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  • Member of Cumbria Tourism
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Museum, £3-£7.50

Visitors exploring the Quaker Tapestry

Visitors exploring the Quaker Tapestry

Visitors exploring the Quaker Tapestry



The Quaker Tapestry Museum is known around the world because it is home to an international tapestry project, 77 panels tell the story of Quakers through the ages.

"One of the ‘six best tapestries’ to see", according to world traveller and writer Alexander McCall Smith.

The visual impact and beauty of the award winning Quaker Tapestry, a celebration of over 350 years of social history, inspires all those who visit. Like a modern Bayeux Tapestry in pieces, this internationally created exhibition includes interactive displays, films, personal audio guides, gift shop, garden and Cafe.

Within our beautiful 19 C Friends Meeting House, the exhibition is professionally designed to give easy step-free access to wheelchair users and caters for all those with disabilities. Groups and school parties are welcome. Embroidery workshops and courses are also held here at the museum in Kendal and for groups in other parts of the country.

An interactive exhibition Money, Shoes, Chocolate and all that! Provides an insight into why two Kendal banks opened for business on the same day, how chocolate became a force for good, and the reason for over a thousand people to gather for a ‘fashionable Kendal wedding’ in 1874, according to a Westmorland Gazette report.

It’s brought to life with mini film clips using actors, storytelling and hands-on activities for our younger visitors. You will also discover a local businessman whose legacy lives on 300 years later and how the people behind Castle Mills, Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd, Isaac Braithwaite’s and K Shoes, did much to improve the lives of the townspeople. You can even find a number of lovely chocolatey things on offer in the café.

The Friends' Meeting House is a grade II* listed building, designed and built in 1816 by Francis Webster, and built on a site that has been used for Quaker worship for 300 years. It is regarded as one of the finest Georgian buildings in Cumbria.

Opening details

4 March – 28 November 2019
March: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 (10am) to 16:00 (4pm) last admission 15:00 (3pm)
April to October: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 (10am) to 17:00 (5pm) last admission 16:00 (4pm)
November: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 (10am) to 16:00 (4pm) last admission 15:00 (3pm)
Please phone for details or check our website.


Adult £7.50
Adult with small child (0-4 years) £3.00
Accompanied under 18s Go Free* *max 2 under 18s per full paying adult *additional under 18s £2.00 per person.
Students 18 and over in full-time education £4.00.
Discounts for pre-booked groups of 15 or more.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Parking, Shop mobility scooter available, Cafe, Garden, Toilets

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Friends Meeting House,


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Map reference: SD 517927  Lat: 54.32850 Long: -2.74299

Close to Kendal town centre rail and bus stations, overlooking the river Kent with entrances on New Road and Stramongate.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Kendal station

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu


We have a mobility scooter available for use free of charge which can access most areas.

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