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If you want to travel to Windermere to experience the beauty of the Lake District, you can browse and secure cheap train tickets to Windermere with TransPennine Express.
For onward bus travel from Windermere station visit Stagecoach, Traveline or call 0871 200 2233. If you want to keep things easy, PlusBus is available as an add on fare to your train ticket for £7.00 daily (£4.70 with a Railcard). Taxis are available right outside the station, bicycle hire is available at the station too.
The journey from Kendal to Windermere takes just 14 minutes, whilst the train from Lancaster to Windermere has a journey time of 40 minutes. Manchester to Windermere trains will take you 2 hours and those from Preston take 1 hour. The trip from Edinburgh to Windermere takes around 2 and a half hours with a quick change at Oxenholme.
You can get cheap train tickets to Windermere if you purchase them with a Railcard, like a 16-25 Railcard. Being flexible with your trains and travelling outside of peak times will help you cut costs too. Buying your ticket to Windermere in advance is also a great way to save money on your train travel, with savings of over 50% available.
Trains to and from Windermere run from around 06:30 in the morning until nearly 23:00. The Kendal to Windermere train runs every hour, as does the Lancaster to Windermere train.
At Windermere train station, there is a car park with space for up to 19 cars and 6 bikes. You’ll also find seated waiting areas, toilets with accessible toilets and baby change facilities, and a ticket office with ticket machines.
There’s plenty for both children and adults at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. Visit the Peter Rabbit garden that won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. The Blackwell Arts And Crafts House is a wonderful example of elegant architecture designed by Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott in the 19th Century. There are also furniture and art exhibitions for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy a tour with Mountain Goat and choose from a variety of tours from ‘The High Adventure’ to the ‘Ten Lakes Spectacular’ tours.
Why not have a brilliant brunch or an evening meal at sunset with the unique Sail'n’Dine? Glide along Windermere and enjoy a wonderful meal to remember .Whether you are with friends or family, Blue Smoke at Low Wood Bay is a great choice with stunning views overlooking the lake and stylish décor. The area holds an excellent selection of pubs; head to the Angel Inn Bowness which boasts stunning vistas of the Lakeland fells and a menu serving Cumbrian classics as well as a few modern twists.
With beds starting at £10 a night, amazing views of Windermere and also bell tents available, it’s well worth checking out YHA Windermere. Just a 10-minute taxi ride from the station is The Queens Head in Troutbeck. This 17th century former coaching inn offers sumptuous rooms with amazing views. Bristling with awards and recommendations, the Cedar Manor Hotel is a hugely popular boutique hotel a very short walk from the station.
Lakeland started its life here in Windermere so it makes sense to wander the company’s huge flagship store, not least because it’s right by the station. The World of Beatrix Potter Nursery Shop in Bowness stocks beautiful luxurious baby and toddler clothing, gift, soft toys and nursery accessories. Take a cruise up to Ambleside and check out Hawkshead Outdoor Limited, where you’ll find all the gear you’ll need to get out and about.
For more ideas on what to do in Windermere, see Visit Lake District, Cumbria.
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