Bed and Breakfast Kendal

Kendal, also known as the Auld Grey Town because the majority of its buildings are constructed from locally sourced grey limestone, is one of the most popular tourist hotspots in the Lake District. The town is well known as the home of Kendal mint cake and for the production of tobacco products which dates back to the late 18th century. If you want to enjoy a relaxing break or an extended vacation in beautiful countryside Kendal is the perfect place for you.

Ash Meadows Guest House is proud to offer visitors the highest quality bed and breakfast accommodation in Kendal. Based in a traditional Victorian home that has been renovated to a very high standard, we offer beautifully furnished en suite rooms at incredible rates. Every room is designed to make you as comfortable as possible and contains all the essential fixtures. Internet access is available via Wi-Fi throughout the property. Breakfast is also included in the room price, with cooked and continental options available and suitable cuisine offered for those guests who have dietary requirements.

Your friendly hosts at the Ash Meadows Guest House, Peter and Philippa, are happy to do all they can for you to make your stay as pleasant as possible. They can offer you directions and advice about things to see and do and as avid hikers and cyclists they can even help you find the best trails to explore. Secure cycle storage and a drying room are available on site for guest use, we have ample on street parking and off street parking at weekends and during school holidays

At Ash Meadows Guest House we welcome all guests and offer special room discounts if you only require single occupancy. Unfortunately we do not have a family room and do not allow pets. When you want a stunning bed and breakfast in Kendal please consider us. If you have any queries please contact us and we will address them. You can get in touch by calling us on 01539 732606 or emailing


 Situated to the South of the Lake District, six miles from junction 36 of the M6 motorway, and only a few miles from the sea, Kendal is especially well placed to cater for everyone’s holiday needs.

The town is home to a fine selection of shopping arcades, can boast two castles, two museums, a host of historical buildings and bridges, fine restaurants, a multitude of public houses, and views that would please the most demanding photographer.

Kendal is often seen as the Southern gateway to the Lake District, being only around 9 miles from Windermere and around 30 miles from Keswick. The other lakes are all within an hour or two's travelling by car from the town, as are locations for walks and rambles, both gentle and demanding.

Kendal has, at various times in the past, been an important centre for trade and commerce. The town’s traditional trade was in wool, from which the town’s motto “Pannus mihi panis”, literally meaning “wool is my bread” was taken.

There is also a strong link with the footwear industry, Kendal being home to the famous K-Shoes brand up until the factories ceased to operate around 2003. The warehouse on the edge of town now houses one of Kendal’s excellent shopping arcades.

The town’s most famous export must be Kendal Mint Cake.

Today the town is home to a thriving retail sector, with no less than five shopping arcades; K Village, the Westmorland Shopping Centre, Blackhall Yard Shopping arcade, the Elephant Yard and Wainwright’s Yard. The Town Centre has recently mostly been pedestrianised and offers a safe connection point for all these shopping areas.

Kendal is home to a multitude of historically exciting buildings, including the parish church on the river side in Kirkland, a number of houses and office buildings designed and built by renowned local architects, the 14th century Castle Dairy, Kendal Castle and Castle Howe, Abbot Hall Museum, Kendal Museum, a host of churches and chapels and rows of houses built from the 1600’s right through to the present day.

From the Romans, who left us with the camp at Watercrook on the banks of the river Kent, to the Normans who left us with not one but two castles and a church that is only a few feet narrower than the mighty York Minster, to the Elizabethans and the Victorians, who left us with a wealth of architecture that can only usually be found in larger towns and cities, Kendal is a North Western gem that deserves a visit.

Kendal was the largest town in the County of Westmorland (though not the capital which was Appleby), before it became part of Cumbria. It was a one of the country's main manufacturing towns from the 14th Century until the 19th Century.

The layout of the town is characterised by the narrow yards and lanes branching from the main street. It is less than a mile from the National Park boundary but is overlooked by the majority of people heading for Windermere and Grasmere.

Tourist Attractions:

Kendal Castle, probably late 12th Century, is now a ruin, but worth exploring. From here you can get brilliant views over the town. At Kendal Museum is an exhibition telling the story of the Castle, its people , and the life of the town. There is a reconstruction of the Castle.

The Parish Church, Holy Trinity, is mostly 18th Century, but has been a place of worship since the 13th Century. It is Cumbria's largest parish church, having five aisles, two each side of the nave, and a fine western tower.

Beside the Church is the Abbot Hall Art Gallery, set in an attractive Georgian House beside the River Kent. Major art exhibitions are held here. The Museum of Lakeland Life is housed in what was the stable block of Abbot Hall. There are displays of traditional rural trades of the area, including farming machinery and tools, showing how Cumbrian people lived, worked and entertained themselves over the last 300 years.

The Museum of Natural History and Archaeology is one of the oldest museums in the country, housing outstanding displays of natural history and archaeology, both local and global.

The Quaker Tapestry, housed in the Kendal Quaker Meeting House, is an embroidery of community art, the creation of more than 4000 people in 15 countries. It shows 300 years of social history, beautifully illustrated.

Castle Howe consists of the earthwork remains of a motte and bailey castle, built around 1092.

Serpentine Woods were created on part of Kendal Fell, overlooking Kendal and the castle during the 1800s. The woods are home to a wide range of bird species, foxes and squirrels. The trees and shrubs grow over a bed of limestone pavement that shows through its layer of foliage in several places. There are a number of paths that can be taken through the woods, with walks totalling around 3 miles in all.

Brewery Arts Centre is a multi-purpose arts complex presenting a year round programme of theatre, music, films, lectures and exhibitions, together with a range of amateur participatory activities including art and craft workshops, Cumbria Youth Theatre, and classes.

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