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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“For those who love the stories and the lady herself. Suitable for children. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Lake cruises, hop on hop off tickets available on Lake Windermere. Office on Lake Shore Bowness on Windermere. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Beautiful Arts and Crafts House on the edge of Lake Windermere. Beautiful to walk around. Views of the lake. Cafe.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Brockhole, situated between Ambleside and Windermere, is the Lake District National Park Authority Visitor Centre. It is set in 30 acres of magnificent terraced gardens and grounds stretching down to the shore of Windermere lake, with splendid views of the surrounding countryside. Take a picnic or there is an expensive cafe. You can take the bus number 555 direct from Kendal bus station. You can also do: * archery * boat hire * kayaking * raft building * brave the cave * mini golf * bike hire * children’s playground * pony rides”
  • 15 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“A trip to Windermere should include a visit to this award winning cafe. Good food, good coffee, good cakes and the artwork on the walls is by Flo!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Most famous Lake in the Lake District. Can travel via bus or train. VERY touristy. Many bars restaurants. Boat trips. Mini golf. Access to lake shore. Limited parking. Beatrix Potter World.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Yep...it’s official, we have the best pub in England! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Over 200 craft beer to chose from and they offer sharing platters, baked Brie etc... it’s a quirky place & a pure delight. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Transportation
“The train station is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive away and the 599 bus can be caught from the end of Beresford Road up to Windermere. Buses run from the train station; 505 - Windermere, Ambleside, Hawkshead to Conniston 516 - Windermere, Ambleside to Dungeon Ghyll 555 - Lancaster, Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, Keswick 599 - Windermere to Ambleside ( and Grasmere in the summer) ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Buses to 555: Kendal - Ambleside - Grasmere - Keswick 6 : Barrow - Dalton - Ulverston - Haverthwaite - Newby Bridge 508 Penrith - Pooley Bridge - Aira Force - Patterdale (Ullswater) 525 Ferry House (on Windermere) - Hill Top (Beatrix Potter) - Hawkshead 755 Heysham - Morecambe - Kendal - Windermere - Bowness 596 Windermere - Newby Bridge - Lakeside - Backbarrow ”
  • 1 local recommends
Italian Restaurant
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“Great Pizza and European style service, great to sit out on a warm night to eat pizza and drink cocktails. Also does breakfast, brunch and lunch.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“The Fizzy Tarté, Cocktails, Champagne & Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea In the heart of the Lake District Served in a stylish but equally elegant setting, Afternoon Tea at The Fizzy Tarté can be a traditional or contemporary affair, depending on your preference. Furthermore, whether you desire a classic tea service, or something a little more indulgent, The Fizzy Tarté can oblige with a choice of 3 Afternoon Tea options. Fizzy Tarté Cocktails Our expert mixologists are always experimenting to create delectably decadent mixed drinks and cocktails for Fizzy Tarté customers. In our extensive menu you will find the usual favourites, signature concoctions, as well as exotic adaptations of the renow”
  • 4 locals recommend
Nature
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“Incredible views of lake Windermere and only a 20 minute walk to the top ftom the front door of Puddleduck cottage. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fabulous modern English food and great seafood dishes. Will cater for gluten free. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Home Goods Store
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“Flagship store for the kitchen and homeware store. Parking. Situated at Windermere bus and railway station. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“We love it for it's chilled atmosphere. Its great on a rainy day if you fancy sitting in front of the fire with a glass of wine. It also has the best beer garden during the summer. It stays sunny until the sunset. You will definitely see us in there during in the summer. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Lounge Bar Offering the best of any Lake District pub in the area, with fantastic drinks, delicious food and a live music throughout the week. The Restaurant Dine in style in our Restaurant. A unique restaurant located in the heart of Bowness. Offer food 7 days a week including an unmissable Sunday Lunch. The 3rd Floor The Best DJs • Booth Packages • Private Venue Hire • Cocktail Masterclasses • Late lounge • Live Music • The place to party • Come together at Baha ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Beer Bar
“Yep...it’s official, we have the best pub in England! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Over 200 craft beer to chose from and they offer sharing platters, baked Brie etc... it’s a quirky place & a pure delight. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Great Pizza and European style service, great to sit out on a warm night to eat pizza and drink cocktails. Also does breakfast, brunch and lunch.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fabulous modern English food and great seafood dishes. Will cater for gluten free. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“We love it for it's chilled atmosphere. Its great on a rainy day if you fancy sitting in front of the fire with a glass of wine. It also has the best beer garden during the summer. It stays sunny until the sunset. You will definitely see us in there during in the summer. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Lounge Bar Offering the best of any Lake District pub in the area, with fantastic drinks, delicious food and a live music throughout the week. The Restaurant Dine in style in our Restaurant. A unique restaurant located in the heart of Bowness. Offer food 7 days a week including an unmissable Sunday Lunch. The 3rd Floor The Best DJs • Booth Packages • Private Venue Hire • Cocktail Masterclasses • Late lounge • Live Music • The place to party • Come together at Baha ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Really nice place chill and have drinks, they also do good food . Dog friendly”
  • 5 locals recommend
English Restaurant
“Interesting modern cuisine brought to you from a Master Chef Professionals contestant. Book in advance as it gets busy.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing food in this gastro pub. If you want to push the boat out, their chateaubriand steak to share is delicious. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

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