Things to do in Windermere & Bowness

You’ll never be short of something to do in Bowness-on-Windermere and nearby Windermere – indoors and out, rain or shine, on or off the water, up on the fells or strolling through the town.

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Most of all, relax, you don’t have to fit it all in! Enjoy your stay!

From restaurants, cafes, and pubs to refuel in; shops to pick up souvenirs; museums, attractions, galleries and historic houses to visit; places to indulge in a delicious afternoon tea; numerous ways to get out on the water – be it a cruiser or a rowing boat; magnificent views of the fells to take in on a walk; outdoor activities aplenty, from crazy golf to tennis; and nightlife to enjoy for party people.

We’re here to help you pick from the best Bowness and Windermere have to offer…


Windermere & Bowness Cottages

Windermere’s allure lies in its picturesque setting along England’s largest lake, offering leisurely cruises, lakeside vistas, and a vibrant town ambience.

Meanwhile, Bowness exudes sophistication with its heritage charm, quaint streets, and a delightful array of shops, eateries, and cinemas.

In this serene landscape, adventure meets tranquillity, inviting you to explore winding country lanes and challenging trails amidst the breathtaking Lake District scenery. Savour the diverse culinary scene and immerse yourself in the stories of poets that echo through the historic streets.

Windermere and Bowness promise an unforgettable fusion of natural beauty, rich heritage, and captivating experiences at every turn.

Find your perfect Bowness & Windermere Cottage.

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