I love the UK. I’m a big fan of the staycation. When I was little we used to go on holiday to Gwithian every year and it was the most fun ever. My family have been going there for generations so it’s nice to carry that tradition on. I really love the UK. I think we’ve got some fantastic places to visit here, although I’ve been to an embarrassingly small number of them personally.
So far I’ve been to most of Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Derby (and the surrounding dales), Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Salisbury, Bath, Bristol, London, Canterbury, Whitstable and we’re off to Harrogate in February.
However, one of the places I’ve always really wanted to go is the Lake District. Kendal, in particular has always taken my fancy and hopefully we’ll be able to go when we visit Harrogate as it’s not too far. It’s home to lots of great food producers (always a strong draw for us!) with it of course being the home to Kendal mint cake.
Here’s my list of top attractions in Kendal.
1. Kendal Castle
Some people would be disappointed about this being a ruin but I just find the age of these things absolutely fascinating. It was built in the 12th century (which is 300 years before America was even discovered and nearly 600 years since America was founded) which just seriously blows my mind. It’s been a ruin since Tudor times. It’s free to wander around and offers some lovely views of the town. A reconstruction of the castle can be seen at the museum.
2. Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere is only a 20 minute drive from Kendal and I don’t think I need to explain why I want to go there. I’ll let the picture do the talking…
I’ll be honest, this is the main reason for my excitement about Kendal. More? Artisan won the Supreme Champion at the Great Taste Awards a few years ago and consistently pick up 3 stars for their products. I’ve been lucky enough to taste their famous gluten-free brownies and they are literally the best thing I’ve ever tasted. So tasty in fact, they are actually on my Christmas list. At £13 for 6, they aren’t the cheapest but they are by far the best (and people wouldn’t think twice about spending £21 on 6 beers so when you think about it like that, they’re actually a bargain).
4. Levens Hall
Famed for being home to the oldest, most extensive topiary in the world, Leven Hall has been occupied since the 1590′s and is apparently haunted. It’s super child friendly with a playground, a quiz, a maze and even a selection of costumes you can borrow while you walk around.
Now for the fun bit. Travelodge have very kindly given me a one-night stay to give away to one of you lucky lot.
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