The history of Kendal
The popular market town of Kendal is often associated with the climbers’ favourite, Kendal Mint Cake. However, the town also has a fascinating past and is home to many of Cumbria’s finest historical landmarks, museums and exhibitions.
Here are some of Kendal’s top attractions for those looking to learn more about the town’s history and culture:
If you’re planning a visit to Kendal, these historic ruins are well worth exploring. Kendal Castle was built in the late 12th century and is associated with the family of Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII. Not only are there plenty of information boards offering interesting insights into the building’s history, but you can also enjoy panoramic views over the town and surrounding hills.
Kendal Parish Church
Just a short stroll from the town centre is Kendal Parish Church, Cumbria’s largest parish church. This impressive structure dates back to the early 13th century and is home to ‘The Family of Man’, a piece by the renowned Cumbrian sculptor Josefina de Vasconcellos depicting a contemporary refugee camp in the Middle East. The ornate carvings, beautifully decorated ceiling, and even the surrounding landscaped gardens are not to be missed.
The Quaker Tapestry Exhibition Centre
Cumbria is the birthplace of Quakers, a Christian movement formally known as the Religious Society of Friends. The Quaker Tapestry Exhibition Centre is home to a series of captivating embroidery panels and artefacts, all of which offer insight into Quaker history in Cumbria and across the globe. Perfect for families, the centre hosts a range of events and embroidery workshops, and has a fantastic shop and cafe.
The Famous 1657 Chocolate House
Originally built in the 1630s, The Famous 1657 Chocolate House is a delightful shop and tea room serving a range of 17th century-inspired confectionary and 16 varieties of speciality hot chocolate. Browse over 100 types of luxury chocolates, build your own hamper or gift box and enjoy a delicious light lunch or decadent gateaux in the tea room.
Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry
The Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the history of the Lake District. With fascinating exhibits to explore, including a Cumbrian farmhouse and Victorian high street, this family-friendly museum is ideal for those looking to discover how people lived and worked, and how the dramatic landscape shaped their lives.
Kendal is less than an hour from Whitbarrow and is a great place to visit during your stay. If you would like further ideas on what to do in the Lakes, please contact the Whitbarrow team who will be happy to help you plan your trip.