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Things to Do in Windermere and Bowness

If you can drag yourself away from your suite, our luxury hotel in Windermere is a really great place to stay to explore the Lake District.

If you don't want to venture too far from Windermere Suites, the village is only a two minute walk. Alternatively, Bowness is just a stroll down the hill. Both have a great selection of shops, restaurants, pubs, bars and bistros.

What's more, there are plenty of fantastic walks in the surrounding area without even having to get in the car, such as Orrest Head from where Alfred Wainwright first saw the Lake District fells.

The town of Bowness sits on the shores of Lake Windermere and is an easy walk away. Here you can hire a boat and spend a leisurely few hours on the lake or visit the Beatrix Potter Attraction. Or you could take one of the Lake Cruises from the pier in Bowness and visit Ambleside or Lakeside. At Lakeside you can venture a little further and travel on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway. Or you could take a look around the Aquarium of the Lakes.

There really is no end to the attractions close by, and something for all tastes, all within easy reach either on foot or by car.

Here's just a few ideas for your stay in the Lake District:-

  • The Beatrix Potter Attraction - Bowness
  • Hill Top, Near Sawrey - former home of Beatrix Potter
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery - Hawkshead
  • Windermere Lake Cruises - Bowness
  • Windermere Steamboats & Museum
  • Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole
  • Orrest Head - Windermere
  • Townend, Troutbeck - 17th century statesman farmers house
  • Rydal Mount & Gardens, near Ambleside
  • Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway
  • The Aquarium of the Lakes - Lakeside
  • William Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, Grasmere
  • The Ruskin Motor Museum, Coniston
  • Sizergh Castle & Garden, nr Kendal
  • Low Sizergh Barn, Farm Shop, Tea Rooms & Craft Gallery nr Kendal
  • Stott Park Bobbin Mill
  • Fell Foot Park
  • Holker Hall, Gardens & Lakeland Motor Museum
  • Rheged, The village in the Hill, near Penrith & Helly Hansen
  • South Lakes Wild Animal Park - Dalton
  • National Mountaineering Exhibition
  • Trotters World of Animals, Keswick
  • Honister Slate Mine
  • Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
  • Muncaster Castle & Owl Centre
  • Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
  • Acorn Bank Garden & Watermill
  • Wordsworth House

But if you want to find some peace and quiet the stunning countryside of the Lake District is only a short distance away. Windermere town and adjoining town of Bowness have taken place as one of the most popular tourist centres in the Lake District. Keswick, Dalton in Furness and Kendal are easily reached by car, as are Penrith, Ambleside, LakesideGrasmere, Hawkshead, Coniston, Cartmel and Patterdale. So you can see for yourself the places behind the names of our suites.