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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

Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Newby Bridge Road, Windermere, England
The price is CA $179 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 22

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Windermere, Winster Valley, and Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House. World of Beatrix Potter ...

4/5Very Good! (448 reviews)

"Views were lovely, our room was a bit disappointing with two singles pushed together and the mattresses were uncomfortable but the staff were very welcoming and helpful. The restaurants evening meals were astounding and the spa amenities were a lovely little touch to help wind down."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2021

Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
Low Wood Bay
Low Wood Bay
4 out of 5
Low Wood Bay, Ambleside Road, Windermere, England
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Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre and Lake Windermere. Ambleside Pier and Townend are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (304 reviews)

"location, location, location! As two elderly, including one very disabled, people we were well looked after, the staff were really helpful."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

Low Wood Bay
The Wild Boar
The Wild Boar
5 out of 5
Crook Road, Windermere, England
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Situated in a rural location, this luxury inn is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lyth Valley and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Windermere and World of Beatrix Potter. Windermere ...

4.3/5Excellent! (149 reviews)
Great break

"Great place to stay. Excellent restaurant and very relaxing atmosphere. Open fires. You must try the boar pale ale too. Only point I would make is that it’s not stated on this website that parking is chargeable and you have no choice as narrow lanes etc Forced charge so should be disclosed ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 28, 2020

The Wild Boar
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Vacation Rentals in Windermere

Kotel Windermere
Kotel Windermere
4.5 out of 5
Lake road, Windermere, England
The price is CA $331 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15

Situated in Windermere, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Laundry Theatre, Lake Windermere, and World of Beatrix Potter. Lyth Valley and Bowness ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (42 reviews)

"Extremely clean but the bed was slightly uncomfortable. Very nice hotel."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 10, 2020

Kotel Windermere
Cherry Trees
Cherry Trees
3.5 out of 5
Windy Hall Road, Crook Road, Windermere, England

Situated in Windermere, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Windermere and World of Beatrix Potter. Old Laundry Theatre and Bowness Pier are ...

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Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
4 out of 5
The Lodge, Kendal Road, Windermere, England

Situated on a lake, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Windermere and World of Beatrix Potter. Windermere Golf Club and Brockhole - the Lake ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (29 reviews)
Happy stay at Hapimag

"On arrival the check in staff were very welcoming and helpful. The apartmenthad been meticulously clean....clearly Covid aware. The apartment was lovely and porbably better than described. An easy 10 minute walk in to town for great restaurants, bars, shops and sightseeing."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 24, 2020

Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
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