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Things to do in Windermere

Things to do in Bowness on Windermere

The lake district is one of the most beautiful places to visit within the UK.  The views, walks, shops, attractions and the lake itself provide an overwhelming selection of activities perfect for people of all ages.

Whether you are here for a day, week or month, the memories you create will stay with you for a lifetime!

So, without further ado, we wanted to give you an amazing insight into a few of the amazing places to visit during your stay in Windermere.

Bowness Bay Marina

Bowness Bay Marina is the best place to hire a boat in Windermere.

Let’s start with the main attraction, Lake Windermere!

What better way is there to enjoy the lake by hiring a motorboat?

Exploring the lake will allow you to see a side to Windermere that mere land dwellers will not!

You can see the islands at close hand, cruise to any of the lakeside hotels and bars for a spot of lunch or have a family picnic surrounded by stunning views, the options are endless!

The motorboats for hire by Bowness Bay Marina are set up to cater for most budgets allowing everybody to enjoy the lake. The boats on offer allow couples, families and groups to enjoy the lake.

There are standard and premium options available that can be seen on the Bowness Bay Marina website.

To book one of the boats or find out more information please contact the Windermere Boat Hire team on 015394 45535

Lakes Aquarium
Lakes Aquarium is a great place to visit when in Windermere.
The Aquarium is ideal for families and groups looking to experience animals and climates from a range of different areas such as Asia, the Americas, Africa and of course, the lake district.

Guests can experience a variety of fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians from around the globe, from cute clownfish to poisonous dart frogs to meat eating Piranhas, the aquarium has it all.

The journey starts by following a map through the different sections allowing people to take pictures to document the journey.

We definitely recommend this place during your stay, especially if you have children.

For more information visit the official Lakes Aquarium website here.

The World of Beatrix Potter
The Beatrix Potter Museum offers a fascinating insight into the mind of Beatrix and her characters.
The World of Beatrix Potter provides a magical journey through the eyes of Potter´s most famous characters, Jemima Puddleduck and Peter Rabbit.

The tour starts with a short film that gives you a fascinating insight into all things Beatrix Potter!

Beatrix Potter wrote most of her children´s tales while living in the Lake District, and this fascinating attraction highlights her life and works in a child-friendly environment.

The museum is literally a 2-minute walk from the lake and will keep children of all ages entertained for hours.

When you have visited the museum why not treat yourself to some fish and chips courtesy of Vinegar Jones, one of the most famous chip-shops in the UK.

The museum tour can be booked here.

Steamboat Museum
Steam Boat Museum
The Steamboat museum in Windermere plays home to a unique collection of historic steamboats and motorboats including the SL Dolly of 1850, the oldest mechanically powered boat in the world. Amazingly, the SL Dolly is still in running order

There is a range of boats to view alongside knowledgeable staff who are able to answer any questions.

The museum is located on Rayrigg Road, Bowness, LA23 1BN.

On top of the walks and other attractions, exploring Windermere can be hungry work which is why we have to mention one of the most popular places to relax and experience great food and drink.

Porto Restaurant
Porto Restaurant Windermere
The Porto restaurant is an award-winning restaurant in the heart of Bowness. The AA Rosette awarded eatery has a range of impressive menus catering for all lovers of fine food.

Customers can choose from a selection of Cumbrian classics, 3-course meals or something truly special off the a la carte menu.

The restaurant has several elegant dining rooms to choose from as well as a heated roof terrace to make your experience much more special.

For more information please view the official Porto restaurant here.

And there we have it! Just a few of the most popular things to do in Windermere. Should you have any questions regarding any local activities or anything boat related please contact us directly.

Contact Us

Windermere Boat Sales
Bowness Bay Marina
Winander House
Glebe Road
Cumbria LA23 3HE

Office 015394 22695



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