This blog post comes to us from England by way of Paul Johnson, who owns a riverside vacation rental apartment in Kendal. Paul is a tourism professional and a regular contributor to aluxurytravelblog.com, aardvarktravel.net, and dedicate.co.uk.
If you’re looking for the most popular tourist destination in England outside of London, look no further than the Lake District National Park. Tucked away in the north-west of the country, just short of the border with Scotland, this is one of the most scenic parts of Britain and home to England’s highest mountain (Scafell Pike) and longest lake (Windermere). A few miles from Windermere, you will find the old market town of Kendal, sitting on the edge the Lake District National Park boundary. Using Kendal as a base, you get the best of both worlds because you are in fact sandwiched between two National Parks – the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.
Kendal itself is traditional market town full of history and interest, with plenty of restaurants, bars and other forms of entertainment. It is home to Kendal Castle where Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife, lived before moving to London. It is also home to Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal Museum, the Quaker Tapestry Museum, and the Brewery Arts Centre, which has its own cinema and a full programme of events. Events in the town are varied, ranging from the International Kendal Mountain Film Festival to the Kendal Torchlight Procession, both of which are regular annual events.
Next time you’re visiting England, understand that there’s much more to it than just London. There are some very beautiful areas such as the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales that too many visitors overlook, and basing yourself in Kendal would put you perfectly positioned to enjoy them both.
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