If you are planning a visit to the Lake District, make sure you enjoy the attractions of Windermere.
Known for its natural beauty, its stunning scenery and its incredible lake, Windermere is a king among Lake District destinations.
Majestic mountain backdrops and rolling hills provide perfect terrain for walkers, hikers and ramblers who come to enjoy this special part of the Lake District.
Whether you want to enjoy the great outdoors, sail across the lake on a Windermere cruise or chill out in your own spa room with hot tub, you will find plenty of things to do.
Not only does Windermere offer a wide choice of outdoor activities, but you can also drink you way around the real ale pubs, eat your way around the bistros, gastro bars and cafes and soak away your troubles in a spa hotel.
Some hotels in Windermere offer hot tub suites with mood lighting, separate cinema rooms, separate spa rooms and four poster beds – perfect for a romantic weekend or a midweek break. If you are celebrating a special occasion in Windermere, such as a birthday or wedding, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury accommodation near the lake.
The Lakes Aquarium is a popular attraction for all ages. Situated on the southern shore of Windermere, the award-winning Lakes Aquarium is popular with visitors of all ages, and you can enjoy a re-created trip below Windermere, the Seashore Discovery Zone, the Virtual Dive Bell, the Over Lake Tank and much more.
Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, is a great place to visit for all the family. With interactive exhibitions, an adventure playground, a café, shop and information centre, plus direct access to the lake from the gardens, this is a great day out for all the family. It is well worth visiting Brockhole just to enjoy the stunning gardens, and the views down to Windermere.
Book yourself onto a steamer from Bowness Bay, which run all year round. You can either cruise directly across the river, or stop off at some of the attractions between Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside. Enjoy a relaxing sail across Windermere, or buy an all-day ticket which will allow you to hop on and off the boat where you choose. Many trippers take a picnic, and combine a boat trip with a stroll around the shore of England´s biggest lake.
Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House is one of the major attractions near Windermere. Visitors can enjoy stunning views over the lake from the gardens, and soak up the peaceful atmosphere in the house itself, which was built between 1898 and 1900, and designed by M H Baillie Scott. Blackwell was originally built as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, owner of the Manchester Brewery.
Original features ensure Blackwell retains much of its original charm. Several rooms are used as galleries, and the gardens offer a picturesque terrace bordered by flowers where visitors can enjoy a bite to eat and take in the incredible views.