WindermereUnited Kingdom

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Visit Windermere

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
Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield
Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield
4 out of 5
Kendal Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, England
Rs9,850
per night
Jan 23 - Jan 24

Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of World of Beatrix Potter and Lake Windermere. Hill Top and Lakeland Motor Museum are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (608 reviews)

"Clean, friendly and beautiful views, would definitely go back!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2020

Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
23 Church Street, Windermere, England
Rs9,271
per night
Jan 29 - Jan 30

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. Hill Top is ...

4.2/5Very Good! (722 reviews)

"It’s a beautiful property with a great view of the lake and nice location."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2020

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Low Wood Bay
Low Wood Bay
4 out of 5
Low Wood Bay, Ambleside Road, Windermere, England
Rs11,941
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (236 reviews)

"It’s a nice hotel in a great location. Thought the bar area would have been a little better"…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Low Wood Bay

Popular things to do in Windermere

World of Beatrix Potter
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World of Beatrix Potter

4.5/5(143 reviews)

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

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

4.5/5(60 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. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Bowness Pier
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Bowness Pier

4.5/5(133 reviews)

Enjoy a stop at Bowness Pier, a landmark worth seeing in Bowness-on-Windermere. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in the area.

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

5/5(1 review)

You can spend time exploring the galleries in Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House in Windermere. Stroll along the lakeside in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.

Orrest Head
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Orrest Head

Enjoy a stop at Orrest Head, a landmark worth seeing in Windermere. Wander the lakeside and picturesque gardens in the area.

Reviews of Windermere

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Bowness-on-Windermere is one of our favourite places and we visits a lot over the year and always try and stay for 3 nights at new year to end the year off

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 4, 2020

Beautiful place to visit. Lots of places to eat and drink with the kids. Reasonable boat trips across Windermere.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 2, 2020

Lovely town with all the Christmas lights.. Easy to walk to.. Plenty of selection for cafes & restaurants.. Short taxi ride or walk to Bowness which offers more bars & shops..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 2, 2020

The hotel is In Bowness-on-windermere, not Windermere itself which is a nearby place. Both Bowness and Windermere are lovely.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 2, 2020

The place is beautiful but The Windermere Hotel needs closing down.

5/5 - Excellent

Martin&Diana

Jan 1, 2020

Walks in Ambleside, Buttermere, Ullswater and Stanley Ghyll recommended.