Kendal is a small market town and parish in the south of Cumbria. It lies on the banks of the River Kent, some 20 miles north of Lancaster. Kendal is the third largest town in Cumbria with a population of around 27,000.

Previously a part of the county of Westmorland, modern Kendal is known as a centre of tourism, the home of Kendal Mint-Cake, and a world-famous manufacturer of tobacco snuff. Its buildings, predominantly made from local grey limestone, give Kendal its nickname: the Auld Grey Town.

Places to Visit:

  • Kendal Museum of Archaeology and Natural History is among the oldest in the UK, featuring a display on Lake District geology, and a large stuffed Polar Bear.
  • Abbot Hall Art Gallery is housed in a Georgian lodge, it holds major national exhibitions. It’s permanent collections include works by George Romney, John Ruskin, Ben Nicholson, JMW Turner, Paula Rego, John Ruskin, Barbara Hepworth Stanley Spencer and Lucian Freud.
  • Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry gives the visitor an insight into the way Cumbrians lived and worked in the last 250 years.
  • Kendal Castle (constructed in the 12th century, now in ruins) overlooks the town, Rumours still circulate that King Henry VIII’s sixth wife Catherine Parr is believed to have been born at Kendal Castle, but these are unfounded.
  • The Friends’ Meeting House, featuring the historic Quaker Tapestry.
  • The Brewery Arts Centre offers dance, theatre, cinemas, exhibitions, workshops, music, and youth drama.
  • Kendal Farmers Market takes place on the last Friday of every month selling a wealth of high quality local produce.

Photo Dr Savage