Windermere from Brant Fell copyright Dave Willis

Windermere - explore and visit

Windermere in the Lake District - ten and a half miles long and 219 feet deep - is England's largest lake. Its name comes from the Scandinavian for 'lake of a man called Vinandr'.

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Wheel of a steamer © Dave Willis

Brockhole Visitor Centre

Have a great day out at Brockhole! Explore 30 acres of stunning gardens, hire bikes for the family, enjoy lake Windermere by boat and let the children blow off some steam on the adventure playground or relax in our new restaurant,The Gaddum!

Visit the Brockhole website!

Windermere and the surrounding area is arguably the most famous and popular area in the whole of the Lake District. There are a range of activities, attractions, places of interest and things to do around the lake, and on it!

Whether you are looking for accommodations in Windermere, or one of the local villages, we can help you find the perfect location. Choosing the right location can help you plan out your visit - or if you are just staying for the one day, take a look at the activities available in the local area.

Towns and villages


A mile inland from Windermere, Ambleside is a bustling town of outdoor equipment shops, bookshops, gift shops, cafes and restaurants and a cinema. Nestled in the valley between various fells, it's the start and end point for many walks.


You can take a launch from the piers here south down towards Bowness. There are also some cafes and hotels.


Half way down Windermere, and a mile and a half downhill from Windermere village and its railway station. Pop into our Bowness Bay Information Centre, shop, eat, get an icecream and watch the bustle of the steamers arriving and departing from Bowness Bay. You can also hire rowing boats.


Right at the southern foot of Windermere you can find the Lakes Aquarium, one end of the Haverthwaite Steam Railway or take a launch north.


Windermere is just over one mile from the lake and is where the Oxenholme to Windermere railway line terminates. It is a busy little town with a good variety of local shops. The flagship store for Lakeland is situated close to the railway station. There is also a branch of Booths supermarket.


Being the most popular part of the Lake District, Windermere is easy to get around, but you might still need the help of one of our maps. These can also help you find the local tourist information centres, including Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre.

Our pay and display car parks

Getting here and around

Windermere station has regular trains linking to the mainline at Oxenholme. From the station forecourt frequent buses take you to Bowness, Brockhole, Ambleside and Grasmere as well as further afield. Windermere Lake Cruises boats travel the length of the Lake and there is a network of traffic free cycle paths. For more details and links to timetables visit our Travel and Transport pages.

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Waterfront at Bowness Bay

This page is brought to you by the staff of Bowness Bay Information Centre.

We can help you with booking accommodation, tickets or attractions. See us on the south side of Bowness Bay, home to Bowness Information Centre.