Kendal is known as the Gateway to the Lakes and is located easily from junction 36 or 37 of the M6 motorway and 50 miles South of Carlisle. Kendal train station links to Windermere and Oxenholme Station with direct services to Edinburgh, Carlisle, Lancaster, Preston, Manchester, London Euston and Glasgow Central. Kendal bus station provides excellent links to the Lakes and the Furness Peninsular.
Its buildings, mostly constructed with the local grey limestone, have earned it the nickname “the Auld Grey Town” and is also home to Kendal Castle, the former residence of Katherine Parr.
Known largely as centre for tourism, Kendal is only approximately 7 miles away from Windermere and only several miles from the boundary of the Lake District National Park. With a population of approximately 27,000 it offers several primary schools and Kirkbie Kendal and Queen Katherine Secondary Schools.
The town centre boasts a range of cafes, restaurants, shops, banks as well as being home to the renowned Brewery Arts Centre with its cultural art, music and theatre productions.
Kendal also hosts a market every Wednesday and Saturday, along with regular specialist and farmer’s markets offering fresh local produce.
Kendal also has earned a growing reputation as a festival town. The annual MintFest International Festival of Performing Arts, Freerange Comedy Festival and Kendal Mountain Film Festival all draw large crowds. The long-running and hugely popular Torchlight Procession in mid-September again is a popular gathering for young and old alike to enjoy!