Get to Know: Kendal

5 June 2017

Kendal is a beautiful town filled with history and culture and provides a great town to visit while enjoying a break with Mill House Cottages. So, if you’re not familiar with this lovely town, why not get to know it before you visit so you can take full advantage of everything it has to offer?

The History of Kendal

This town has a rich history that dates back to the Roman empire. A Roman fort was built about 2 miles south of the town centre in AD 90. The town is listed in the 11th-century Domesday book as Cherchebi, and not long after this, construction on the early castle now known as Kendal Castle began.

The town was important in terms of its location in relation to Scotland, providing a tactical place from which to defend England. However, this also made the people of Kendal particularly vulnerable to attacks from the marauding Scots!

Historic Roman Remains in KendalKendal Today

Today, this marvellous destination provides an excellent location from which to discover some of the most beautiful areas of the country – The Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. In fact, Kendal is known as ‘The Gateway to The Lakes’.

With a thriving town, there is plenty going on in it for all ages, meaning that it has become a popular part of the tourist industry in the surrounding area.

Notable Residents

Kendal has been home to many famous faces over the years, including everyone from David Starkey to Alfred Wainwright. These days, the most famous resident of the town is probably the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron.

Things to Do

If you’re a history buff, you will love visiting this town. With everything from castles to museums, this town is full of historic things to see and do.

There are only ruins left of Kendal Castle which sits just outside the town centre, but it is fascinating to explore the site from which the town was once defended.

You can find out more about the story of Kendal Castle and other historical elements of the town at Kendal Museum which is located particularly close to the train station. The museum features the Kendal and Westmorland Gallery as well as the World Wildlife Gallery, so will keep you and the family entertained for the day.

The town can also provide a great day out for avid shoppers who will be able to find a huge variety of shops within the town.

Our cottages can provide the perfect base from which to explore and get to know the village of Kendal. You can take a closer at the cottages we offer on our website where you can check their availability.

If you would like to find out more about any of our cottages, or would just like to speak to a member of our team about your booking, make sure to get in touch by calling us on 01524 276500, emailing us at [email protected] or by filling out our enquiry form and we will be more than happy to help.


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