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Best things to do in Kendal

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Cinema
“Food, cinema, theatre and garden. Also hosts free summer Sundays... music and bbq in the garden.”
35 locals recommend
Premise
“Interesting local artists and some masters plus special exhibitions e.g. Turner”
12 locals recommend
Café
“Grade 1 listed building with a national reputation for showing contemporary and historical works. Great collection of works by George Romney, who was born in Dalton-in-Furness. Free for under 16's”
11 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Highly recommended by other locals. We have never used the restaurant. Booking essential at weekends in the smmer”
17 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Smsall high end supermarket chain - the Waitrose of The North. Excellent range of foods including local produce. Delightful cafe restaurant downstairs”
10 locals recommend
Establishment
“Built in late 12th Century, is now a ruin, but worth exploring. From here you can get brilliant views over the town”
11 locals recommend
History Museum
“Kendal Museum is a local museum in Kendal, Cumbria, on the edge of the Lake District in northwest England. It was founded in 1796 and includes collections of local archaeology, history, geology and a natural history collection from around the globe.”
9 locals recommend
Café
“More choice of teas and coffees (and cake!) than anyone could ever wish for. Turn left and it’s half way up Highgate on the right. LA9 4ED.”
11 locals recommend
Museum
“Life in the Lake District. Just across from Abbott Hall Art Gallery so a good option on a rainy day.”
8 locals recommend
Premise
“Kendal Castle, probably late 12th Century, is now a ruin, but well worth exploring. From here you can get brilliant views over the town.”
7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Serving really excellent soups and salads plus a hot dish, eat in or take away. Also does nice cake and coffee.”
7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A pub popular with families, serving traditional meals with parking, a beer garden and playground.”
6 locals recommend
Bar
“Great selection of beer in the up and coming arty Castle Mills Yard. Street food once a month.”
6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Kendal’s oldest inhabited building, now a fine dining restaurant run by Kendal College. It’s the best food at a lower price than you’d normally pay for something this upmarket. You can have a free tour of the building too. It’s 10-15minutes walk away but there are plenty of pubs to break up the journey, like Mason’s Arms! Walk down Stramongate and cross over the river. It’s on Wildman Street. LA9 6EN.”
7 locals recommend
Café
“Sessions for beginners to experts, there are many different climbing and bouldering walls, lessons are available to book, and in particular the ‘Crazy Climb’ is a big hit with local kids!”
6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Excellent food and service with attention to detail. The menu changes regularly and you'll be spoilt for choice. There is also an excellent vegetarian menu and vegan options as well.”
5 locals recommend