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Mason's Arms

Three miles east near Bowlands Bridge, the marvellous Mason's Arms is a local secret. The rafters, flagstones and cast-iron range haven't changed in centuries, and the patio has to-die-for views across fields and fe…
Historic Building in Windermere & Around

Blackwell House

Two miles south of Bowness on the B5360, Blackwell House is a glorious example of the 19th-century Arts and Crafts movement, which championed handmade goods and craftsmanship over the mass-produced mentality of the …
Lake in Windermere & Around

Windermere & the Islands

Like many places in Cumbria, Windermere gets its name from the old Norse, Vinandr mere (Vinandr's lake; so Lake Windermere is actually a tautology). Encompassing 5.7 sq miles between Ambleside and Newby Bridge, the …
Museum in Windermere & Around

Lakeland Motor Museum

Two miles south of Newby Bridge on the A590, this car museum houses a wonderful collection of antique cars: classic (Minis, Austin Healeys, MGs), sporty (DeLoreans, Audi Quattros, Aston Martins) and downright odd (S…
Historic Site in Windermere & Around

Wray Castle

An impressive sight with its turrets and battlements, this mock-Gothic castle was built in 1840 for James Dawson, a retired doctor from Liverpool, but it has been owned by the National Trust since 1929. Though the i…
Aquarium in Windermere & Around

Lakes Aquarium

At the southern end of the lake near Newby Bridge, this aquarium explores a range of underwater habitats from tropical Africa through to Morecambe Bay. Windermere Lake Cruises and the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Rai…
Heritage Railway in Windermere & Around

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Originally built to carry ore and timber to the ports at Ulverston and Barrow, these vintage steam trains puff their way between Haverthwaite, near Ulverston, and Newby Bridge and Lakeside. There are five to seven t…
Pub Food in Windermere & Around

Brown Horse Inn

Three miles from Windermere in Winster, the Brown Horse is one of Windermere's top dining pubs. Produce is sourced from the Brown Horse Estate, furnishing the chefs with meat and game such as venison, spring lamb an…
Seafood in Windermere & Around

Hooked

Seafood might not be something you immediately think of when deciding what to eat in Windermere, but Paul White's first-class fish restaurant is well worth considering. He likes to keep things classic: hake with Med…
Pub Food in Windermere & Around

Angel Inn

This smart gastropub sits atop a grassy knoll near the Bowness shoreline and offers superior pub grub: think deli boards and Thai chicken supreme. Arrive early if you want to bag a table on the lawn – the lake views…