The Towns of the English Lake District

Posted by - September 12, 2013 | Category: Contributing Author

Scenic, relaxing, and filled with interesting attractions, the towns of the English Lake District offer an incredible holiday experience. Nowhere else in England is it so easy to escape city life and enjoy the wonderful experiences on offer in the countryside.

Known for its grey limestone houses, Kendal is a charming holiday destination.

Known for its grey limestone houses, Kendal is a charming holiday destination.

From tourist centres to quiet settlements, the towns of the English Lake District are all uniquely special. Read on to discover five of the region’s finest towns.


Windermere, and the adjoining town of Bowness-on-Windermere, form the centre of the Lake District’s tourism industry. Despite the huge crowds that descend upon Windermere every year, the twin towns have maintained a ‘small town’ feel.

Home to some of the Lake District’s most popular tourist attractions, Windermere is a rewarding destination that’s a great choice for families. The tow is connected with Manchester by rail, with trains arriving at the Windermere Railway Station.


A charming market town of just under 5,000 people, Keswick is located to the north of Derwentwater. Known for its Saturday Market, the town is a favourite of visitors to the Lake District and locals alike.

While Windermere is undoubtedly the Lake District’s tourism capital, it’s Keswick that boasts many of the region’s top cultural events. The town hosts a film festival every year, as well as annual beer and jazz festivals.


Located at the top of Lake Windermere, Ambleside is a quiet alternative to nearby towns that’s quickly becoming a local favourite. Home some of the Lake District’s best food, the town is also a short hop from William Wordsworth’s house at Rydal Mount.


Known for its charming grey limestone buildings, Kendal is one of the Lake District’s most picturesque destinations. The ruins of Kendal Castle and the remarkable Holy Trinity Church make it an excellent destination for visitors interested in history.

As well as its beautiful architecture and fascinating history, Kendal is renowned as a hotspot for English sweets. The famous Kendal mint cake – one of Britain’s favourite energy-packed sweets – is made by three small companies located in Kendal. 


One of the Lake District’s best destinations for hill walkers, Coniston is a quiet and charming town. Despite being far smaller than most Lake District towns, Coniston has an incredible amount to offer for lovers of the outdoors.

From Grizedale Forest to the beautiful Furness Fells, the walking trails and scenic features around Coniston are some of the finest in the Lake District National Park. 

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