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Kendal

Kendal, handsomely built in limestone, is a vibrant market town and focal hub alive with arts, events, culture and great shopping in South Lakeland. Historically, Kendal was one of the most important woollen textile centres in the country, producing ‘Kendal Green' and other ‘Kendal cottons' - its numerous yards were once filled with workshops processing cloth, leather and foodstuffs. Kendal was also a centre for shoe making, carpet and snuff manufacture, and synonymous with the production of Kendal Mint Cake; an essential prerequisite for today's explorers and mountaineers.

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The Glen exterior

The Glen

Guest House with 6 rooms, £80-£135 prpnb

The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal

The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal

Hotel with 99 rooms, £121-£211 prpnb

Coachman's Cottage living area

The Old Stables

Self-catering with 3 units, £260-£580 pupw sleeps 1-6

Stonecross Manor Hotel

Stonecross Manor Hotel

Hotel with 30 rooms, £65-£95 pppnb

Sundial House triple bedroom

Sundial House

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £30-£40 pppnb

Glenholme Guest House

Glenholme Guest House

Guest House with 5 rooms, £35 pppnb, £40 prpnb

Hillside Bed & Breakfast

Hillside Bed & Breakfast

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £38-£90 prpnb

Birslack Grange Cottage

Birslack Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £270-£350 pupw sleeps 1-2

Cobblestone Cottage & Wallers Barn

Cobblestone Cottage & Wallers Barn

Self-catering with 2 units, £370-£880 pupw sleeps 6-10

Shaw End Mansion

Shaw End Mansion

Self-catering with 4 units, £285-£530 pupw sleeps 1-6

Bridge House

Bridge House

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £40-£45 pppnb

Ash Meadows Bed & Breakfast

Ash Meadows Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £70-£95 prpnb

Lyndhurst Guest House

Lyndhurst Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 7 rooms, £40-£87 prpnb

Highgate Hotel double room

Highgate Hotel

Bed & Breakfast with 9 rooms, £40-£53 pppnb

Riversleigh Guest House

Riversleigh Guest House

Guest House with 6 rooms, £28-£32 pppnb

The Wild Boar Hotel luxury bedroom

The Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse

Inn with 34 rooms, £125-£165 prpnb

The Lyth Valley Country Inn

The Lyth Valley Country Inn

Hotel with 9 rooms, £150-£300 prpnb

Springwood Camping

Springwood Camping

Glamping with 2 units, £85 pupn sleeps 1-6 , £70 pupw sleeps 1-6

The Villa, Levens

The Villa, Levens

Hotel with 22 rooms, £90 prpnb

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There are a variety of events taking place in and around the Kendal area. From performances at the Brewery Arts Centre to unique art exhibitions, check out what is on during your visit and browse the events of most interest to you.

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Surrounding Areas

River Kent
Lyth Valley
Sizergh Castle
Oxenholme railway

Culture and Heritage

Kendal parish church
Kendal mint cake
Brewery arts centre
Today's bustling market town of Kendal can be traced back to the 8th century, when the settlement of Kirkland was established near a crossing point over the River Kent.

A church was built here which was given to St Mary's Abbey in York, recently founded by William II, and Kirkland became a monastic estate administered from a nearby manor house.

William II also created the Barony of Kendal to secure his northern territories. Kendal's first castle, a wooden motte and bailey, was erected at Castle Howe (SD 513 924) but later replaced by stone-built Kendal Castle on the opposite side of the river.

This 13th-century castle, built on a drumlin, or glacial hill, was the seat of power and administration for the barons of Kendal for over 200 years but on the death of the last baron in 1483 it gradually fell into a ruinous state.

During the medieval period, the market town of Kendal developed to the north of monastic Kirkland , separated by the ancient boundary of the Black Beck. The barons laid out the town with long burgage plots behind the street frontages, accessed through archways.

Over time, these became ‘yards' of industrial activity with numerous workshops for weaving, dyeing, shearing, dry-salting and tanning. Kendal rapidly developed as a trade centre for all manner of local goods, but it was the woollen industry that brought fame and wealth to the town and sustained its economy for over 600 years.

In 1695, over half of Kendal's principal householders were actively involved in textile occupations such as wool combing, weaving, cropping, dyeing and tailoring, with carding, spinning and knitting undertaken by women and children. Evidence of the importance of the wool trade is reflected in Kendal's motto of ‘Pannus mihi panis', ‘Cloth is my bread' and its coat-of-arms featuring teasels for raising the fabric's nap and hooks for securing bales of wool and cloth to packhorses.
 
Visit the Kendal Town website for more information
Kendal Castle

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