Kendal is a charming yet contemporary market town in Cumbria. With a beautiful backdrop of Lakeland fells, it’s known as ‘the gateway to the Lakes’. A historic spot, it is definitely desirable with a capital D.
Countryside, a bustling arts scene, quirky cafes and restaurants make it a great place to live. There are many styles of property to choose from: weekend flats and boltholes to impressive Edwardian villas and traditional, Cumbrian stone houses.
Mainline train links connect Oxenholme, Penrith and Carilise with London and Glasgow. Local trains call at Kendal, Staveley and Windermere.
The A66 and the A685 link Kendal with the North East. A straightforward, scenic drive will bring you to this pretty market town. A day out in the car means you can explore more of what the Lake District has to offer.
Kendal is a great spot in Cumbria for a mix of boutique and high street shopping. It boats the lovely gift shops, galleries and sports stores you might find in many other Lake District locations, but it has a luxury fashion and high street offering too. It’s home to one of our favourite places to shop, relax and be inspired – Jules B. And with separate stores for their womenswear, menswear and lifestyle offering, it means you can really pinpoint what you’re looking for, browsing the shop’s gorgeous, seasonal products. The luxurious ladieswear and menswear stores showcase current, contemporary brands, while the third Jules B store in the town has a more relaxed feel – combining high end fashion brands with stylish homeware and accessories. The Zen store is a little gem in itself. Sitting in the market square, the beautiful four-storey stone building houses fashion, lifestyle products and interior design pieces to satisfy a very particular type of woman who has been shopping at Jules B for many years. It’s for the woman who knows her brands, knows exactly what she’s looking for and can embrace the hygge lifestyle. Brands include Oska, Grizas, Ralston, Cream and Xenia.
If you’re looking to hit the high street shops, Westmorland Shopping Centre is your best bet – with all the every day essentials including Topshop, Argos and Superdrug. Beales department store is great for finding everything in one place, from women’s, men’s and kid’s fashion to homeware, gifts, beauty and furniture. We love White Stuff on Finkle Street for country-chic outerwear and cosy nightwear, and A Family Affair for all your bridal buys. Dinky Shoes is the place for footwear for little ones and 1657 Chocolate House is a haven for people with a sweet tooth. Go here if you’re looking for something to take home for a loved one – or pop to Youdells Art shop for something unique to take away with you for memories.
FOOD & DRINK
If you’re a foodie you’ll love Kendal for its diverse offering and its top class cuisine. There’s something for every meal, every taste and every occasion.
Go to Babaganoush for a bit of breakfast and a hot drink. It’s a small cafe with a big heart – the perfect place to pick up a freshly made pastry, a sweet treat and a coffee. The cafe culture is thriving here and a new Turkish treat has popped up in town. Café Olive offers sumptuous food with an authentic twist. It’s something unique and there’s a vibe inside that makes you want to cosy up and spend the day people watching out the window.
Head to The Moon Highgate for quality food in a comfortable, relaxed setting. Go here for fine dining and to sample some of the best of Cumbrian produce that changes with the seasons.
For an Italian feast, visit Paulo Giannis, an independent restaurant in the heart of the market town, but with a contemporary, city-chic feel about the place. Paulo Giannis has an adjoining wine bar on two floors, meaning you can top your night off with an Italian wine tipple post-dinner.
For something a little exotic, go to Jintana Thai on Highgate. A relaxed, friendly environment where diners can enjoy freshly prepared and authentic Thai cuisine.
If you’re looking for somewhere for sociable food and to soak up the atmosphere with a quirky cocktail in hand, Slate is the place to be. Beautifully prepared beverages, a stunning wine list and tasty tapas to pick at while your socialise.
This beautiful market town is situated in one of the most picturesque parts of the country, making it the perfect base for walkers and sightseers who wish to explore the delights of the town centre as well as its surrounding hills and rolling countryside.
For a scenic walk overlooking the town, take a pretty woodland walk and head for the heights of Kendal Fell. A short stroll over the fringes of Kendal Golf Course and along a number of paths will bring you to the ‘Heights’, where you can enjoy views over the town centre and beyond.
A ride in the car will bring you to Sizergh Castle, a 1,600-acre estate nestled within a lush, agricultural landscape. A whole host of walks and impressive viewpoints surround this enchanting location where you’ll feel worlds away with everything in your view. A great spot to snap away and make photographic memories to last a lifetime.
Lisa Jackson is the general manager of Jules B Ladieswear and the Zen lifestyle store in Kendal. Lisa has been with Jules B for nine years and doesn’t knows her stuff when it comes to living the luxe life in this Cumbrian market town.
Three good things about living here >>
1. The views over the town and the fells from Kendal Castle are stunning and there are clear paths for walks around the castle. Good one for the kids (and big kids!) to re-live a bit of medieval history in a beautiful setting!
2. Kendal has some fabulous bars and restaurants (you’ve earned yourself a pint after that walk up to the castle) – offering a wide choice of international cuisine including Thai, Mexican and Italian. All the bars and restaurants are very welcoming and most are family friendly.
3. The accessibility to the Lakes and fells. So that wonder up to the Castle wasn’t hard enough you say? Jump in the car and drive over to Scout Scar and take in some of the best views in the Lake District. On a clear day, you get an incredible view of at least 100 Lake District fells and a full 180 degree view all the way from Morecombe right across the Lyth Valley. The ascent is not too taxing, but you gain about 700 feet in altitude and it does get a tad windy up there!
Three places to take visitors >>
1. Masons Yard for Wine Wednesday! This restaurant is newly opened and is absolutely fabulous. The bar offers a wide selection of gins and wines and the restaurant offers a seasonal menu and a children’s menu.
2. Go for a walk along the River Kent. The path snakes its way along the river through some beautiful gardens, eventually leading to K Village outlet centre, where you can grab a coffee and head back into town.
3. The Riverside Spa on a rainy day. You can get a day pass and relax in the pool, steam room and sauna, or use the excellent facilities in the state of the art gym. The Riverside Hotel also boasts a beautiful bar terrace where you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy the lovely river views.
An ‘in-the-know’ secret >>
We get many celebrities passing through Kendal as they make their way up to the Lake District for their holidays, including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Steve Backshall and Mr David Hasselhoff. Yes, the Hoff has been to Kendal! Keep your eyes peeled, who knows you might see…