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Best things to do in Cumbria

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.

“The Lake District’s natural beauty and abundant wildlife inspired Beatrix Potter to write her much-loved stories. Come and explore this wonderful landscape where the tales are brought to life.”
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Boat or Ferry
“Cruise aboard a large or small boat along the length of the lake. Tickets can be combined with local buses. Also offer rowing boat and small self-drive motor boat hire.”
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Art Gallery
“Lovely café, fabulous arts and craft movement house, lake view gardens. One of my fav places to pop in for coffee. ”
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Tourist Information Center
“Activity centre run by the National Park Authority a short drive towards Ambleside. A host of activities including a treetop trek and treetop nets, kayak and boat hire, archery, mini golf and bike hire. It is also a stop on the cruises offered by Windermere Lake Cruises.”
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Coffee Shop
“A trip to Windermere should include a visit to this award winning cafe. Good food, good coffee, good cakes and the artwork on the walls is by Flo!”
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Natural Feature
“Rent a boat and take your family out on the lake to enjoy the peace in private!”
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“The train station is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive away and the 599 bus can be caught from the end of Beresford Road up to Windermere. Buses run from the train station; 505 - Windermere, Ambleside, Hawkshead to Conniston 516 - Windermere, Ambleside to Dungeon Ghyll 555 - Lancaster, Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, Keswick 599 - Windermere to Ambleside ( and Grasmere in the summer) ”
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Beer Bar
“Great selection of ales, fabulous decor and only 50 yards away from Puddleduck.”
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Italian Restaurant
“Great Pizza and European style service, great to sit out on a warm night to eat pizza and drink cocktails. Also does breakfast, brunch and lunch.”
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“The Fizzy Tarté, Cocktails, Champagne & Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea In the heart of the Lake District Served in a stylish but equally elegant setting, Afternoon Tea at The Fizzy Tarté can be a traditional or contemporary affair, depending on your preference. Furthermore, whether you desire a classic tea service, or something a little more indulgent, The Fizzy Tarté can oblige with a choice of 3 Afternoon Tea options. Fizzy Tarté Cocktails Our expert mixologists are always experimenting to create delectably decadent mixed drinks and cocktails for Fizzy Tarté customers. In our extensive menu you will find the usual favourites, signature concoctions, as well as exotic adaptations of the renow”
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Point of Interest
“Incredible views of lake Windermere and only a 20 minute walk to the top ftom the front door of Puddleduck cottage. ”
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“We love it for it's chilled atmosphere. Its great on a rainy day if you fancy sitting in front of the fire with a glass of wine. It also has the best beer garden during the summer. It stays sunny until the sunset. You will definitely see us in there during in the summer. ”
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Home Goods Store
“Lakeland is a brilliant shop full of quality, innovative kitchenware and products. Well worth spending a few hours in and has a great cafe too. Literally across the road from Windermere train station.”
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“Lounge Bar Offering the best of any Lake District pub in the area, with fantastic drinks, delicious food and a live music throughout the week. The Restaurant Dine in style in our Restaurant. A unique restaurant located in the heart of Bowness. Offer food 7 days a week including an unmissable Sunday Lunch. The 3rd Floor The Best DJs • Booth Packages • Private Venue Hire • Cocktail Masterclasses • Late lounge • Live Music • The place to party • Come together at Baha ”
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“International, French Style Cuisine. Around the corner from the guest house”
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Bicycle Store
“Cycle hire in Windermere adjacent to the station. Have mountain bikes, hybrids and road bikes. Also have a tandem if you wish. Ask your hosts for suggested routes or we may be able to guide you”
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