Dairy Cottage

the cottage
the area
local attractions
contact us
booking info
Local Attractions

There's always plenty to do in the local area, even on a rainy day...


Kendal Castle: now a ruin but still worth a visit as it offers panoramic views over Kendal.

Kendal Museum: A museum of natural history and archaeology

Museum of Lakeland Life, Kendal:  takes you back through time to tell the story of the Lake District and its inhabitants

Holker Hall, Cartmel: Home to Lord and Lady Cavendish, Victorian wing, glorious gardens and parkland.

Dove Cottage, Grasmere: Wordsworth's most famous home where he lived from 1799 to 1808

Levens Hall, Nr Kendal: Elizabethan mansion and world famous topiary gardens.

Hilltop, Hawkshead: 17th-century house where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her
famous children's stories.

Lakes Aquarium, Newby Bridge: Explore worlds of watery fun at Lakes Aquarium. Discover otters, pike, perch and char aswell as marmoset monkeys, caiman and British sharks and rays

Blackwell, Bowness: One of Britain's finest Arts & Crafts houses, situated in a stunning setting overlooking lake Windermere

Rheged, Penrith: offers a range of sights and things to do from shops and restaurants to theatres and playgrounds

Sizergh Castle, Nr Kendal: Medieval House with Tudor additions surrounded by a superb garden and large estate.

Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow: Over 100 years of motoring history, the Campbell Bluebird exhibition, IOM TT tribute display and the Leven Valley heritage centre

Lakeside & Haverthwaite railway: Steam trains running a seasonal daily service from Haverthwaite to Lakeside via the Leven valley


Grizedale Forest: Grizedale Forest has activities for all ages from mountain biking to relaxing walks, Go-Ape to sculpture in the forest.

Lakeland Climbing Centre: Largest indoor climbing wall in Cumbria

4x4 Kankku: 4x4 vehicles that you drive on rough and rocky scenic trails through the Lake District National Park.

Lakes Leisure: 25m swimming pool, 40+ station gym, indoor sports hall, children's holiday activities and a 900-seat theatre venue.

Lakeland Segway: Unique guided tours on a Segway Personal Transporter around a scenic private Lakeland estate

Plus horse riding, cycling, hiking, fishing, water sports etc are all available locally.

Arts and Culture

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal: one of Britain's finest independent art galleries in a beautiful setting beside the river Kent.

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal: 450 capacity music venue, three cinemas, two visual arts galleries, drama studio, darkroom facilities, meeting rooms, great restaurant/cafe/bar.

The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness: lively annual season of music, theatre, comedy and film starts in August to December.

Zeffirellis and Fellini’s, Ambleside: offers the complete evening out - you can wine and dine, see a film and then watch some live jazz in the jazz bar

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick:  year-round professional producing and presenting theatre


K Village Outlet, Kendal: 28 premium factory outlets selling famous brands at up to 60% discount.

Westmorland Shopping Centre, Kendal: Numerous well known shops, indoor market and cafes.

Kendal town centre: pedestrianised shopping area with well known high street names, plus specialist shops.  Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays plus farmers market last Friday of the month.  

Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside offer numerous outdoor and specialist shops.

Hayes Garden Centre: large garden centre, aquatics centre, pet shop, gifts, home ware etc plus café.

Supermarkets are few mins drive from Dairy Cottage.

Food and Drink

Choice of pubs, restaurants and cafes in Kendal, plus numerous country pubs in the South Lakes area.

What’s On

For a guide to what’s on when you’re planning to visit, please click on the following link:

Dairy Cottage, C/o Tarnbank House, Skelsmergh, Nr Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9AS
 Tel: 01539 823186