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Kendal - Sights & Shopping

Ideally situated between Lakes and Dales, on the River Kent is the thriving and vibrant town of Kendal. The town’s motto, "wool is my bread" underlines the importance of the industry that for centuries supported the people of this busy town. On a hill overlooking the town stand the ruins of Kendal Castle, for several generations home to the Parr family whose most famous member was Katherine, Henry VIII’s sixth wife. Kendal’s 13th century Parish Church is one of the widest in the country - surrounded by great places to shop, eat and be entertained.



9.30am (1.5 hours duration) – Visit K Village Outlet Centre. Famous name brands such as Clark’s, K’s, Denby offering great deals at up to 50% off all under cover with riverside restaurant. Designated coach drop off bays are available on Lound Road right outside the Centre where each coach is met and greeted individually by Customer Service staff. Coaches can drive the short distance to the Lakes Leisure, Centre for free secure coach parking capable of accommodating up to thirty coaches. Overnight parking is also available.

11.00am (1.5 hours duration) – Visit Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museum of Lakeland Life. Located in Kirkland, the oldest part of Kendal, Abbot Hall provides an historic setting for an outstanding collection of fine art.

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Winner of the Art Gallery of the Year Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017, Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a Grade 1 listed building with a national reputation for showing contemporary and historical works.



12.30pm (1 hour duration) – Time to break for lunch and sample one of Kendal’s many eating places.

(20 minutes duration) - Re-join coach to travel to Levens Hall.


2.00pm (3 hour duration) – Visit to Levens Hall. An Elizabethan mansion, with superb panelling, plaster work and period furniture and home to the Bagot family. Showcases many paintings and the earliest English patchwork. The world famous topiary gardens were first laid out in 1694 by Monsieur Beaumont.

5.00pm – Depart Levens Hall for home or hotel.


2.00pm (3.5 hours duration) – Visit to Sizergh Castle. Dating from the 14th century, Sizergh Castle, owned by the National Trust has a fine collection of Elizabethan carvings and panelling, fine furniture, portraits and Inlaid Chamber. The beautiful grounds, largely 18th Century have a fine rock garden which includes part of the National Collection of hardy ferns. Lovely colours if visiting in autumn.

5.30pm – Depart Sizergh Castle for home or hotel.

Please note that it advisable that all group visits should pre-book with individual attractions.

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With more than 750 years of history and centuries-old portraits sitting alongside modern family photographs, this medieval house certainly feels lived in; indeed it is still home to the Strickland family.


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Levens Hall is an Elizabethan mansion built around a 13thC Pele tower. The much loved home of the Bagot family, visitors often comment on the warm and friendly atmosphere.


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