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How to Spend 1 Day in Windermere

How to Spend 1 Day in Windermere

The perfect jumping-off point for explorations in the Lake District—England’s largest and most-visited national park—the town of Windermere also abuts the country’s largest lake. Within easy reach of heritage villages and scenic attractions, Windermere (and the surrounding region) can be seen in just one day. Here’s how.

Morning: Follow in Wordsworth’s Footsteps

Billed as the most popular village in Cumbria, nearby Grasmere boasts riverside scenery, charming cottages, and a tranquil pace of living. But that’s not why it’s famous. Instead, the village is best-known as the former residence of Romantic poet William Wordsworth, who wandered lonely as a cloud and composed his odes to daffodils while living here. Get your morning off to a cultural start when you follow in the poet’s footsteps: You can visit several of his former abodes, and even see his final resting place, in the cemetery at St. Oswald’s Church.

Afternoon: Learn About the Life of Beatrix Potter

Wordsworth wasn’t the only writer who took inspiration from the Lake District’s extraordinary scenery: Beatrix Potter, known for her beloved children’s stories and watercolor illustrations, lived just a hop, skip, and a jump away, at a house called Hill Top in the village of Hawkshead. Pause at a country pub for a hearty lunch (or venture to a traditional tea room) en route to your next stop. Upon arrival at Hill Top, you can tour her rural farmstead, wander the gardens that inspired her work, and see her original artworks displayed in the on-site gallery.

Evening: Cruise on England’s Largest Lake

Wind down your day in Windermere with a particularly magical experience: a cruise on Lake Windermere. The glacier-carved lake is ringed with verdant hills, and sunset is a peaceful time to take in its glory. Alternatively, venture to the bustling market town of Kendal, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Watch the sun go down behind the ruins of 12th-century Kendal Castle, admire its heritage architecture, and dine in one of the rustic local inns.

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Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

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On this in-depth, full-day tour, you’ll follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter. Go behind the scenes to get a comprehensive overview of the acclaimed writer, illustrator, and scientist, best known for her “Peter Rabbit” series. Tours include stops where the author lived and worked, plus admission tickets to the Beatrix Potter Gallery and Armitt Museum.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$146.28
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Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise

Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise

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Visit the Beatrix Potter house and some of the Lake District’s prettiest locations on an afternoon tour from Windermere. After a scenic Lake Windermere cruise, travel through idyllic countryside to Hill Top, the Beatrix Potter home where the beloved children’s author lived during the early 1900s. See the garden and rooms left as she would have known them and learn about her life here. Finish with a visit to the quaint village of Hawkshead, where poet William Wordsworth attended school; and Tarn Hows, one of Lakeland’s most gorgeous spots. Please note Hill Top is an additional £11.80 per adult and £5.90 per child. This must be booked with Mountain Goat at least 24 hours before the tour departs
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.48
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Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

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Discover another side of the beautiful Lake District, and follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter, on this immersive, half-day tour. Meet your guide at your local accommodation, and venture first to Wray Castle, a former vacation home where Potter spent time as a teenager. Continue to her home at Hill Top, see the villages she used to frequent, and learn more about her life and works. As you go, you’ll also get to admire the Lake District’s wealth of scenery.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.60
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Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

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Without a rental car, rounding up the Lake District spots beloved by Beatrix Potter in a half-day is near-impossible. Ideal for time-crunched visitors, this small-group tour from Windermere, Bowness, and Ambleside visits many such places in a few hours. Explore Beatrix’s Hill Top home, see Esthwaite Lake where she fished, visit Hawkshead, and learn detail about her life and characters via the onboard commentary that you might never otherwise hear.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.18
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Heart of the Lakes

Heart of the Lakes

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This is the ideal experience for nature lovers. Take the stress out of navigating and focus solely on the stunning views, by having transport provided. You’ll travel between dispersed sites and see a lot of The Lake District’s beautiful landscapes in a short space of time. Highlights include Blea Tarn, Langdale Pikes, Coniston, Tarn Hows, Hawkshead, and Great and Little Langdale.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Lakeland Poets: Wordsworth and his circle at Dove Cottage, Grasmere and Rydal Mount - Full Day All-inclusive Tour

Lakeland Poets: Wordsworth and his circle at Dove Cottage, Grasmere and Rydal Mount - Full Day All-inclusive Tour

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Gain insight into the relationship between the English Romantics and their beloved landscape on a Lake poets tour, ideal for literature lovers, history buffs, and nature enthusiasts alike. Discover landmarks including William Wordsworth’s former school, family home, and church, with insights provided by your guide, and benefit from round-trip transfer from a pickup location of your choice for a hassle-free excursion.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$146.28
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William Wordsworth: Morning Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide

William Wordsworth: Morning Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide

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Discover the life of William Wordsworth in the English Lake District on a half-day tour of Grasmere village from Windermere. Visit landmarks that were important to Wordsworth and his family, including St Oswald's Church, Dove Cottage, Dora's Field, Rydal Church, and the poet’s former home at Rydal Mount. This small-group tour explores this scenic destination through the lens of Wordsworth’s life and work.
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  • 3 hours 40 minutes
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