Destination guide

Kick back in a lodge in the quaint market town of Kendal

Kendal is a quaint market town to the southeast of Lake District proper, and it may be the perfect place to stage your holiday experience. After all, Kendal is home to the famous Kendal mint cake. You can also learn about local history at the Kendal Museum and by visiting landmarks like Kendal Castle. The Museum of Lakeland Life can provide valuable insight into what the Lake District is like from a farmer's perspective. Among its streets and around the outskirts, you'll find a varied selection of Lake District lodges suitable for all sorts of travellers.


Historical sites near your Kendal holiday rental

Kendal’s history dates back thousands of years to the Roman occupation, and relics from times past are still available for a visit today. The most popular historical attraction is the ruins of Kendal Castle. Built in the 12th century, this medieval castle was once the crowning achievement of the area. It has since fallen to pieces, but visitors are free to explore the ruins where much of the stonework is still in good condition. For a more intact structure, you can stop by Sizergh Castle. While it’s not as big as many other castles, it’s still in great condition, and you’re free to tour the inside along with the surrounding gardens. Additionally, you can visit the Kendal Parish Church and see its nave that’s been standing for 800 years.


Activities and attractions in and around Kendal

Are you hoping to discover top things to see and do during your stay? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Kendal a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Lakeland Maze Farm Park (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Windermere Golf Club (6.3 mi / 10.2 km)
  • Lakes Aqaurium (9 mi / 14.5 km)
  • Lakeland Wildlife Oasis Park (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Cinderbarrow Miniature Railway (10.3 mi / 16.6 km)
  • Go Ape Grizedale (11.2 mi / 17.9 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventure by Kendal villa rentals

If you’re looking for some fun outside near Kendal villa rentals, you won’t have to look far. You can test your wits and enjoy a walk with a visit to the Lakeland Maze Farm Park. The whole family can enjoy the challenging maze along with the animal barn and outdoor play area. For a more traditional outdoor experience, you can visit the Lake District National Park. Home to expansive grassy fields and large lakes, it provides all of the walking and fishing opportunities you’ll need. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could hike the nearby Kentmere Horseshoe mountains. The walk can be strenuous at times, but the views from the peak are well worth the effort.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Kendal

Travellers enjoy Kendal for its lakeside setting and riverfront. Whether you're an active traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Kendal is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are a few of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Lyth Valley (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Winster Valley (6.9 mi / 11.1 km)
  • Fell Foot Park (8.9 mi / 14.4 km)
  • Lakeland Wildlife Oasis Park (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Wansfell Pike (10.5 mi / 16.8 km)
  • Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve (11.1 mi / 17.8 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Kendal

The nearest airport is in Carlisle (CAX), located 42.7 mi (68.7 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Kendal Station, Kendal Oxenholme Station and Burneside Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How to get around

Transport to Kendal holiday homes

To enjoy holiday homes in Kendal, you’ll have to get there first. The Barrow-in-Furness local airport is just 35 miles away while the closest international airport is in Blackpool. If you’re already in the UK, the easiest way to travel is by train. The Kendal railway station connects to numerous communities in the surrounding area such as Lancaster and Windermere. You can always self-drive since the town is just 8 miles out from the M6 motorway. There’s also a coach service that travels quite far with one daily service going to London. Once you’re in town, there’s a bus service that can get you around, but it’s also fairly navigable with a bike or on foot.

Food & drink 

Signature food and drink near Kendal holiday cottages

Most towns in Cumbria seem to have their own unique delicacy, and Kendal is no different. This town is home to the famous Kendal mint cake. It’s a small confection flavoured with peppermint that’s glucose-based. Often coated in chocolate, this treat is not only delicious but serves as an energy booster as well. Because of that, it has become quite popular with hikers and mountaineers all around the world. Additionally, you can enjoy Damson Gin, one of the most popular drinks in town. It’s made from Westmorland damson, which is found in the valleys right outside of town. While technically part of the plum family, damson is most similar to a prune creating a unique taste that outclasses its competition.

How many holiday rentals are available around Kendal?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,804 holiday lettings around Kendal. From 1,299 cabins to 1,299 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Kendal? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Kendal. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Kendal Oxenholme Station: 1,849 holiday lettings
  • Kendal Castle: 1,882 holiday lettings
  • Staveley Station: 2,007 holiday lettings
  • Sizergh Castle: 1,861 holiday lettings
  • Lakeland Maze Farm Park: 1,844 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Kendal listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Kendal?

Yes, of course. offers 1,299 Cabins in Kendal. Our other popular types of Kendal holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 1,299 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 302 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 103 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bed & breakfasts and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Kendal?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 157 holiday homes with pool available in Kendal. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.