other works at this local wonderland.

Bowness Pier
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Bowness Pier

4.5/5(158 reviews)

Find out about the history of Bowness-on-Windermere when you spend time at Bowness Pier. Visit the area's spas or amble around its lakeside.

Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre
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Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre

4.5/5(61 reviews)

Traverse the largest lake in England and relish the relaxed atmosphere at this base equipped with rental equipment and activities for the family.

Windermere Golf Club
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Windermere Golf Club

Enjoy a round of golf in Windermere at Windermere Golf Club. Amble around this relaxing area's lakeside and enjoy its lively bars.

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
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Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

5/5(1 review)

You can spend an afternoon browsing the exhibits at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House during your trip to Windermere. Visit the spas and lively bars in this relaxing area.

Orrest Head
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Orrest Head

Find out about the history of Windermere when you spend time at Orrest Head. Wander the lakeside and picturesque gardens in the area.

Cities near Windermere

Ambleside showing a small town or village, street scenes and café lifestyle


Kathy Appleby on trover


Bowness-on-Windermere showing street scenes, a small town or village and signage